The Transactions of the Grolier Club were published in four parts beginning in 1885. Part I covered the activities of the Club from its founding in January 1884 to July 1885; Part II from July 1885 to February 1894; Part III from February 1894 to July 1899; and Part IV from July 1899 to December 1919. The volumes were the formal record of Grolier events and activities, presented as examples of fine book making, in line with the Club’s initial focus on promoting the arts of the book.
While beautiful, The Transactions proved too large-scale, unwieldy, and intermittent a vehicle for Club news and events, and after four erratically-spaced issues the Club determined that a smaller and less splendid publication might appear more often, and with more regularity. Issue no. 1 of the Gazette of the Grolier Club was launched in May of 1921, with a mandate to publish notices of exhibitions, publications, meetings, and Grolier Club Library acquisitions; statements about scarce or unknown editions, or states of prints belonging to collectors; short bibliographies on various subjects; accounts of printers, publishers, engravers, illustrators and other book-makers; and poems, or other literary pieces on bibliophile subjects.
The first series of the Gazette of The Grolier Club consists of two volumes, Vol. I containing issues 1-11/12, May 1921-June 1929; and Vol. II containing issues 1-8, May 1931-May 1949, published irregularly. After a hiatus of seventeen years the Gazette resumed publication in 1966 with a New Series, at first published occasionally 1966-1973, semi-annually in combined single issues 1974-1980, bi-annually 1981-1984, then annually 1985 to date.
The Transactions and Gazette of The Grolier Club were digitized with the generous support of The Pine Tree Foundation.
About the Grolier Club
The Grolier Club was founded in 1884 by a group of nine bibliophiles dedicated to the art and history of the book. The Library was established to serve the primary mission of the Club, which is (to quote from its Constitution) "to foster the study, collecting, and appreciation of books and works on paper, their art, history, production, and commerce.” It pursues this mission though the maintenance of a collection devoted to all aspects of the book and graphic arts with special strengths in the history of the antiquarian book trade and bibliography. The Library’s holdings of book catalogues are among the most comprehensive in the country; and these, along with the papers of important bibliophiles, bibliographers, and antiquarian book dealers, have long been recognized as an important and often unique resource for Library patrons.
The Library is open to the general public by appointment. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.grolierclub.org