The Club of Odd Volumes: Bibliophiles, Boston, Bernard Quaritch, Union Club of Boston, Somerset Club, Harvard Club of Boston, Algonquin Club, Boston Athenæum

 
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Club of Odd Volumes is a society of bibliophiles founded on January 25, 1887 in Boston, Massachusetts. The club was founded by eighteen Boston bibliophiles in order to promote literary and artistic tastes, the exhibition of books, and social relations among [its] members." The term odd as used in the club''s name is an eighteenth century usage meaning varied or unmatched. The Club and its name were likely inspired by ''The Sette of Odd Volumes'', an English bibliophile dining-club founded in 1878 by Bernard Quaritch, among others. The club began primarily as a dinner club complementing established social clubs like the Algonquin Club, Harvard Club, Somerset Club, and the Union Club. In its earliest years the club was somewhat roving holding meetings and dinners in other clubs and at the Boston Athenæum. The club rented a sizable building on Beacon Hill''s Mount Vernon Street before buying its own five story Federal Style townhouse across the street in 1920. The club has a substantial library of antiquarian books and an archive of letterpress printing."

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