The history of the most important printing house in Europe: the French Imprimerie Nationale. Drawn from the ancient, vast, and comprehensive archives of the Imprimerie Nationale, the exhibition documents the significant influence of the press, not only on printing and the book arts, but also on French — and European — literary culture from the mid-sixteenth century to the present day. Curated by Grolier Club member H. George Fletcher the exhibition tells the story of the Imprimerie Nationale, from the royal printers established by François I in 1538, to the Imprimerie Royale created by Cardinal Richelieu in 1640, through many generations of development, marked often by artistic innovation and wide cultural influence. Over 200 objects will be on show, all classified as French monuments historiques, and never before seen outside of France.
The Grolier Club
The Grolier Club (Upper and Lower Gallery)
47 East 60th Street