Index of Names

Collectors, Dealers, Publishers, Managers, …

Abdy, Sir Robert 

1896 – 1976

art dealer in London and Paris

5th Baronet of Albyns, Essex, UK

Adey, More

1859 – 1942

editor of the Burlington Magazine 

friend of Oscar Wilde, helped him with his financial affairs after Reading Goal

Alexander, George

1858 – 1918

impresario, actor, theatre-manager

married Florence Jane Théleur (1857/8 – 1946)

producer of Lady Windermere’s Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest

Altschul, Frank

1887 – 1981

collector, banker, partner of Lazard Frères

11 West 34 St., New York, N.Y.

San Francisco, Calif.

see also George Blumenthal, Mrs G. Blumenthal and Eugene Meyer Jr.

many of his important purchases were made through the Rosenbach firm in Philadelphia, an organization which he served as a financial adviser

co-founded the Yale Library Associates

Archer, H. [Horace] Richard

1911 – 1978

bibliographer at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library

Arents, George [and Mrs G. (Lena) Arents]

1875 – 1960

businessman, director of the American Tobacco Company

collector of book, manuscripts, periodicals and pamphlets on all phases of the history of tobacco

the Arents Collection became part of The New York Library in January 1944 

Arliss, George [Augustus George Andrews]

1868 – 1946

actor, playwright, filmmaker

Arliss-Andrews, William

c. 1837 – 1898

printer of The Duchess of Padua

Austrian, Alfred S. 

1870 – 1932

collector of rare books and manuscripts, lawyer

Chicago, Ill.

among the dealer names included in his correspondence, typically with typed letters signed, are Walter Hill, Chicago; A.S.W. Rosenbach, Philadelphia; Thomas Madigan [successor to Patrick F. Madigan] and Walter Benjamin, New York; and Dawson’s and Maggs, U.K.

Bangs, John Kendrick

1862 – 1922

writer, editor, humorist and satirist

1884-1888 associate editor of Life

1888-1901 Harper’s Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Harper’s Weekly

Catalogue of Elegant and Rare Books from the Library of John Kendrick Bangs, Merwin-Clayton Sales Company, pt. II, New York, November 27-28, 1905

Barrett, Lawrence

1838 – 1891

American actor and producer

produced the first performance of The Duchess of Padua, New York, 26 January 1891, under the title Guido Ferranti

Bement, Clarence S. (Sweet)

1843 – 1923

businessman, collector of mineral, coins, and books

joined his father’s company in 1870 which became “William B. Bement & Son“, Philadelphia, manufacturing machine tools for the railroad industry

one of the original founders of and silent partner in the Rosenbach Company

Catalogue of Rare and Valuable Books, Original Drawings, Mezzotints and Engravings from the Private Library of the late Clarence S. Bement, American Art Association, New York, February 28 – March 2, 1923

a portion of his library, begun in 1890,  passed into the hands of Harry Elkins Widener, forming the nucleus of the Widener Library at Harvard University 

his mineral collection was purchased by John Pierpont Morgan in 1900 and presented as a gift to the American Museum of Natural History in 1901

the mineral Bementite was named after him in 1887

Berg, Albert A. [Ashton]

1872 – 1950

surgeon, book collector

brother of Henry W. Berg

working at the Mount Sinai Hospital, East Harlem, Manhattan, New York

retired in May 1934

president of the International College of Surgeons

10 East 73rd St., New York, N.Y.

in February 1940, Dr. Albert A. Berg donated and endowed about 35,000 printed volumes and 2,000 feet of literary archives and manuscripts in his brother’s memory to the New York Public Library

in September 1940, Dr. Albert A. Berg purchased W.T.H. Howe’s collection of over 16,000 books and manuscripts (obtained through Mitchell Kennerley, president of the Anderson Galleries), a collection that would later form part of Berg’s bequest to the New York Public Library

October 11, 1940: the establishment of the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library

November 13, 1940: the Howe library becomes officially a part of the Berg Collection

May 1942: Owen D. Young’s collection of about 10,000 to 15,000 rare books and manuscripts were presented to the New York Public Library as the joint gift of A. Berg and O. Young

Berg, Henry W. 

1858 -1938

physician, book collector 

brother of Albert A. Berg

Bixby, William K. [Keeney]

1857 – 1931

rare-book, manuscript and art collector

president of the Great Northern Railroad

president of American Car and Foundry

retired from business at the age of forty-eight

St. Louis, Mo.

between 1910 and 1920 important purchases from A.S.W. Rosenbach

one of the financiers of the Anderson Auction Company

Black Sun Books

bookseller

est. 1969

157 East 57th Street, New York, N.Y.

Black Sun was a small, avant-garde literary magazine published in Brooklyn, New York from 1965-1969. It was edited by Harvey Tucker who at the time was also active writing and publishing poetry. Since 1969, Tucker and his wife, Linda, have run Black Sun Books, dealing in rare books and manuscripts

Blum, W. [William] Robert

?

19 E 24th St., New York, N.Y.

Yale graduate (1916)

Blumenthal, George

1858 – 1941

collector, banker, senior partner of Lazard Frères

president of the Mount Sinai Hospital (1910 – 1938)

president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1934-1941)

customer of A.S.W. Rosenbach

Blumenthal, Mrs G. [George]

1873 – 1930

Mrs Florence Meyer Blumenthal (née Meyer), wife of George Blumenthal and sister of Eugene Meyer Jr.

philanthropist, collector and arts patron

50 East 70th St. New York, N.Y.

also living in Paris and in Grasse, in the south of France

the Blumenthal Poe collection went to Gabriel Wells

(https://bit.ly/2LCxSSo)

(https://bit.ly/2rzPVSj)

Bodmer, Martin

1899 – 1971

bibliophile, collector

Cologny-Geneva, Switzerland

vice-president of the International Red Cross from 1947 to 1964

Bonner, Paul Hyde 

1893 – 1968

American author, diplomat

Charleston, Tenn. 

