The New International Encyclopædia/Grolier Club

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GROLIER (grō'lyắ') CLUB. A celebrated society of bibliophiles, founded in New York City in January, 1884. The club is named after Jean Grolier de Servières, Viscount d'Aguisy, Treasurer-General of France, whose library was famous. The objects of the club are literary study and the promotion of the arts of typesetting, printing, and binding. The founders of the club, who have also been largely instrumental in its success, were William L. Andrews, A. W. Drake, Albert Gallup, Robert Hoe, Jr., Brayton Ives, Samuel W. Marvin, E. S. Mead, and Arthur B. Turnure. A club-house is maintained in New York, and contains an excellent bibliographical library, a lecture and reading room, and many valuable pictures and prints. By exhibitions, lectures and the issue of specially prepared books, perfection in the art of book-making is encouraged. The club has issued over a score of publications since its formation, including the edition of the Philobiblion of Richard du Bury, and Catalogues of Early and Original Editions from Langland to Wither; Bookbinding as a Fine Art, by Robert Hoe; Modern Book Binding, by William Matthews; and Historic Printing Types, by T. L. De Vinne. An original, otherwise unpublished work is Washington Irving, by George William Curtis.