CROSBY GAIGE AND WATCH HILL PRESS Collection
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Guide to the Crosby Gaige and Watch Hill Press Collection

 

Title: Crosby Gaige and Watch Hill Press Collection

 

OCLC/RLIN No. (Unique ID): 302423434

 Dates:             1921-1949

 Extent: 1 box; .5 linear feet; 28 items; 31 cm. and smaller

 Abstract: This collection consists of printed ephemera and other items relating to Crosby Gaige’s Watch Hill Press.

 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], Crosby Gaige and Watch Hill Press Collection, 1921-1949, The Grolier Club of New York.

About the Finding Aid: This finding aid was prepared by Allison Hughes in Microsoft Word at the Grolier Club, April 2017.

 Provenance: This material was a gift of Burton Greenberg, via Martin Hutner and Simon Loxley, in January 2007.

Access Points:

Names
Gaige, Crosby, 1882-1949.
Warde, Frederic, 1894-1939.
Hendrickson, James.
Watch Hill Press.

Subjects
Printing—New York (State)—20th century.
Private Presses—New York (State)—20th century.

Genres
Ephemera.
Christmas cards.
Menus.

Biographical/Historical Note: New York publisher and theater producer Crosby Gaige started his own publishing house in 1927 at the suggestion of Bennett Cerf of Random House. Over the next two years Gaige published 22 titles and several leading authors, including James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Joseph Conrad and William Butler Yeats. After the Wall Street Crash of 1929 wiped out Gaige's publishing company, he devoted more time to his private press, Watch Hill Press, located on his property, Watch Hill Farm, near Peekskill, N.Y. At the Watch Hill Press, Gaige and his associate, James Hendrickson, worked with some of the greatest book designers of the day, including Frederic Warde and Bruce Rogers.

Scope and Content Note: This collection consists of printed ephemera and other items relating to Watch Hill Press. The collection is largely comprised of ephemera, including pamphlets, Christmas cards, and menus, designed and printed at Watch Hill Farm, as well as four empty bindings created for Watch Hill Press books. In addition, there is printed material relating to Watch Hill Press figures Crosby Gaige and Frederic Warde, as well as Frederic Warde’s scrapbook of book and type designs.

 Related Materials Note: See also the Frederic Warde Papers, 1915-1938, at the Grolier Club.

 Arrangement Note: Items in this collection are maintained in their original arrangement, per the inventory accompanying the material.

Container List:

Box

Folder

Title

Date

1

1

Helen Pearce: The Enchanted Barn

1929

1

2

JC Squire: The Muse Absent

1929

1

3

Rupert Brooke: A letter to the Editor of the Poetry Review from Rupert Brooke

1929

1

4

Sursum Corda Christmas Card

1938

1

5

Portrait of a Noble Woman Christmas Card

1945

1

6

A Christmas Orchid for Epicurus Christmas Card

1939

1

7

Jeremy Taylor Christmas Card

1943

1

8

Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Christmas Card

1944

1

9

To our Brother Sun Christmas card

1941

1

10

One Year More, Now Jeremy is 4

1931

1

11

Unser Kent Bindings

circa 1928-1930

1

12

Letters to Jeremy Binding

1930

1

13

Ralph F. Weld Indexing Advertisement

undated

1

14

The Wine and Food Society of New York Tasting Menu

1948

1

15

American Spice Trade Association Menu

1944

1

16

Agash French Dressing Announcement

circa 1941-1945

1

17

Religio Coquii or the Philosophy of a Cook

1944

1

18

Richard de Bury: Books

undated

1

19

Wine and Food Society Rum Tasting Menu

1949

1

20

Official Opening of Headlong Hall Handbill

1938

1

21

Watch Hill Farm Menu

1938

1

22

Unidentified Bindings

undated

1

23

Crosby Gaige Envelope

undated

1

24

Unidentified Illustration (Rockwell Kent?)

undated

1

25

American Spice Trade Association Menu

undated

1

26

The Pleiad Fantasio Prospectus

1929

1

27

Frederic Warde Scrapbook

circa 1921-1924

1

28

Walter de la Mare: At First Sight

1928

 

 

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