Sale Catalogue of the Private Library of Paul Hyde Bonner, New York, Duttons, Inc., 1931

Collection of Paul Hyde Bonner: First Editions and Manuscripts of Outstanding Importance, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, New York, Feb. 15-16, 1934

Burgess, Gilbert

1868 – 1911

English author and journalist

when Burgess did an interview with OW after the first night of An Ideal Husband, Wilde said to him: “I am sure that you must have a great future in literature before you. … Because you seem to be such a bad interviewer. I feel sure that you must write poetry.“
(
Complete Letters, p. 790-1n)

Burnside, R.H. [Robert Hubberthorne]

1873 [1870 NYPL]  – 1952

Scottish-born actor, director, producer, composer, and playwright

emigrated to the United States in 1894

226 West 47th St., New York, N.Y.

because of his position as director and producer at the Hippodrome, Burnside inherited the legacies of Charles Dillingham and Charles Frohman. Upon his death, the material – including an extensive correspondence, business records, scripts, costume designs and other material – was donated to The New York Public Library
[
in 1953], now in the Manuscript Division and the Billy Rose Theatre Division

Cannon, Charles

1862 – 1906

bookseller

“Modern Books and Remainders“

est. 1897

36 St. Martin’s Court / Charing Cross Rd. London, W.C.

when Cannon died on 23 Feb. 1906 his business continued

succeeded by Dan J. Rider

Carlisle, Mary P.

?

collector

East Islip, Long Island, N.Y.

Carter, Amon G., Sr

1879 – 1955

publisher, philanthropist

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Amon G. Carter Foundation

Texas Christian University in Ford Worth named its football stadium Amon G. Carter Stadium to recognize Carter’s contributions to the college

Chesson, Wilfred Hugh

1870 – 1952

writer, book reviewer and publisher’s reader, collector 

5 Tite St, Chelsea, London

337 Sandycombe Road, Kew Gardens, London

Chrysler, Walter P. [Percy]

1875 – 1940

rare-book and art collector

pioneer in the American automotive industry

manager of the Buick Motor Company, Detroit

founder of the Chrysler Motor Company in 1925

Chrysler Building, Manhattan (1930) 

lived in Kings Point, Long Island, N.Y.

First Editions, Autograph Manuscripts of British Authors, from the Library of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., Sold by His Order, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, Feb. 26-27, 1952

Chrysler, Walter P. [Percy], Jr.

1909 – 1988

rare-book and modern art collector

son of the founder of the Chrysler Corporation

president of the Chrysler Building

theatre and film producer

Kings Point, Long Island, N.Y. and Key West, Fl.

Clark, William Andrews, Jr.

1877 – 1934

book collector, philanthropist

youngest son of copper baron William Andrews Clark, Sr.

trained as a lawyer

started his Wilde collection in 1916

founder of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1919

willing his library to the University of California, Los Angeles in 1926

2520 Cimarron Street, Los Angeles 90018

began by obtaining a wide range of English literature from the New York dealer George D. Smith, including Oscar Wilde

Clark’s first major Wilde-related acquisition in 1920 included a number of drafts, manuscripts, and letters bought at auction from the private Wilde collection of John B. Stetson, Jr. through A.S.W. Rosenbach

in 1929 Clark purchased from the Dulau & Company catalogue [no. 161, 1928], London, an extensive group of books, manuscripts, press clippings, and Wildeana [items 1 – 64, see Hyde Christopher Millard, pp. 120-1], which had belonged to Robert Ross, Christopher Millard, and Vyvyan Holland

it appears that large segments of the Wildeana collection were likely originally part of the collection assembled by Wilde bibliographer Christopher Millard. The actual date the Clark acquired these materials is unknown and any documentation about the source of these items has been lost

since 1929, the Clark Library has steadily purchased important new material and in the year 2000, the collection was estimated to contain over 65,000 items

in 1934, the Clark Library becomes part of UCLA

in 1957, a printed catalog of all Wilde-related works then owned by the Clark (approximately 2900 items) was compiled by John Charles Finzi and published as Oscar Wilde and his Literary Circle by the University of California Press

Clifton, Arthur B. (Bellamy)

1862 – 1932

Wilde’s solicitor and trustee about his bankruptcy

lawyer, art dealer and partner of Robert Ross

both running the Carfax Gallery (founded in 1898 by William Rothenstein, A. B. Clifton and John Fothergill)

17 Ryder St., St. James’s,  London

moving to 24 Bury Street in 1905

Valuable Printed Books, Important Literary Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, etc. … and A Very Remarkable Series of Manuscripts of Oscar Wilde, Sotheby’s, London, 3-4 April 1950
[“A Highly Important Series of Manuscripts of Oscar Wilde, Formerly the Property of A. B. Clifton, Partner with Ronald [
Robert] Ross in the Carfax Galleries, And now Sold by the Order of Michael Sadleir, Esq.“, Sotheby’s, London, 3-4 April 1950, p. 28]

in the summer of 1892, Wilde gave Clifton and his wife Marjorie £120 so that they could get married
(see Ellmann
Oscar Wilde, p. 469, Moyle, p. 206)

Clifton, Madeline (née Knox)

1890 – 1975

artist

second wife of Arthur B. Clifton (his first wife was ?Marjorie Clifton)

Cohen, Philip K.

