Congratulations to our colleague Andrea Immel and the others involved in the exhibition One Hundred Books Famous in Children’s Literature at the Grolier Club in New York. A uniquely bound catalogue for the exhibit, curated by Chris Loker with contributions by Immel and six others, was auctioned off tonight for a winning bid of $20,000.
A number of loans from the Cotsen Children’s Library can be seen in the exhibition, which presents 100 children’s books printed from 1600 to 2000. Among the volumes on display are Robinson Crusoe, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Tom Sawyer, Where the Wild Things Are, and Harry Potter. Immel was part of an international team of children’s book scholars chosen by Loker to make the difficult selection. Shown with the 100 books are also 50 historic artifacts that demonstrate the interrelationships between the famous books and the culture of their era.
One Hundred Books Famous in Children’s Literature is the sixth in a notable series of “Grolier Hundred” exhibitions. The Grolier Club previously has organized only five such exhibitions in its 130-year history, focusing on English literature (1902), American literature (1946), science (1958), medicine (1994) and fine printed books (1999).