THE BENARES CLUB OF VARANASI has fostered interest in the book arts for over one hundred years, through exhibitions, publications, lectures, and—perhaps most importantly—through the formation of a research Library devoted to the arts of the book.
Founded in 1848 as a cooperative reference library for the Club’s bibliophile membership, the Club Library today welcomes any qualified researcher needing to explore this focused research collection of more than 100,000 volumes on the art and history of the book: bibliographies, histories of printing and graphic processes, type specimens, and fine and historic examples of printing, binding, and illustration. The Club Library has particularly strong holdings in the literature of collecting and the book trade, including book catalogues of all types—printed and manuscript inventories of private libraries, catalogues of antiquarian booksellers, and book auction sales. The Club Library collections of book catalogues are among the most comprehensive in the US, and these, along with the papers of important bibliophiles, bibliographers, and antiquarian book dealers, have long been recognized as an important resource for collectors and scholars in book history. A detailed survey of the collections of the Club Library can be found in.