1943

rare-book collector, scholar (The Moral Vision of Oscar Wilde, 1978)

Falls Church, Va.

Oscar Wilde & His Circle: The [Philip] Cohen Collection, Part 1, Maggs Bros. Ltd, no 1512, London, 2021

Colbeck, Norman

1903 – 1988

bookseller and collector

92 Great Russell St., London

Sutton St., Soho Square

from 1929: 

37 Catherine St., Salisbury, UK

54 Ophir St., Bournemouth, UK

later: 42 Ophir St.

emigrated to Canada in 1967

A Bookman’s Catalogue: The Norman Colbeck Collection of Nineteenth-Century and Edwardian Poetry and Belles-Lettres, 2 vols., University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 1987

in 1967 the University of British Columbia acquired his collection of 50,000 books and manuscripts

Cortes, Noel L. 

1907 – 1975

painter, New York

collector

Davis & Orioli

1913 – 1965

art and rare-book dealers

J. Irving Davis (1889 – 1967)

Giuseppe Orioli (1884 – 1942)

est. 1913

20 New End, London, N.W. 3

the residue of Davis’ stock was offered by Sotheby’s in 1968-1969 (principal sale on 2 December 1968, 305 lots); the remainder was sold there on 2 April 1985 (519 lots)

De Coppet, André

1892 – 1953

Swiss-American broker

in 1916 he inherited a position in the family stock exchange firm of “De Coppet & Doremus“ (till1943)

collector of manuscripts, books and documents

New York and Lausanne, Switzerland

Catalogue of the André de Coppet Collection, Part VI, Sotheby’s, London, 28-29 May 1956

through the 1920s and 1930s, De Coppet amassed a significant collection of European and American manuscripts, which were bequeathed to universities upon his death in 1953 (e.g. Princeton)

Cummins, James

?

bookseller, rare books, autographs, manuscripts

founded in 1978

667 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y.

699 Madison Ave.

De Ricci, Seymour

1881-1942

historian, bibliographer, philologist, author

agent for William Andrews Clark at the Dulau sale, 1928/9

Dickens, Ethel

?

“Miss Dickens’s Type Writing Office“

3 Tavistock Street, Wellington Street, Strand, London, WC

moved to 21 Tavistock Street in 1896

by December 1900 she moved back to 3 Tavistock Street

“One of her [Mrs Marshall’s] best pupils, Ethel Dickens (granddaughter of the novelist), … opened her own successful business in Wellington Street, above the offices of Dickens’s old magazine All the Year Round; she became George Alexander’s regular typist. MIss Dickens used exclusively the American-made Remington typewriter. Ethel Dickens maintained a standard of quality that included the practice of proof-reading every document before it left her office – a habit she learned undoubtedly from her mentor Mrs Marshall.“
(Donohue,
Complete Works, vol. IX, p. [167]

Dickson, Sarah Augusta, Dr. 

?

editor, librarian 

curator of the Arents Collection, New York Public Library

Dillingham, Charles B. 

1868 -1934

theatre manager

New York, N.Y.

associate of Charles Frohman

Dobell, Bertram

1842 – 1914

bookseller, poet

est. 1876

from 1914 to 1945, “P. J. & A. E. Dobell“ [Percy and Arthur, Dobell’s sons]

54 & 77 Charing Cross Rd, London, W.C. 

Catalogue of Books Printed for Private Circulation, Collected by Bertram Dobell, London, published by the author, 1906

Dodd, Mead & Co

American publishers and booksellers

est. 1839

“Rare Book Department“

149-151 and 372 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y.

“Dodd & Livingston Rare Books“
(1910-1914)

1910-1917: 4th Ave. 13th Street, New York, N.Y.

between 1880 and 1910 one of the largest rare-book dealers in the US

“They took some copies of Osgood, McIllvain’s edition (1891) [The House of Pomegranates] and published them in America early in 1892. They had already published the American edition of Intentions.“
(
Complete Letters, p. 510n]

Dolan, Winifred

1867 – 1958

actress 

secretary and typist

working as an assistant to George Alexander

1 Hurlingham Mansions, Fulham, London, S.W.

typist of the manuscript of The Importance of Being Earnest in1898
(Donohue and Berggren pp. 75-76, 76n)

“… by Oct. 1891 she was employed as an understudy by actor-manager George Alexander, at the St. James’s Theatre in London; her first credited role was the following year as the maid, Rosalie, in the premiere of Lady Windermere’s Fan. From this point she worked for Alexander and other West End and touring managers for over a decade.“
(Gale/Dorney, p. 69)

Drake, James F. 

1863-1933

bookseller, rare books, autographs, manuscripts, first editions.

started working for Dodd, Mead & Co. in 1882, leaving in 1900

opened his own shop in 1905, the “Association Book Company“

James F. Drake Inc. (est. 1911)

24 West 40th Street, New York, N.Y.

14 West 40th Street

4 West 40th Street (1921)

chief agent for Henry A. Huntington at the 1923 John Quinn sale

played a major role in developing the George Arents Tobacco Collection of the New York Public Library

his London agent was Stevens & Brown (see below Stevens, B. F.) 

after his death succeeded by his sons James and Marston

the firm closed on 31 Dec. 1965

James F. Drake Inc. Collection, Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin

Dreier, Katherine S.

1877 – 1952

American artist, lecturer, patron of arts, suffragette

New York, N.Y.

Dulau & Co. Ltd..

