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Grolier Club Bookplates

Past and Present

An illustrated volume showcasing some of the most important bookplates produced in America from the collection of the Grolier Club.

A bookplate may be viewed as a metaphorical portrait of a book collector or collection, using the designer’s personal graphic style. It also tells a story about the relationship between the artist and the patron. Illustrious collectors like Eleanor Roosevelt, Philip Hofer, and Paul Mellon come to life through the bookplates designed by the artistic eyes of Dorothy Sturgis Harding, Eric Gill, and Rudolph Koch. Grolier Club Bookplates, Past & Present is a veritable who’s-who of both book collectors and graphic artists who created their personalized ex-libris over the past 130 years, down to the present day. This carefully researched and amply annotated book not only provides a feast for a bibliophile’s eyes but also explores the meaning behind the symbolism in the plates and the legacy of their artists.

160 pages | 116 color plates, 20 halftones | 6 x 9

Art: American Art


Library Science and Publishing: Publishing

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Table of Contents

Preface “Refinement, Taste, & Book Culture”: The Place of the Bookplate in Book History by Alexander Lawrence Ames
Bookplate Collecting & Commissioning: An Introduction by William E. Butler
The Curiosity of Bookplate Collecting: Irene D. Andrew’s Pace, Within and Beyond the Book by Molly E. Dotson
Bookplates of Past Grolier Club Members
Bookplates of Current Grolier Club Members
Index of Owners, Collectors, Designers & Printers

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