- New York: The Grolier Club, 1971.
- 8.5 x 11 inches
- 137 pages
- ISBN: 9780813904580
Price: $60.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 106587
Jean Grolier can be considered a window to the history of French culture. He was interested in Italian and French scholarship, music and publications, antiquarian books, book collecting, and more. The Grolier Club has been named after this "prince of bibliophiles." This book is a groundbreaking study of the legendary bibliophile and patron of printing. Colin Eisler provides an informational and historical introductory study on Jean Grolier and the Renaissance that includes a full-page color illustration of Grolier's Painted Arms and Emblematic Device. It also contains eight full-page black-and-white illustrations including an Italian plaquette binding and various forms of Grolier's signature.
The bibliography includes books and essays that discuss Grolier bindings in different collections, in addition to contemporary references to Jean Grolier. The extensive catalogue lists books from the library of Jean Grolier, providing author, title, editor, imprint, size, provenance, booksellers, catalogues of private libraries and auction sales, and catalogues of institutional libraries. Entries are arranged alphabetically by author, Greek authors are listed in their English form, Roman authors in Latin form, and others in their colloquial form. The book was designed by Greta Franzen and printed by the Halliday Lithograph Corporation.