Austin, Gabriel

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Gabriel Austin was curator of the Grolier Club (a society for bibliophiles located in New York City) from 1963 to 1965 and librarian from 1965 to 1970. Jean Grolier was a French court official and bibliophile who served in various capacities under Louis XII, Francois I, Henry II and Charles IX. He was a patron of French and Italian scholarship and printing. Grolier's extensive library may have numbered as many as 3,000 volumes, and he commissioned elaborate bindings for many of them. The collection was dispersed in 1676, but about 561 titles have been traced to their current owners. The Grolier Club published Austin's The library of Jean Grolier in 1971.

From the description of Papers relating to the preparation of The library of Jean Grolier: a preliminary catalogue, 1965-1995 (bulk 1965-1971). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122592408

Gabriel Austin was Curator and then Librarian of the Grolier Club (1962-1969), head of the book department at Sotheby Parke-Bernet (1969-1975), and owner and operator of Wittenborn Art Books (1975-1992), all in New York City. He saw the need for better control of the catalogs of French auctions while preparing his book, The library of Jean Grolier: a preliminary catalogue, published by the Grolier Club in 1971. Austin organized his work on the French auction catalogs in emulation of George Leslie McKay's American book auction catalogs, 1713-1934: a union list (1934). In creating his own work, Austin made use of lists by Waters S. Davis in the 1920s and 1930s, which derived from information in the catalogs of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, the British Museum (now Library), the New York Public Library and Harvard University, as well as catlogs in the Grolier Club. Austin visited additional collections and delved further into the collections of the BNF. He viewed his list as an index to the names of book collectors in France as well as a record of auctions.

From the description of Lists of French sale catalogs (1630-1993) and related materials, 1973?-1996. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122592416

Relation Name
correspondedWith Brin, E. (Erwinna) person
correspondedWith Davis, Waters S., d. 1940 person
associatedWith Eccles, Mary Hyde. person
correspondedWith Grannis, Ruth Shepard, 1872-1954 person
associatedWith Grolier Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Grolier Club. Committee on Modern Fine Printing. corporateBody
associatedWith Grolier Club. House Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Grolier Club. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Grolier Club. Library Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Grolier, Jean, 1479-1565 person
correspondedWith Heilbrun, George person
correspondedWith Hobson, Anthony, 1944- person
associatedWith Le Roux de Lincy, 1806-1869. person
correspondedWith Lucien Goldschmidt, Inc. corporateBody
correspondedWith Munby, A. N. L. (Alan Noel Latimer), 1913-1974 person
correspondedWith Nixon, Howard M. person
correspondedWith Rau, Arthur person
associatedWith Shipman, Carolyn, person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Private libraries
Rare books
Private libraries--16th century
Book collectors
Auction catalogs
Book collecting--16th century
Book collectors--16th century


Active 1973

Active 1996



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