1792 – 1921

bookseller, publisher

founded in 1792 by Arnauld B. Dulau, est. 1794

37 Soho Sq., London, W.

34-36 Margaret Street, London, W. 1

32 Old Bond Street, London W. 1

taken over in 1921 by Chaundy, Chaundy, Cox

A Collection of Original Manuscripts, Letters & Books of Oscar Wilde … Formerly in the Possession of Robert Ross, C.S. Millard (Stuart Mason) and the Younger Son of Oscar Wilde, London, Dulau & Company [1928]:

“The manuscripts, it is stated by Messrs. Dulau. of Old Bond Street, the firm disposing of them, will be kept intact until the end of January, in case’ any collector wishes to acquire them as a whole.“
(Daily Express, 5 Dec. 1928, p. 11) 

Robert Ross Memorial Collection, University College, Oxford
d.218.v-Letter (1 leaf, typescript) from Dulau & Co. to Walter Ledger; dated 5th March 1929; written on headed paper: Dulau and Company, Ltd Booksellers and Publishers. 32, Old Bond St., London, W. 1.’; signed ‘S.H.B.’ The correspondent regrets to inform Ledger that it will not be possible to send the manuscripts he had reserved from the Wilde catalogue because the collection has been sold as a whole [to Willam Andrews Clark, Jr., Los Angeles]. He apologies for not informing Ledger earlier but explains that the negotiations have been protracted and the sale only just agreed.’“

Eccles, David MacAdam, Viscount Eccles

1904 – 1999

book collector, politician

husband of Mary Hyde / Lady Eccles

Minister of Works (1951-1954)

Minister of Education (1954-1957)

Minister for the Arts (1970-1973)

Eccles, Mary, Viscountess

1912 – 2003

(see Hyde, Mary)

Edwards, Francis Ltd.

1855 – 1989

rare-book dealer, a. o. of “Colonial Literature & Remainders“

founded in 1855

83 High Street, Marylebone, London W. 1

succeeded by Herbert Edwards

the business was sold in 1979

Edwards, J. O. [James Owen]

1943

collector and bibliophile

chairman and CEO of ICF Kaiser International, Inc.

Potomac, Md.

assembled his Wilde collection between 1987 and 1999, sold his collection to Rick Gekoski, who sold it to John Simpson whose Wilde collection was then sold at Sotheby’s in October 2004

El Dieff, House of

(see Feldman, Lew D.)

Elliott, Geoffrey and Fay

1939 – 2021 (G.)

1935 – 2020 (F.)

London and Wall Street investment banker

art lovers and collectors

Trustee of the Morgan Library and Museum, New York, N.Y.

the Elliotts moved to Bermuda in 1990

the Elliots began collecting the work of Oscar Wilde in the late 1970s with the intention of acquiring items worthy of any collection in the world, in the knowledge that they could not rival longer-established Wilde collections in size. In the 1980s and 1990s, collecting Wilde was a central theme for the Elliotts, the most striking purchase being the autograph manuscript of his second play The Duchess of Padua in 1993

Fales, DeCoursey

1888 – 1966

banker 

collector and bibliophile

established the Fales Library of Manuscripts and Books at the New York University in 1957, in memory of his father, Haliburton Fales

Fales, Haliburton, 2nd

1919 – 2015

lawyer 

son of Decoursey Fales

president of the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 1981 – 2015

Mrs Farebrother

?

5 Upper Bredford Place, London, W.C. (changed to Bredford Way, between 1 Jan. 1936 and 1 July 1939)

Feldman, Lew D. [David]

1906 – 1976

rare-book dealer and manuscript collector

founder (1937) and head of “The House of El Dieff“ [made up from his initials L. D. F.]

East 51st St., New York, N.Y.

later, 139 East 63rd St.

“… he was largely instrumental in building the unsurpassed collection of the University of Texas. He also helped to enlarge the contents at the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library and the libraries of many private collectors.“
(
The New York Times, Nov. 30, 1976, p. 42)

bought the Wilde collection of H. Montgomery Hyde for Mary and Donald Hyde in 1962

Fleming, John F. [Francis]

1910 – 1987

book dealer

worked his way from clerk to manager to vice-president (1948) of the Rosenbach company

“John F. Fleming Rare Book Company“
(est. 1954)

322 East 57th St., New York, N.Y.

Printed Books and Manuscripts from the Estate of John E. Fleming, Christie’s, New York, Nov. 18, 1988

agent for Dr. Rosenbach, later his successor

co-author with Edwin Wolf II: Rosenbach – A Biography (1960)

at Parke-Bernet, January 1947, John Fleming, [Rosenbach’s] right hand, bought for him The Whole Booke of Psalmes Faithfully Translated into English Metre (Bay Psalm Book) for $151.000 (the equivalent of 30 Cadillacs, as a lady in the auction room exclaimed)
(see Towner, pp. 553-6)

at the sale of the Prescott Collection, Christie’s, February 1981: “Fleming bought most of the other Wilde autographs as well [besides the typescript of The Importance of Being Earnest], except for a couple that went to Jonathan Hill, who was seated next to a representative of the Clark Library in Los Angeles.“
(
The Book Collector, vol. 30, no. 2, Summer 1981, p. 237)

Fletcher, C. [Constance] & I. K. [Ifan Kyrle], Ltd. 

