The Grolier Club

Two exhibits welcome visitors to the Grolier Club, located at 47 East 60th St. Through April 25, the ground floor gallery hosts Aldus Manutius: A Legacy More Lasting Than Bronze, curated by Grolier president G. Scott Clemons. The second floor gallery offers At Home With Victorian Authors and Artists: William and Helen Allingham through May 23. Both are open to the public free of charge Monday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm.

Courtesy of Robert Lorenzson.

Les Enluminures

An opening reception on April 8, from 6-9 pm, heralds a new exhibition and catalogue from Les Enluminures: The Idda Collection of Romanesque Biblical Manuscripts, c. 980-1240. This exhibition of sixteen manuscripts allows a glimpse into the treasure chests of Romanesque Europe. Included are two early Gospel lectionaries from the Iberian Peninsula, two exceptional Psalters, and the famous tenth-century Liesborn Gospel Book. The exhibit is on view Tuesday through Saturday from April 9 to May 2 at Les Enluminures, 23 E. 73rd St. Visit lesenluminures.com.

Courtesy of Les Enluminures.

The Morgan Library & Museum

A visit to the Morgan, at 225 Madison Ave., offers no less than four major exhibits during Rare Book Week. Hebrew Illumination for Our Time: Barbara Wolff, on view through May 3, showcases the contemporary illumination of the Rose Haggadah. Piranesi and the Temples of Paestum: Drawings from Sir John Soane’s Museum, will be on view through May 17. Embracing Modernism: Ten Years of Drawings Acquisitions, on view through May 24, marks the tenth anniversary of collecting twentieth-century drawings at the Morgan. Lincoln Speaks: Words that Transformed a Nation, on view through June 7, focuses on Abraham Lincoln as a writer and a public speaker.

Courtesy of The Morgan Library & Museum.

New-York Historical Society

Ongoing during Rare Book Week the N-YHS, located at 170 Central Park West, will showcase Audubon’s Aviary: The Final Flight, part three of the highly successful tripartite series, Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock.

Courtesy of New-York Historical Society.

New York Public Library

Until September 4, the NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Ave. at 42nd Street is showing Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography. Ranging from photography’s official announcement in 1839 to manifestations of its current pervasiveness, this landmark exhibition draws on more than 500 images, entirely from the NYPL’s collections, exploring the various ways in which photography has been shared and made public. Photosharing, streetview, and crowdsourcing—none of it is new!

© Adam Magyar, reproduced courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery, New York.

Museum of Modern Art

Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949, on view through April 19, coincides with the culmination of MoMA’s Thomas Walther Collection Project—a four-year collaboration between the museum’s curatorial and conservation staff. Featuring iconic works by such towering figures as Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, André Kertész, László Moholy-Nagy, and Alfred Stieglitz, this exhibition presents the exhilarating story of photography in the years between World War I and World War II.

© 2014 Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York Society Library

Though it is a membership library, non-members are welcomed to the NYSL’s exhibits at its landmark townhouse at 53 East 79th Street. Currently it is showing Readers Make Their Mark: Annotated Books at the New York Society Library through August 15. Peer over the shoulders of readers past and check out what they were writing in the margins! Exhibit highlights include an anonymous contemporary reader’s responses to the first American edition of Austen’s Emma and two books annotated by the sixteenth-century Elizabethan alchemist John Dee.

Courtesy of the New York Society Library.


This past January, bookseller Glenn Horowitz opened RARE, a mid-town gallery to showcase “first editions, manuscripts, letters, archival material, fine art, photography, and decorative arts from the 19th century to the present.” Through April 18, it will host the archive and artwork of Hungarian-born abstract artist Sari Dienes. RARE is located at street level in the Rockefeller Apartments at 17 West 54th Street, across from the Museum of Modern Art’s Sculpture Garden.

Courtesy of Glenn Horowitz Bookseller.