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


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.

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