1905-1969 (I.K.))

antiquarian and theatrical booksellers and dealers in manuscripts

(I. K.) bibliographer and writer, particularly on dance and the theatre

they married in 1929

22 Buckingham Gate, London S.W. 1

12 Lansdowne Road, London S.W. 20

Forbes-Robertson, Johnson

1853 – 1937

English actor-manager

elder brother of Norman Forbes-Robertson

Catalogue of Valuable Printed Books, Autograph Letters and Historical Documents, etc. … The Property of Lady Forbes-Robertson, Sotheby’s, London, 15-16 May 1939

Forbes-Robertson, Norman

1859 – 1932

actor and dramatist

younger brother of Johnson Forbes-Robertson

French, Samuel

1821 – 1898

pioneered in the field of theatrical publishing and the licensing of plays.

founder of Samuel French Inc., New York, 1854, and later, together with Thomas Hailes Lacy, Samuel French Ltd., London

89 Strand, London 

in 2018 acquired by Concord Music

Frohman, Daniel

1851 – 1940

American producer and impresario

president of the Actors Fund of America

elder brother of Charles Frohman

Daniel Frohman produced An Ideal Husband at the Lyceum, New York, March 12, 1895
(
Daniel Frohman Presents: An Autobiography, p. 143)

Frohman, Charles 

1860 – 1915

American producer and impresario

died in the submarine-struck Lusitania

Charles Frohman sponsored an American tour of Lady Windermere’s Fan ([October] 1893) and the New York production of The Importance of Being Earnest
(22 April 1895).
(
Complete Letters, p. 1205)

controlled the American rights of Lady Windermere’s Fan

“George Bernard Shaw called him The Napoleon of the Theatre.“
(
Bulletin of The New York Public Library, vol. 75, 1971, p. 380)

“His theatre company was later taken over by Paramount.“
(
ibid., p. 382)

Frohman’s theatre collection went via Charles Dillingham (his partner) to R.H.Burnside when working together at the Hippodrome, New York.
(see ibid. pp. 383/4)

Frost, Donald McKay

1877 – 1958

lawyer

collector of Western American and English literature of the 1890s

Boston, Mass.

Gaige, Roscoe Crosby

1882 – 1949

theater manager, scholar, book and manuscript collector, publisher

Watch Hill Farm, Peekskill, N.Y. 

229 West 42nd St., New York, N.Y.

30 Rockefeller Plaza

Important First Editions, Rare Autographs and Beautiful Bindings … from the Collection of Crosby Gaige, New York, Union Art Galleries, New York, April 25-26, 1934

“WILDE LETTERS PURCHASED
New Yorker Acquires Unpublished Notes From Writer’s Son.
A collection of unpubllshed letters of Oscar Wilde has been purchased in London by Crosby Gaige of this city and will be privately printed probably some time next year, Mr. Gaige said yesterday.
The letters were bought through a dealer from Wilde’s youngest son, who received them as a gift from Wilde’s friend, the late Robert Ross, Mr, Gaige said. The data include the manuscript of an unfinished and unpublished play, deletions from ‘The Ballad of ‘Reading Gaol’ and many notes to friends scribbled on bits of paper to be smuggled out of jail. The publication here will include only letters and will be only for gifts to friends, Mr. Gaige said.“
(
The New York Times, Dec. 8, 1928, p. 10)

Garvan, Francis P. [Patrick] 

1875 – 1937

lawyer, government official, philanthropist

“Garvan & Armstrong“

later “Osborne, Lambe & Garvan“

president of the Chemical Foundation, Inc., New York

654 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y.

collector

740 Park Ave., New York, N.Y.

The Mabel Brady Garvan Collection, Yale University Art Gallery

The Garvan-Sheldon Collection, Yale University Library, Manuscripts and Archives

Gaskell, C. G. [Charles George] Milnes

1842 – 1919

lawyer, member of the Liberal Party

home: Thornes House, Wakefield, UK, and Wenlock Abbey,

A Catalogue of a Collection of Rare English Black-Letter Books, the Property of a Gentleman; Valuable Books from the Library of the late Rt. Hon. C. G. Milnes Gaskell, with Other Properties, Hodgson & Co, London, 26-27 June 1924

Gekoski, Rick A.

1944

rare-book dealer, publisher, writer

started in 1982

13 Bathurst Mews, London, W2 2SB

Catalogue of Rare Books, Offered for Sale from the Collection of Giles Gordon – Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley and the 1890s, R. A. Gekoski, London, no. 18, 1994

Gimbel, Richard A. (Colonel)

1898 – 1970

American businessman

grandson of Adam Gimbel, founder of Gimbels’ department stores, New York City, Philadelphia

rare book and manuscript collector

curator of aeronautical literature at the Yale University Library

the company was purchased by the British American Tobacco subsidiary Brown & Williamson in 1973

Mrs Richard Gimbel [Julia Gimbel Millhiser]

1902 – 1983

wife of Richard Gimbel (née Julia de Fernex Millhiser)

donated several Wilde mss to the Free Library of Philadelphia (“Salomé“, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol“, notebook with drafts of poems)

Glaenzer, Richard Butler

1876 – 1937

poet, bibliophile, editor, writer on art

34 West 10th Street, New York, N.Y.

Catalogue of the Library of Mr Richard Butler Glaenzer, The Merwin-Clayton Sales Company, New York, December 7, 1905

Two Hundred Books from the Library of Richard Glaenzer, The Anderson Auction Company, New York, November 28, 1911

Goodspeed (Charles E. [Eliot])

1867 – 1950

rare-book dealer, collector, publisher

“Goodspeed’s Book Shop“

est. 1898

5A Park St,, Boston, Mass.

7 Beacon St. & 2 Milk St.

18 Beacon Street

after Goodspeed’s death he was succeeded by his son George T. Goodspeed

the firm closed in 1995

Gordon (George)

?

