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Grolier Club Exhibitions

Nolan J. Goodman

Used, rare, and out-of-print books have always been a part of my life. As one of six children, I began working in my father’s bookstore in Stillwater, Minnesota at 12 years old. It was from this singular experience that I learned the trade, as well as developed my passion for researching, cataloguing, and collecting books.

After an initial foray into collecting the early volumes produced at the Roycroft Shop, I realized that the output from the Roycrofters that most captivated me all came from one man: little-known bookbinder Lorenz Schwartz.

My collection of Lorenz Schwartz bindings includes important and relevant examples of his work from throughout his career. The primary goal of the collection is to appropriately place Schwartz within the history of American bookbinding: a master bookbinder whose idiosyncratic, hand-tooled bindings are among the finest ever produced in this country.