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French Book Arts: Manuscripts, Books, Bindings, Prints, and Documents

This is a spectacular presentation of ten centuries of French printing and book arts drawn entirely from the Grolier Club’s own rich and extensive collections of the art and history of the book. French Book Arts: Manuscripts, Books, Bindings, Prints, and Documents, 12th-21st Century opens to the public on December 14 through February 2, 2019. The inaugural exhibition is a wide-ranging survey of the book arts of France, covering a thousand years of artistic achievements, from Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts to artists’ books and designer bookbindings of the current generation. The Grolier Club has maintained a strong Francophile tradition since its founding in 1884, beginning with its name. Named for Jean Grolier, the French Renaissance collector renowned for his patronage of scholars and printers, for the magnificent bindings he commissioned, and for a generous habit of sharing his library with friends. Six of his books and gorgeous bindings are on view.