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Grolier Club Exhibitions

Personal Impressions. Ex-Libris: Bookplates, Supralibros.


Bookplate and Book Ornament Designs.

Pickford Robert Waller, 1849-1930. ca. 1914-1917. 


This sketchbook contains 81 watercolor art nouveau designs for bookplates and other ornaments by English artist and illustrator Pickford Waller. A designer of fabrics and wallpaper, Waller also produced book designs for works by Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm, Laurence Binyon, and James Guthrie’s Pear Tree Press. The Getty Research Institute has more than two dozen similar sketchbooks, containing Waller’s drawings for bookplates, book covers, title pages, and page borders.  

Purchased in 2017 with Grolier Club Library Harper Funds; supported by a gift from Mark Samuels Lasner.  


Maria Gerard Messenger Women’s Bookplate Collection, 16th century to 1930s.  


In 2016, the National Museum of Women in the Arts donated a collection of over 2000 women’s bookplates, collected by Long Island philanthropist Maria Gerard Messenger (1849-1937), to the Grolier Club Library. The museum was seeking a home for the collection where it would be made visible and accessible and supported by related research materials. The Grolier Club immediately made good on its commitment, securing a 2016/2017 Digitization Funding Award from METRO (Metropolitan New York Library Council) to digitize all of the bookplates. This selection provides a glimpse of the geographical, temporal, and graphic range of the collection, which is now fully available online.   

Gift of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 2016.