The Grolier Club Announces Opening of Exhibition Celebrating Benjamin Franklin as Writer and Printer

Opening December 12, 2007, Benjamin Franklin, Writer and Printer, takes a fresh, even surprising, look at Franklin’s dual relationship to the book as printer and author.  Benjamin Franklin, Writer and Printer is open free of charge and found in the ground floor gallery of the Grolier Club on 47 East 60th Street.  The exhibition, originally conceived as a centerpiece of the Library Company of Philadelphia’s 275th Anniversary celebration in 2006, is curated by Librarian James Green and University of Pennsylvania English Professor Peter Stallybrass.

Incorporating more than eighty artifacts, the exhibition is divided into three main sections, the first focusing on Franklin’s career as a printer, the next on his writing, and the final section devoted to his Autobiography, an international best-seller and the most widely-published autobiography of all time.

The exhibition will also feature rare artifacts not seen in the Philadelphia exhibit such as Franklin’s edition of Samuel Richardson’s Pamela, which is the only known copy of the book and the first novel published in America.  In addition, Stephen Elmer’s oil portrait presentation of Franklin, known as “The Politician,” painted in 1780 will be on display thanks to Stuart Karu, the pre-eminent collector of Frankliniana.

This exhibit is open for viewing on Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, with the exhibition running through February 2, 2008.

For further information, visit the Grolier Club website at or call 212-838-6690.