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Grolier Club Exhibitions

Grolier Club Library Additions

In this section, we highlight seven works from the Stanley D. Scott gift that will be added to the Grolier Club Library’s permanent collection. These items were carefully selected by the Library Committee for their ability to fill in gaps, add to the teaching collection, or enhance prominent collecting areas. A particular highlight is a copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle with a royal provenance, elegant penwork initials, and some original hand-coloring.

The Nuremberg Chronicle. A Pictorial World History from the Creation to 1493 The Nuremberg Chronicle. A Pictorial World History from the Creation to 1493

The Nuremberg Chronicle. A Pictorial World History from the Creation to 1493.

Ellen Shaffer. Los Angeles: Plantin Press for Dawson’s Book Shop, 1950. Edition of 300.

Leaf book containing an original leaf from the 1497 Latin Augsburg reprint of the Nuremberg Chronicle. Shaffer’s introduction includes a census of copies in North America of fifteenth-century editions.

This copy was formerly owned by Jacob L. Chernofsky (1928-2004), managing editor of AB Antiquarian Bookman’s Weekly from 1972 to 1999. It is accompanied by the original prospectus.

Historical Relics of George Washington, Inherited and Collected by Mr. William Lanier Washington

Historical Relics of George Washington, Inherited and Collected by Mr. William Lanier Washington.

Anderson Galleries Inc. New York: Anderson Galleries, 1917. [Sale: 19 April 1917] 

The first of three sales of Washington memorabilia from the collection of his descendant, William Lanier Washington (1865-1933). The sale included historical documents, busts, portraits, and personal items such as General Washington’s shoe buckles and candlesticks. Significant purchases were made by William Randolph Hearst and Henry Huntington, among others.

The Grolier Club Library formerly possessed only the two later sale catalogues of 1920 and 1922. Thanks to Stanley Scott’s gift, we now have a complete set. 

Treasure Island

Treasure Island.

Robert Louis Stevenson. London: Cassell & Company, 1886.

Estelle Doheny’s copy of this classic adventure novel in bright red publishers’ cloth (1st ed. 1883). This book will be added to the Grolier Club Library’s teaching collection of publishers’ cloth bindings.

Joachim and the Angel

Joachim and the Angel, ca. 1504 (From the 1511 Latin text edition).

Albrecht Dürer. Woodcut, 298 x 210 mm. Bartsch 78. Meder 190.

One of 19 superb woodcuts designed by Albrecht Dürer for his Life of the Virgin series. He designed the bulk of the cuts between 1502 and 1505 and, in 1511, published the set in book form with a Latin text and frontispiece. This print has Latin text on the reverse indicating it is from the 1511 edition.

In this scene, an angel appears to Joachim in the desert announcing that his wife, Anne, will soon become pregnant with the Virgin Mary.

Grolier Club Library Additions