?book dealer, London

Gordon, Giles

1940 – 2003

literary agent, writer, publisher, critic, book collector

Catalogue of Rare Books, Offered for Sale from the Collection of Giles Gordon – Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley and the 1890s, R. A. Gekoski, London, no. 18, 1994

Gordon, John D. [Dozier]

1907 – 1968

from 1940, curator of the Berg Collection, New York Public Library

Grasberger, George J. C.

about 1887 – 1958

secretary and assistant salesman of A.S.W. Rosenbach, till 1916/1917

later: newspaper man and antiquarian

Room 1137, Real Estate Trust Building, Broad and Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pa.

later: George J. C. Grasberger, Inc.

1500 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Catalogue of Autograph Letters & MSS –  James McNeill Whistler … & Others, George Grasberger, Inc., Philadelphia [1924]

buyer at the Hughes’ sale, AAA. April 16-18, 1923

Greene, Bella da Costa

1879 – 1950

personal librarian to J. P. Morgan, Jr. and first director of the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, a position she held for 24 years

under her leadership, the Morgan Library took on a staff that was over 50% women, whilst also becoming an important centre for scholarly study of medieval manuscripts

The Grolier Club 

a private club and society of bibliophiles in New York

founded in 1884 as a cooperative reference library

its first president was Robert Hoe III

47 East 60th Street, New York, N.Y.

Groves, Charles J. 

?1878 – 1949

book collector

Boston, Mass.

Fine Books from the Library of Charles J. Groves of Boston, and from Other Consignors, Anderson Galleries, New York, Dec. 12-13, 1917

Haber, Ferdinand I. 

1881 – 1965

politician, lawyer

son of Louis J. Haber

New York, N.Y.

Haber, Louis J.

1858 – 1947

rare book and manuscript collector

member of the Grolier Club since 1885

owner of H. H. Upcam & Co., sign makers and commercial printers 

vice-president of the Young Men’s Hebrew Association of New York 

508 West Broadway, New York, N.Y.

The Library of Louis J. Haber of New York City, Part II, The Anderson Auction Company, New York, Dec. 7-8, 1909

“His library was sold for about $50,000 in 1909 at the Anderson Galleries.“
(
The New York Times, Oct. 22, 1947, p. 29)

Hanley, T. E. [Thomas Edward]

1893 – 1969

brick manufacturer, philanthropist

rare book and manuscript collector

Bradford, Pa.

Hanley’s library was acquired by Harry Ransom (Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, TX) in July 1958, a second portion, consisting mainly of manuscript collections, was purchased in 1964

“Jake [Schwartz] fed to Hanley nearly everything good that came his way: William Blake drawings and engravings, Whitman presentation copies, Shaw books, letters, manuscripts and memorabilia, Joyce, Wilde, Yeats, Dylan Thomas, both Lawrences, Pound, Eliot – the list is almost endless.“
(
The New York Times, Sept. 6, 1987, p. 74)

Hart-Davis, Rupert

1907 – 1999

British publisher, biographer

Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd, founded in 1947

editor of The Letters of Oscar Wilde (1962), co-editor of The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde, 2000 (together with Merlin Holland)

Harrington, Peter

1969 – 2003

rare-book dealer

started business in 1969, at The Antique Market, King’s Road, Chelsea, London

Harrington Bros. (est. 1971)

100 Fulham Rd., London SW3 6HS

43 Dover St., London W1S 4FF 

Hatchards & Co. 

London’s oldest bookshop

established in 1797

187 Piccadilly, London, W. 1

plus: St. Pancras station, next door to Fortnum and Mason (since 2014)

Oscar Wilde used to buy books at Hatchards’

Hawtrey, Charles

1858 – 1923

English actor-manager, theatre-owner

brother of George Procter Hawtrey

Hawtrey played Lord Goring in the first production of An Ideal Husband 

Hawtrey, George Procter

1847 – 1910

English actor, playwright

brother of Charles Hawtrey

Hedley, Arthur

1905 – 1969

collector, musicologist, French teacher

member of The Royal Musical Association

editor of Selected Correspondence of Fryderyk Chopin (1962)

Heffer, William

1843 – 1928

bookseller

opened his first bookshop in 1876

104 Fitzroy St., Cambridge, UK

“W. Heffers & Sons“

3-4 Petty Cury

since 1999 part of Blackwell’s

20-22 Trinity Street

Henderson, William

1823 – 1889

actor, manager of the Standard Theatre (till 1883)

102 West 33rd St., New York, N.Y.

most likely one of the recipients of the privately printed Vera; or, The Nihilists (1882)
(see
Complete Letters, p. 183n)

Henkels, Stan V. [Vincent]

1854 – 1926

auctioneer, bookseller, cataloguer

Henkels & Tripple, 1117 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. (1881-1882)

Stan. V. Henkels & Co., 1117 Chestnut Street (1883-1886)

chief auctioneer for Thomas Birch’s Sons, 1110 Chestnut Street (1890-1897)

auctioneer for Davis & Harvey, 1212 Chestnut Street (1897-1898)

auctioneer for Davis & Harvey, 1112 Walnut Street (1898-1908)

auctioneer for Samuel T. Freeman & Co., 1519 & 1521 Chestnut Street (1908-1913)

proprietor of Stan. V. Henkels & Son, 1304 Walnut Street (1924-1925)

after his death the firm Stan. V. Henkels was relocated at 1110-1116 Sansom St

from 1931-1934 the name of the firm changed to Stan. V. Henkels, Jr.

Herrmann, Frank

1927 – 2017

auctioneer

“Bloomsbury Book Auctions“, London

retired in 2002

Herzinger, Kim

?

book dealer, writer, lecturer, editor

“Left Bank Books“

Greenwich Village, New York, N.Y. (after 2016 a new owner, at 41 Perry St.)

