AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT Collection of the Grolier Club
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Grolier Club Autograph Manuscript Collection

OCLC/RLIN No. (Unique ID)
821924697

Dates
1574-1985

Bulk Dates
1735-1948

Extent
2 linear feet (4 boxes)

Abstract
This collection consists of letters, manuscripts, and other material related to or authored by notable figures in the history of printing, writing, and rare book and antiquarian collecting, among other subjects. The collection is artificial and has multiple provenances. More information about each of the single letters in the collection is available at the Grolier Club. Most items are also cataloged individually.

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], Grolier Club Autograph Manuscript Collection, The Grolier Club of New York.

About the Finding Aid
This finding aid was prepared by Rachel E. Greer in Microsoft Word at the Grolier Club in November 2012, with additions in July 2014 and 2016.

Provenance
This collection has multiple provenances. Series I was pulled together as one collection in 2012. For detailed provenancial information about the manuscripts and letters in this series, please contact the Librarian or the Archivist. This information is available in the Club files. Series II was pulled together in 2014 from uncatalogued material in the Club’s archives.

Access Points:
Names
Auden, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973
Andrews, William Loring, 1837-192
Boughton, George Henry, 1834-1905
Cullen, Countee, 1903-1945
Derome, Nicolas-Denis, 1731-1788
DeVinne, Theodore Low, 1828-1914
Disney, John, 1779-1853
Donne, John, 1604-1662
Hoe, Robert, 1839-1909
Homer, Winslow, 1836-1910
Ireland, W. H. (William Henry), 1777-1835
Morison, Stanley, 1889-1967
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
Thomas, Isaiah, 1749-1831
Thou, Jacques-Auguste de, 1553-1617
Triphook, Robert, 1782-1868
Wotton, Thomas, 1521-1587

Scope and Content Note 
This collection consists of letters, manuscripts, and other material related to or authored by notable figures in the history of printing, writing, and rare book and antiquarian collecting, among other subjects. The collection is artificial and has multiple provenances. More information about some of the single letters in the collection is available at the Grolier Club. Titles in brackets indicate that the archivist created the folder title based on the contents. Dates in brackets indicate “circa”.

Arrangement Note:
This collection is arranged into two series, based on the date that the materials were added to the collection.
Series I: 2012 Collection
Series II: 2014 Collection
Series III: 2016- Collection (ongoing)
Within Series I & II, files are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the correspondent or creator, where known.
Within Series III, files are arranged according to the order of accrual to the collection (includes new acquisitions and backlogged items)

Container List:

Series I: 

Box #

Folder #

Folder Title

1

1

Bechtel, Edwin DeT. Freedom of the Press Manuscript

1

2

Bodoni Manuscript

1

3

Boughton, George Henry 4 ALS to Richard Hoe

1

4

Boughton, George Henry letter to C.H. Hart

1

5

Boughton, George Henry 11 ALS to Henry Gurdon Marquand

1

6

Boughton, George Henry ALS to Minnie Noyes

1

7

Brassington, W.S. ALS

1

8

Brydges, Egerton, 2 ALS

1

9

De Thou, Jacques Auguste ALS and engraved portrait

1

10

Disney, John, corres. 1773-1845

1

11

Portrait Prints of John Donne, typescript

1

12

Dwiggins, W.A. ALS to H.W. Kent 1910

1

13

Esdaile, James. Letter To John Martin, 1848

1

14

Hamilton, Walter Letter to Grolier Club

1

15

Gosse, Edmund 6 ALS to Charles E. Merrill

1

16

Ireland, William Henry. Ireland's Shakespearian [sic] library [manuscript], ca. 1805

1

17

Lackington, James ALS May 1800

1

18

LIBRI, GUILLAUME (CORRESPONDENT). LETTER FROM DR. BROVAL, CA. 1826

1

19

MARSAND, ANTONIO. LETTER TO ANTOINE AUGUSTIN RENOUARD, 1810

1

20

MORISON, STANLEY. LETTER TO EDMUND G. GRESS, 1923

1

21

MORRIS, WILLIAM. LETTER [TO WALTER JAMES LEIGHTON?], 1891

1

21

MORRIS, WILLIAM. LETTER TO REEVES [WILLIAM], 1890

1

22

PATER, WALTER. LETTER TO GEORGE ALLISON ARMOUR, 1889

1

23

PATERSON, SAMUEL (AUCTIONEER OF LONDON). LETTER, 1781

1

24

RAY, GORDON N. The art deco book in France: the Lyall lectures [typescript], 1985

