The Folgers as Collectors: Dealers and Dealing









Folger archives Box 41, ©

Over the years of Mr. Folger's collecting, booksellers developed relationships with him, and he with them, that were mutually beneficial. As an active buyer and always businesslike client, Folger became a favorite and favored customer.

Mr. Folger used the alias "Golfer" to maintain confidentiality in transatlantic cables. In correspondence alerting Mr. Folger to the availability of a collection, the London booksellers Sotheran noted: "We are also in receipt of your favour of the 31st. ult. ordering a box of Ace Golf Balls, and it is receiving our best attention."

According to Mrs. Folger, "Henry was a favorite companion ... on the golf links" of his chief at Standard Oil, John D. Rockefeller, Sr. "Not a talented player," Mrs. Folger recalled, "Henry nevertheless was keenly interested in the game, and it is on record that he invented a new variety of putter for playing." He demonstrates his invention in the photo to the left.

Other Exhibition Highlights

Rare Books: | The Shakespeare Folios | The Titus Andronicus Quarto |

Paintings and Art Objects: | Fuseli's Macbeth Consulting the Vision of the Armed Head | Thomas Parr's John Philip Kemble as 'Hamlet' | Thomas Nast's Immortal Light|

The Folgers as Collectors: | The Influence of Emerson | Mrs. Folger's Role | Building an Institution |

Visiting the Exhibition | Related Publication

This page updated September 5, 2002