2nd Breslauer Lecture Focuses on Henry James

David Supino at Grolier ClubDavid Supino at Grolier ClubDavid Supino, a major American collector of the works of Henry James, the eminent 19th-century U.S. author and philosopher, delivered the ATBL’s second annual Bernard Breslauer lecture last May in New York.Mr. Supino, a retired career lawyer and banker, has published an important new bibliography on Henry James, the prolific author of Daisy Miller, The Europeans, and a host of other novels and biographies. James became a naturalized British citizen in 1915.

Supino, who was born in Paris, and educated at Harvard and Yale, is a member of New York’s prestigious Grolier Club. He began collecting the works of obscure 18th-century poets, shifted his interest to Dickens, Thackeray and Trollope, before finally settling on Henry James.His current project, begun in the 1990s, is to catalogue all the James editions published in England, the U.S. and continental Europe from 1875 to 1921.

Supino’s lecture, “ Collecting Henry James: A Transatlantic Adventure,” was given on May 23rd before a packed house at the Grolier Club. It is being published in book form and will be available through the American Trust.

NOTE: The inaugural Breslauer lecture “Bernard H. Breslauer in Retrospect,” delivered by Dr. Roger E. Stoddard, long-time curator of Rare Books for Harvard’s Houghton Library and friend of Mr. Breslauer, is now available for sale at $25.00 plus shipping and handling. Please contact ATBL’s Executive Director, Seana Anderson, to order.

1st Inaugural Breslauer Lecture Honors ATBL Benefactor

The late Bernard H. Breslauer, who bequeathed a magnificent sum to the American Trust for the acquisition of rare books for the British Library, was memorialized last year at the opening lecture of the series names for him. Roger E. Stoddard, longtime curator of Rare Books for Harvard’s Houghton Library, delivered the inaugural lecture. Dr. Stoddard recalled his long personal and professional friendship with Mr. Breslauer, one of America’s most distinguished book collectors. Dr. Stoddards’s talk, a learned discourse on “Bernard H. Breslauer in Retrospect,” drew a large and appreciative crow to New York’s Grolier Club.

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