1

25

Bruce Rogers—Ruth Blaine Correspondence 1942

1

26

ROOSEVELT. THEODORE. LETTER TO AUGUST F. JACCACI, 1913

1

27

STANDARD, PAUL. LETTER TO GEORGE L. MCKAY, 1947

1

28

TRIPHOOK, ROBERT (CORRESPONDENT). Letters, 1813-1816

1

29

Upcott, William 3 ALS

1

30

WINTERICH, JOHN TRACY. Letters to Abian A. Wallgren, 1925-1945

2

1

BULMER, WILLIAM. INVOICE FOR PRINTING DIBDIN'S BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DECAMERON, 1815-1817

2

2

BURROUGHS, JOHN. LETTER, CA. 18--?

2

3

CHAUMONT, JEAN DE. RECEIPT, 1621

2

4

COLLIER, JOHN PAYNE. LETTER TO H. BROWN, 1869

2

5

CULLEN, COUNTEE. LETTER TO FREDERICK B. COYKENDALL, 1925

2

6

DIBDIN, THOMAS FROGNALL. LETTER TO GEORGE HENRY ROBINS, 1842

2

7

DODD, JAMES WILLIAM. List of Mr. J. W. Dodd's Old Plays [manuscript], 1796

2

8

DUNTON, JOHN A. RECEIPT FOR LOAN FROM THOMAS JONES, 1684

2

9

FRY, EDMUND. LETTER TO WILLIAM MORRIS, PRINTER OF DUNSTABLE, ENGLAND, 1809

2

10

GRIMOD DE LA REYNIÈRE, ALEXANDRE-BALTHAZAR-LAURENT. Letters, 1781-1829

2

11

HARTMANN, CHRISTIAN. INVOICE FOR BINDING BOOKS, 1699

2

12

HAWTHORNE, JULIAN. LETTER TO GROLIER CLUB, 1893

2

13

HELLMAN, GEOFFREY. NOTES ON H.W. ROSS, 1975

2

14

HERBERT, WILLIAM. LETTER TO W. WHITE, 1787

2

15

HILDEBRANDT, JOACHIM. INVOICE FOR BINDING BOOKS, 1719

2

16

HOTTEN, JOHN CAMDEN. LEASE OF PREMISES FOR BOOKSHOP, 1855

2

17

MAZARIN, CARDINAL JULES. SIGNED MARRIAGE CONTRACT, 1661

2

18

NUTTER, VALENTINE. ACCOUNT AGAINST HUGH GAINE, 1775-1776

2

19

RODD, HORATIO. LETTER TO SIR THOMAS PHILLIPPS, 1852

2

20

PANIZZI, ANTHONY. LETTER TO NICHOLAS CARLISLE, 1839

2

21

Patti, Adelina ALS and wedding invitation, 1886

2

22

Ratchford, Fanny typescript

2

23

SAPIN, LEON. LETTER TO CLIENT, 1895

2

24

SOTHEBY, SAMUEL LEIGH. LETTER TO LORD NORTHWICK, 1844

2

25

SPENCER, GEORGE JOHN SPENCER, EARL. LETTER TO A BOOKSELLER, 1815

2

26

STARKEY, JOHN. INVOICE FOR BOOKS SOLD TO GEORGE JEFFREYS, 1677

2

27

THOMAS, ISAIAH. LETTER TO MR. BRESS, 1795

2

28

TRUAIN, JACQUE. INVOICE FOR BOOKS AND BINDINGS SOLD TO ELISABETH-CHARLOTTE, DUCHESSE D'ORLEANS, 1735-1736

2

29

WARNE, ROGER. INVOICE FOR BOOKS SUPPLIED TO SIR JAMES AND LADY LONG, 1694

2

30

WOTTON, THOMAS. LETTER, 1574


Series II:


