The collection contains leaves/pages of various examples of the written word. Items are significant either for the printing method, author, content, or combination thereof. The collection was the product of a group of New York book collectors who began to meet in the early to mid 1920’s to discuss various aspects of books and publishing. Attuned to the fact that the prices of rare and historical material often made complete copies beyond the means of most collectors, they decided to form a company to market original leaves of rare books and manuscripts from broken or otherwise damaged examples. They called themselves the Society of Foliophiles (“lovers of pages”). They offered various thematic portfolios of leaves for sale.