6. The Grolier Club (Founded 1884)

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Nestled among the beautiful townhouses of the Upper East Side is the Grolier Club, a private club dedicated to the book arts. Founded in 1884 and named for the great French Renaissance bibliophile Jean Grolier, the club hosts eight exhibitions per year. Though the club is private, and membership is by nomination, the exhibits are free and open to the public.

The Grolier Club’s mission, as stated in its constitution, is “to foster the study, collecting, and appreciation of books and works on paper, their art, history, production, and commerce.” Since its inception, the club has maintained a collection of books about books, the history of printing and publishing, author and subject bibliographies, exhibition catalogues, rare books and illuminated manuscripts. The library currently holds over 100,000 volumes.

See more photos inside The Grolier Club here.

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2 thoughts on “10 of NYC’s OIdest Historic Private Clubs

  1. You might want to update this article. The Harmonie Club was founded in 1852…making it the 2nd oldest

    1. Hey Quint! Thanks for the add, we didn’t aim for the 10 absolute oldest in this piece but the Harmonie Club is a great catch!

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