Box #

Folder #

Folder Title

Date

3

1

[Adams, F.B., Jr.: Receipt for Fifty Books Catalogues]

1947

3

1a

[Photograph of William Loring Andrews Home, West Islip, New York]

Undated

3

2

[Letter: C.A. Aspinwall to E.G. Kennedy]

1918

3

3

[Auden, W.H., Receipt from The Grolier Club for One Photograph of Henry and William James]

1946

3

4

[Edgar J. Banks, Envelope]

Undated

3

5

Barker, Nicolas, Letter and Mimeographed Typescript of Italian Writing Books 1522-39: An Attempted Chronology

Undated

3

6

Barrett & Co. (Bookbinders) – Job Bookbinding Prices Per Volume to the Trade

[1850]

3

7

[Bement, Edward, Calling Card]

1922

3

8

Breit, Harvey, Malcolm Lowry Presentation Materials

[1968]

3

9

Breslauer, Martin, Letter to William John Lawrence, Berlin

1936

3

10

Cadell, R., Publisher and Bookseller, Catalogue of the Various Editions Now Completed of…Sir Walter Scott

1847

3

11

[Letter: Clair, Colin to Philip C. Duschnes, Esq.]

1958

3

12

[Letter: Colden Sanderson, R. to Unidentified Person]

1935

3

12a

List of Prices for Binding, E. Colyer Printer

[1818]

 

3

 
12b

Livres a relier dans le courant du mois d’avril 1780 pour M. de Maucune…(Instructions to Nicolas-Denis Derome for the binding of books in the collection of Louis Popon de Maucune; housed with additional research materials) [Added 1/2015]

1780

3

12c

Letter Written by Theodore Low DeVinne, January 8, 1912, New York City, Written to My dear Mr. Patten: [Donated in 2014 by Debbie Hobler]

1912

3

13

[DeVinne, Theodore Low, Receipt]

1904

3

14

Dickson, Sarah, Letters to the Friends of the Avents Library

1944-1948

3

15

Dodd & Livingston, First Editions of Algernon Charles Swinburne, Page Proofs

[1913]

3

16

Letter from Feliciano’s Manuscript in the Biblioteca Vaticana at Rome

Undated

3

17

Gaine, Hugh, Receipts and Assignation of Rights, NYC to William Henry

1792-1807

3

17a

Letter Written by Frederic W. Goudy on his printed stationery, December 26, no year, written to Johnson and signed FWG. Concerning details matrix for design. [Donated 2014 by Debbie Hobler]

Undated

3

18

[Announcement of a Collection of Book-Plates by Frederick Garrison Hall Imprinted at the Troutsdale Press]

1905

3

19

Greenaway, Kate, Autograph Manuscript

Undated

3

20

[Henkels, Stan V., Sales Catalogue]

[1906-1907]

3

21

[Letter: Robert Hoe to Theodore Low DeVinne]

Undated

3

22

[Letter: Robert Hoe to Howard Mansfield]

Undated

3

23

Hogarth, Georgina, Letter about Lamp Belonging to Charles Dickens

1870

3

24

[Letter: Holden, E.B. to Evans]

Undated

3

25

Holder, T.A, Letters to Robert Hoe, Autograph Manuscript, and Images Related to Bodoni Manuscripts

1905

3

26

[Homer, Winslow, Letter of Thanks to The Grolier Club]

1896

3

27

[Letter: Hopper, Franklin, NYPL Director to David Randall, Scribner]

1946

3

28

[Gyles Isham, Letter]

1935

3

29

Knickerbocker Club Dinner Invitation, Menu, and Attendance List of Grolier Club Attendees

1926

3

30

Koch, Rudolph, Letters Related to Theft of two Koch Typefaces

1929

3

31

[Lehman-Haupt Note from Ruth Granniss]

Undated

3

32

[Letter: William Matthews, Bookbinder to Hamilton Cole]

