All Series Level Scope and Content Notes
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Consists of correspondence by J.W. Spenceley, American
Consists of correspondence to Paul Bennett, American type
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
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
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
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.