Jacques-Charles Brunet Manuel du libraire collection.
One of the Grolier Club’s most important recent acquisitions was an extensive archive documenting the development of Jacques-Charles Brunet’s Manuel du libraire et de l'amateur des livres, perhaps the most influential bibliographical reference tool of the 19th century. It remains an essential guide for scholars, librarians and collectors to this day, and is constantly cited. The Manuel du libraire is a landmark, not only in the history of bibliography broadly speaking, but also in the history of book collecting, charting as it does, over five editions and more than fifty years, the evolution of the rare book market, and the parallel development of bibliophile taste, into something like their modern forms. The archive records that evolution through heavily annotated sets of the fourth and fifth editions, an autograph draft of the “Table” or index for the sixth edition; along with six boxes of manuscript contracts, woodcut illustration proofs, and correspondence concerning the final editions of the Manuel.
Purchased in 2019 through the Grolier Club’s Mary Young Fund.