Hill, Jonathan A. 

?

bookseller

Jonathan A. Hill Inc., founded in 1978

470 West End Avenue, New York, N.Y.

325 West End Avenue, Apt. 10B

Hill, Walter M. 

1868 – 1952

rare-book dealer, publisher

est. 1899

831-835 Marshall Field Building, 31 Washington Street, Chicago, Ill.

22 E. Washington St., Chicago

25 E. Washington St. (till 1941)

born in Bristol, England, emigrated to America at the age of seventeen

specialized in importing books from Europe

John A. Spoor was one of his most important customers 

Hisao, Honma

1886 – 1981

journalist, literary critic, professor for modern English literature at Waseda University, Tokyo

see Mason, Stuart, Oscar Wilde Scrapbooks 1-17 [-18], c. 1880 – , Honma Hisao Collection, Jissen Women’s University Institutional Repository, Hino, Tokyo

translated De Profundis into Japanese

Hodgson & Co. 

1807 – 1967

booksellers

“Auctioneers of Libraries and Collections of Rare Books“

est. 1807

115 Chancery Lane, London (1863-1967)

taken over by Sotheby’s in 1967

premises used for Sotheby’s book sales until 1981

today a wine bar and restaurant still known as the Hodgson’s Rooms

Hoe, Robert III

1839 – 1909

manuscript and rare-book collector

businessman, manufacturer of printing presses, New York

R. Hoe & Company, New York and London (till 1984)

he and eight other bibliophiles founded the Grolier Club in 1884

Hoe was the club’s first president

The Library of Robert Hoe, pt. II, L-Z, Anderson Auction Company, New York, Jan. 15-19, 1912

The library of Hoe was sold by The Anderson Galleries between April 1911 and November 1912, realizing $1,932,056, the richest American book auction at that time
(see Bruccoli, p. 57)

the catalogues were done by Arthur Swann, bibliographer 

many of his acquisitions came from Quaritch and Maggs, London

Holland, Merlin

1945

author, journalist, editor

literary executor of the Wilde estate

grandson of Oscar Wilde, son of Vyvyan Holland

co-editor of The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde, 2000 (together with Rupert Hart-Davis)

Holland, Vyvyan

1886 – 1967

author and translator

son of Oscar Wilde

Vyvyan Holland succeeded Robert Ross as his father’s literary executor and administrator of the Wilde estate in 1918

Hornstein, J. [Joseph]

bookseller

110, Victoria St., London, S.W.

Horowitz, Glenn

?1954

rare-book dealer

20 West 55 Street, New York, N.Y. (since 1992)

Howe, Julia Ward

1819 – 1910

American author, editor and reformer, advocate for women’s suffrage

Rare and Valuable Autographs from the Correspondence of Julia Ward Howe and Dr. Samuel G. Howe, Anderson Galleries, New York, Dec. 20-21, 1917

Julia Ward Howe was one of the recipients of the privately printed Vera; or, The Nihilists (1882)

Howe, W. T. H. [William Thomas Hildrup]

1874 – 1939

collector of English and American literature and manuscripts

Cincinnati, Ohio

long time president of the American Book Company

the Howe collection was one of Berg’s founding collections 

in September 1940, one month before the donation of the Berg Collection to the New York Public Library, Dr. Berg purchased Howe’s collection of some 16,000 books and manuscripts 

Mitchell Kennerley directed Berg’s interest to the Howe collection in August 1940. On Nov. 13, 1940, the Howe library became officially a part of the Berg Collection. Kennerely was acting for Walter M. Hill, the well-known Chicago dealer, who represented Howe’s estate

Howell, Warren R. 

1912 – 1984

rare-book dealer, publisher

434 Post St., San Francisco, Calif.

fellow of the Pierpont Morgan Library

president of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA), 1976-1978

“An attorney for the John Crerar Library in Chicago charged Monday that a world-renowned West Coast book dealer was moved by greed to buy and resell valuable rare books and manuscripts that had been stolen from the library.

Anton R. Valukas contended that Warren Howell,  a rare-book dealer from San Francisco who died in 1984, bought 500 books and manuscripts that he should have known had been stolen from Crerar and then resold 200 of them at great profit between 1976 and 1980.“
(
Chicago Tribune, April 9, 1985)

Hughes, Colonel H.D. [Henry Douglas] 

1869 – ?1923

collector of rare books and art

Hughes & Dier, banker and broker firm, specialized in mining stocks 

1435 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pa.

one of the oldest and most influential members of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (till1921)

Books – Manuscripts – Drawings of Superlative Importance Acquired by or for a Noted Philadelphia Collector, American Art Association, New York, April 16-18, 1923

Hughes spent over $10,000 at the Stetson sale in 1920, via Rosenbach, bought originals of The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband, A Woman of No Importance, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Vera; or, The Nihilists, A Florentine Tragedy, The Sphinx, “The True Function and Value of Criticism“  

Humphreys, Arthur L. 

