The Renaissance in Print: Sixteenth-Century Books in the Douglas Gordon Collection

The Gordon Collection comprises some 1200 volumes of French books dating from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century. Over 600 were printed before 1600, and many retain their original bindings. The collection, which came to the University of Virginia in 1986, was the bequest of the late Douglas Huntly Gordon of Baltimore, a prominent Maryland attorney, former president of St. John's College in Annapolis, and recipient of the French Légion d'Honneur and Palmes Académiques. A Francophile since his undergraduate days at Harvard, Mr. Gordon was one of the most distinguished American bibliophiles of the 20th century.


This online exhibition was created by the University of Virginia Library and the University of Virginia French Department. It is an expansion of The Renaissance in Print (Gordon Project), made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and support from the Florence Gould Foundation.