A E HARRADENCE
The three sets of sandblasted glass and bronze doors leading from the vestibule into the Mitchell Library Reading Room were inspired by the 16th-century French book collector and binder, Jean Grolier. The pattern of interlacing scrolls on the glass and brass surrounds is based on the design that features on the leather and metal covers of Grolier’s books. The central reliefs of the doors, based on watermarks from old handmade papers, are also symbolic of Grolier’s story. The doors on the left feature a dolphin, the official symbol of the province of Dauphiné, Grolier’s birthplace. Etched into the centre doors is a pair of coats of arms, consisting of a shield, fleur-de-lis and crown. These are symbolic of the French kings Louis XII and Francois I, under whom Grolier served as a diplomat to Italy from 1506 to 1521.