Isador Mendle Collection on the History of Printing
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Scope and Contents Note

The Mendle Collection has seven main groupings. The first of these is thecollection of James Moran Papers. Moran, a British author and historian ofprinting, wrote several books relating to printing, including a biographyof British scholar and typographer Stanley Morison. Moran's papers consistprimarily of material toward his books. The Ellic Howe Papers are anotherimportant part of the collection. These consist of Howe's (a British printer)notes on the history of the printing trade, including many interesting documents,and copies of lectures given by Howe. Correspondence makes up the bulk ofthe John G. Wilson materials. Wilson was a British book dealer, and his correspondenceprovides an inside view of the book trade. Two fine presses are also representedin the collection; the Alcuin Press and Gogmagog Press materials show bookproduction in its various stages. An album of designs by artist and historianof French bookbinding Leon Gruel shows another fascinating aspect of bookproduction. Finally, there are 10 groups of correspondence to and from variouspeople in the book or printing trades; these letters, because of their variety,present a well-rounded view of the trades they discuss.

Consists of material toward Moran's publications on the history of printing,including his biography of Stanley Morison; also reviews, offprints, and clippings.Moran (1917-1978) was a British historian of printing.

Consists of Ts setting copy and several proofs toward the book.

The Double Crown Club was a dining club formed in London in 1924 by OliverSimon and Hubert Foss (printers); it was made up of typographers and othersrelated to the printing trade. Consists of correspondence, a Ts draft, galleys,specimen pages, proofs, and lists.

Morison (1889-1967), a British typographer and scholar, served as typographicadviser to Cambridge University Press in 1925 and to The Times in 1930. Material consists of research materials, drafts, correspondence,galleys, and booklet.

Contains clippings of reviews of Moran's books.

Consists of research notes compiled by Howe, a British printer, on thehistory of the printing trade; also drafts of lectures by Howe.

Consists of Howe's notes on Lewis, a British printer appointed University Printer at Cambridge in 1923, and a close collaborator of Stanley Morison.

A clipping, drafts of Howe's work, and a list.

Ts and autograph notes and information on the history of the printing trade.

Consists of letters from various individuals to Wilson, a British bookdealer and manager of Bumpus Book Dealers, concerning business; also clippingsand other miscellany relating to the book trade.

Consists of letters to Wilson, a British book dealer, in his capacity asmanager of Bumpus Book Dealers.

Consists of one letter by Wilson and one letter to him originally laidin books.

Consists of materials relating to the book trade and literature.

Material relating to The Alcuin Press (founded in May 1928 in ChippingCampden, Gloucestershire, as a fine, commercial press.)

Consists of type specimens; proofs of illustrations; announcements of publications;various folded book signatures, some illuminated and some on vellum.

The Gogmagog Press, London, was a fine press privately run by Morris Cox.During the 1960's Cox produced his work in numbered and signed limited editions.This series consists of materials toward various Gogmagog Press publications,all written by Cox.

Consists of drafts, proofs, and other material toward MummersFool, by Cox.

Consists of various materials toward The Warriorand the Maiden, by Morris Cox.

Consists of miscellaneous Gogmagog Press materials.

Consists of an album by Gruel.

Contains album of original designs for bindings. Sketches and watercolorsby Gruel (artist and historian of French bookbinding), bound into half-moroccoand cloth sides.

Consists of 10 separate groups of correspondence, mainly to or from peopleinvolved in the book or printing trades.

Consists of correspondence to John Thomas Lee, American bookplate collector.

Consists of correspondence by J.W. Spenceley, American bookplate engraver.

Consists of correspondence to Paul Bennett, American type designer.

Consists of letter by Clare Ryan Talbot, American bookplate collector,and materials relating to her work.

Consists of letters by Stanley Morison, British type designer (1889-1967).

Consists of letters by John Nash, a British engraver who was one of a groupknown as the Curwen Press artists.

Contains letters to and from S. H. Steinberg, British historian of printing.

Consists of letters to and from Edward DeWitt Taylor, American printerof Taylor and Taylor Printers, San Fransisco.

Consists of letters by Ellic Howe, British printer.

Consists of miscellaneous correspondence concerning printing and relatedsubjects.

Consists of a folder of clippings and a folder of various items, mainlycorrespondence, laid in books purchased with Mendle funds.

Consists of clippings from London newspapers.

Consists primarily of correspondence laid in Mendle purchase books housedin the Mendle book collection.

Consists a Ottmar Mergenthaler medal.