1882

3

32a

Letter Written by Douglas C. McMurtrie, Chicago, May 25, 1934. Dear Mr. Hartman, Discussing Business about Manuscripts. (McMurtrie was a typeface designer, graphic designer, historian and bibliographer of printing) [Donated in 2014 by Debbie Hobler

1934

3

33

Munby, Arthur Noel Latimer, The Earl and the Thief, Typescript

Undated

3

34

Scribners Rare Book Department Correspondence Re: Catalogue #117

1938

3

35

Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, Sale 1916, March 29. George D. Smith Bids on Hugh Perkins Collection

1916

3

36

Taylor, John, The Water Poet, Autograph Manuscript

Undated

3

37

[Unidentified Index]

Undated

3

38

Vajna, Dr. George, Catalogue, Books on Hungary Etchings

Undated

3

39

[Letter: Vickery, William to Secretary of the Grolier Club]

1894

3

40

[Advertisement for Zwanzig Exlibris Zeichnungen von Hubert Wilm mit Einführung Von Richard Braungart]

1909


Series III:
 

Box #

Folder #

Folder Title

Date

4

1

Quartrich, B. letters to F. J. Martin regarding publication of Faiths of Men; (2 ALS and 4 TLS; 8 leaves)

1904-1905

4

2

Barlow, Joel to Samuel Miles Hopkins (1 ALs, 25 Oct. 1798) regarding sale of Barlow’s property, including his copy of the Encyclopédie méthodique

1798

4

3

Bangs, Richards & Platt to unknown recipient (1 ALS, 24 April 1848) regarding an invoice from a Trade sale.

1848

4

4

Morison, Stanley to [Eric] Gill (copy of 1 TLS, 12 July, 1928) with Gill’s handwritten response in the margins, concerning type design. With excerpt from an article in the Monotype Recorder.

1928

 4  5

Rogers, Bruce to Curtis Hidden Page (1 ALS, 26 Feb. 1903; 2 leaves) regarding the proofs of “Ronsard” and the use of swash capitals.  With original envelope, and typewritten transcription. 

1903 

 4  6

Bell & Daldy publishing firm to Tytheridge Esq. (1 ALS, 30 Nov., 1888) concerning a proposed “completely revised edition of the Bibliographers Manual” of Lowndes.

1888

 4  7

Alan Swallow (Swallow Press), Harry Duncan (Cummington Press), and others correspondence. 

1955 

 4  8

Edgar G. Heyl correspondence and associated items. Includes typescript entitled: Book Club of Detroit. The Catalogue of an Auction of Books and Other Objects ... December the 11th, 1974 ... / Mr. C.E. Frazer Clark, Jr., Auctioneer. [49 lots]; and a bibliography of catalogues 1-105 issued by Edgar Heyl

1974-1975

 4  9

3 autograph letters from Louse Seymour Jones, author of 'The human side of bookplates' (Los Angeles, 1951), to bibliophile and collector Philip Sperling (d. 1997).

1947-1952

 4 10

Symons, AJA to unknown recipient (Donald Brien?), London (1 TLS, 1935 or 1936, 1p.). Regarding libel action (subsequently discharged) brought against Percy H. Muir, leading to his bankruptcy. A request for contributions to a subscription fund set up to assist Muir. Accompanied by a check from the Union

1935 or 1936

 4 11

Charles Walker Andrews (C.W. Andrews) correspondence. A collection of 12 letters from various antiquarian booksellers and individuals addressed to and from book collector, Charles Walker Andrews (C.W. Andrews) of Syracuse New York.

1906-1932

 4 12 

TLs (29 Jan. 1935) from the autograph seller, Thomas F. Madigan, to book collector Estelle Doheny offering her a copy of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 'Voices of the Night' (Cambridge, 1839) containing the poem 'The Psalm of Life'. Presentation copy with an autograph inscription by Longfellow to Richard Henry Dana Sr. (1787-1879).

1935

 4 13

An unpublished typescript essay by Sandra Kirshenbaum recounting her visit to the Grolier Club for the annual meeting and centennial dinner on 26 January 1984. She records her general impressions of the Clubhouse and notes the names of the individuals with whom she conversed. 

1984

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