The Grolier Club is a private club and society of bibliophiles in New York City. Founded in January 1884, it is the oldest existing bibliophilic club in North America. The club is named after Jean Grolier de Servières, Viscount d'Aguisy, Treasurer General of France, whose library was famous; his motto, "Io. Grolierii et amicorum", suggested his generosity in sharing books. The Club's stated objective is "the literary study of the arts pertaining to the production of books, including the occasional publication of books designed to illustrate, promote and encourage these arts; and the acquisition, furnishing and maintenance of a suitable club building for the safekeeping of its property, wherein meetings, lectures and exhibitions shall take place from time to time..."To visit Grolier Club and get the most from your holiday in New York City, create itinerary details personal to you using our New York City day trip planning app.
The Grolier Club maintains a research library specializing in books, bibliography and bibliophily, printing, binding, illustration and bookselling. The Grolier Club has one of the more extensive collections of book auction and book seller catalogs in North America. The Library has the archives of a number of prominent bibliophiles such as Sir Thomas Phillipps, and of bibliophile and print collecting groups, such as the Hroswitha Club of women book collectors and the Society of Iconophiles.
The Grolier Club also has a program of public exhibitions which "treat books and prints as objects worthy of display, on a par with painting and sculpture." The exhibitions draw on various sources including holdings of the Club, its members, and of institutional libraries. In 2013, it hosted an exhibition on women in science.
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The Grolier Club is one of those small treasures of New York. If you love books, real books, you will probably enjoy whatever exhibits are on offer at the Grolier. They are free, easy to access, very.... more »
One might not realize that this private club dedicated to books and book publishing opens its exhibits to the public. And for no charge whatsoever. We visited expressly to see the “500 Years of... more »
Wonderful exhibit and superb collection.
Excellent displays and exhibits. Free to the public.
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