Paris, November 14th, 2011 - From December 7th, 2011 till February 4th, 2012, the Imprimerie Nationale will be the guest of the Grolier Club of New York, the oldest bibliophiles' American club, for an exceptional exhibition on the history of the Imprimerie Nationale.
The exhibition "Printing for Kingdom, Empire, and Republic " will stage the biggest treasures of the Imprimerie Nationale realized throughout the last five centuries. The Atelier du Livre d’Art et de l’Estampe of the Imprimerie Nationale, the last traditional production line in the world, preserves the most important collection of punches in the world.
More than 200 masterpieces, the majority classified as "Historic Monuments", including original manuscripts, old books and artists' books, prints, punches, matrices and line-engraving brass instruments dating from the XVIth century to our days, and for some revealed for the first time, will be showed to the public in the galleries of Grolier Club.
Will be exhibited "The Politics" of Aristote, written by Angel Vergèce, the Cretan calligrapher of François 1st, "The Ecclesiastical History" of Eusèbe of Césarée, the first book printed with the Greeks of King in the time of the printers of the King in 1544, and also "Imitatione Christi", the first manuscript brought out of the press of the Royal Printing office created by Louis XIII and Richelieu.
The biggest collections of punches of the Imprimerie Nationale will be also exhibited, in particular the Greeks of King, the oldest punches of the Imprimerie Nationale, engraved by Claude Garamont, but also Romain of King, Romains de l'Empereur, Marcellin Legrand, without omitting the unique collection of oriental punches.
At the invitation of Grolier Club, masters of art of the Imprimerie Nationale will make demonstrations of their know-how on December 7th, 8th and 9th from 3pm. Conducted tours will specially be organized from December 13th till December 15th at noon by the curator of the Grolier Club, George Fletcher and from January 17th till January 19th 2012 at 3 pm by Lucile Theveneau, curator to the Imprimerie Nationale.
H. George Fletcher will lead a conference on the exhibition on December 14th at 6 pm and a colloquium on the historic know-how of the Imprimerie Nationale will be organized on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 in the premises of the FIAF (French Institute Alliance Française).
The Catalogue of the exhibition, created and printed in the workshops of the Imprimerie Nationale, will be available in limited edition (500 copies).
Printing for Kingdom, Empire, and Republic / Treasures from the Archives of the Imprimerie Nationale From December 7th, 2011 till February 4th, 2012
The Grolier Club
47 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022
Tél : +1 (212) 838-6690
Groupe Imprimerie Nationale
Agnès Martin / Directrice de la Communication
Tel: +33 1 40 58 30 00
Megan Smith / Exhibitions Coordinator
Tel: +1 (212) 838-6690