DAMEX, AUGUSTE. Papers, 1932-1966
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Guide to the Auguste Damex Papers, 1932-1966.


Auguste Damex Papers, 1932-1966.



1 box; 1 linear foot

Research material and correspondence compiled by French rare book collector Auguste Damex.  Of note are a series of letters between Damex and Parisian bookseller Blasio Galanti.

 Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use. Copyright restrictions may apply; please contact repository for requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce the materials.

Preferred Citation:
[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Auguste Damex Papers, 1932-1966. The Grolier Club of New York.

About the Finding Aid:
This finding aid was prepared by Kendra Meyer in Microsoft Word at the Grolier Club, July 2019.

Items in this collection were donated to the Grolier Club in November 2018 by Mary Ann and Roland Folter from the estate of Hans P. Kraus. Collection was stored by Kraus with two boxes of journals of Belgian bibliographer, Marie-Louis Polain (1866-1933), but there appears to have been no direct connection between the two collections. Polain diaries also donated to the Grolier Club by Roland and Mary Ann Folter in Nov. 2018.

Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022-1098.

 Biographical/Historical Note:
Auguste Damex was an insurance agent and rare book and manuscript collector active in the middle decades of the 20th century.  He lived in Bonneville, a city in the department of Haute-Savoie, France.  The present collection shows his interests in material related to the early history and figures of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of southeast France, with particular focus on religious subjects.   

 Scope and Content Note:
The collection contains correspondence and other items related to Damex’s collecting activities. Research material includes letters, notes, photographs, news clippings, receipts, photographic reproductions and other ephemera and was grouped by subject of interest by Damex.   The subjects reflect his collecting foci and tend heavily toward incunables and 16th-17th-century religious and historical texts of the Haute-Savoie region in France. Subjects of note are Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622), Symphorien Champier and his Chroniques de Savoie (1516), and the Heures de la Vierge de Thonon. Also of note are possible inventories of Damex’s collection and a set of correspondence between Damex and the bookseller Blasio Galanti, documenting their working relationship and Damex’s growth of collecting interests. Some correspondence with Galanti is also intermingled with the remaining collection.

The collection is in French.

 Related materials note:
While little can be found about the creator of the collection, there is some archival material related to Damex’s professional work at the Department of Haute Savoie Archives. (http://archives.hautesavoie.fr/)

 Access Points:
Damex, Auguste.
Galanti, Blasio.
Kraus, Hans Peter, 1907-1988, former owner.

Book Collecting. France. 20th century.
Incunabula. France.
Early printed books. France. 16th century.
Early printed books. France. 17th century.

Correspondence. European. 20th century.
Ephemera. 20th century.
Clippings. 20th century.
Photographs. 20th century.

Arrangement Note:
This collection was arranged to retain the original order, and is in two series:

Series I: Collections research.  Series I is roughly arranged by subject as designated by the creator.
Series II: Galanti correspondence.  Series II is arranged in loose chronological order as it was received.

 Processing Note:
Minimal processing was performed on this collection.  The material in Series I was retained in the originally received order, and most of the original folders or enclosures which contain identifying information were kept.  The bulk set of correspondence between Auguste Damex and Blasio Galanti (Series II) was removed from a large binder and refoldered.

 Container List:
Series I: Research papers.




Dates (approximate)



Collections research


Series II: Galanti correspondence




Dates (approximate)



Galanti correspondence


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