1865 – 1946

bookseller, author, publisher, manager of Hatchards bookstore

187 Piccadilly, London

in May 1895 he issued a privately printed edition of Wilde’s The Soul of Man under Socialism (50 copies)

Huntington, Henry E. [Edwards]

1850 – 1927

railroad and streetcar magnate

art and book collector

formed “the greatest private library in the world“ 

1151 Oxford Rd., San  Marino, Calif.

2 East 57th St., New York, N.Y.

Hyde, Donald F. [Frizell]

1909 – 1966

lawyer

rare-book collector

trustee of the New York Public Library Pierpont Morgan Library

president of the Grolier Club, New York and the Bibliographical Society of America

Mary and Donald Hyde acquired the Oscar Wilde collection of H. Montgomery Hyde in 1962

Hyde bought from A.S.W. Rosenbach and Gabriel Wells

Hyde, Mary, Viscountess Eccles

1912 – 2003

rare book collector

remarried to David Eccles, Viscount Eccles in 1984

Mary and Donald Hyde acquired the Oscar Wilde collection of H. Montgomery Hyde in 1962

her Wilde collection was bequeathed to the British Library in 2003

Hyde, H. Montgomery

1907 – 1989

collector, author, historian, barrister, politician

Wilde biographer

H. Montgomery Hyde’s collection of Wildeana was acquired by Mary and Donald Hyde in 1962 and is now part of the Eccles Collection in the British Library

Ingram, Bruce

1877 – 1963

collector, editor

editor of The English Illustrated Magazine {1899-1901}, The Sketch, and The Illustrated London News (1900 – 1963)

his copy of Vera; or, The Nihilists (1880) was the presentation copy given by Wilde to Geneviève Ward, now part of the Eccles Collection, British Library

Isman, Felix

1873 – 1943

real estate dealer and theatrical entrepreneur, pioneer in the motion picture industry

book and art collector (Cruikshank, Dickens, Wilde; Dürer, Rembrandt, Franz Hals, Delacroix, Millet, Corot, Daubigny, …) 

1328 S. Penn Sq., Philadelphia. Pa.

112 East 83 Street, New York, N.Y.

Isman was one one of the first American collectors of Wildeana and one of the earliest customers of A.S.W. Rosenbach. For him Rosenbach combed the London bookstores by mail for Wilde material. First it was the manuscript of The Importance of Being Earnest, then that of Vera; or The Nihilists, then eighteen first editions, all of them presentation copies, and finally anything of Wilde that Isman did not have [c. 1902]
(see Wolf and Fleming, p. 53)

Felix Isman’s extensive Wilde collection was deposited as collateral for loans with his bankers, Wolf Brothers, for a note of $10,000. Their friend Abe Rosenbach knew he could dispose of that, and did so a little later for $18,000 to John Stetson
(see ibid., p. 75)

Jackson, Richard Charles

1851 – 1923

scholar, collector

Bowyer Park, Camberwell, London

Grosvenor Park, Camberwell, London

close friend of Walter Pater

said to be the original of Pater’s Marius the Epicurean
(see Wright,
The Life of Walter Pater, vol. 1, p. xiv)

Jacobs, J. [Josefine]

?

bookseller, publisher

The Bibliophile Press

est. 1900

149 Edgware Rd., London, W.

publisher of Stuart Mason’s Oscar Wilde – Art and Morality, 1908 

publisher of The Priest and the Acolyte, 1907 (with an introduction of Stuart Mason)

Christopher Millard / Stuart Mason had joined Jacobs’ firm in the summer of 1907. He left in July 1908.

Joseph, E. [Emmanuel]

?

firm, antiquarian booksellers (Jack and Sam Joseph)

sons of Emmanuel Joseph, bookseller

from 1876, Holywell Street, Strand, London

moved to 48 Charing Cross Rd. in 1900

Karpeles, David

1936

mathematician, physicist, real estate investor

founder and director of the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums

21 W. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, Calif.

Kaufmann, Donald J. 

?

collector of books

24 Cables Ave., Waterbury, Conn.

in 1978 his Oscar Wilde collection was given to the Library of Congress, Washington, DC as a gift

Kennerley, Mitchell

1878 – 1950

bibliophile, publisher, auctioneer

president of the Anderson Galleries from 1916 till 1929

co-founder of Parke-Bernet Galleries in 1937-8

friend of A.S.W. Rosenbach

from 1894 till 1900 he worked for John Lane (after splitting with Elkin Mathews), first in London at the Bodley Head, then in New York, 140 Fifth Ave. 

started his own publishing firm in 1906

Keppel, Frederick

1845 – 1912

Irish-born art and  print dealer, bookseller, critic, publisher

in 1862 he emigrated to Canada, in 1864 to Utica, N.Y.

owner and founder of Frederick Keppel & Co. (1868-1940)

66 Beekman St., New York, N.Y.

243 Broadway

20 E 16th Street (for 20 years)

from 1905, 4 E. 39th Street, then 6 E. 57th Street

in 1940 Keppel & Co. merged with Arthur H. Harlow Co. Inc. The newly-formed Harlow, Keppel Co. moved to 670 Fifth Avenue

Keppel had a close personal relationship with James McNeill Whistler

Kern, Jerome D. 

1885 – 1945

composer, songwriter, collector

Kern wrote more than 700 songs, used in over 100 stage works, including such classics as “Ol’ Man River“, “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man“, “A Fine Romance“, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes“, “The Song Is You“, “All the Things You Are“, “The Way You Look Tonight“, “Long Ago (and Far Away)“ and “Who?.“

his sale in 1929, realized $1,729,462

The Library of Jerome Kern, Part One, A-J, Anderson Galleries, New York, Jan. 7-10, 1929

The Library of Jerome Kern, Part Two, J-Z, Anderson Galleries, New York, Jan. 21-24, 1929

The Later Library of Jerome Kern – Important Literary Manuscripts and First Editions, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, Oct. 16, 1962

started to collect books around 1915

buying from A.S.W. Rosenbach, Gabriel Wells, Bernard Quaritch

Kirby, Thomas E. [Ellis]

1846 – 1924

art dealer, auctioneer

one of three founders of the American Art Association (AAA) in 1883 in New York City

managing director of the AAA for 40 years

Koç, Ömer

1962

collector

business magnate and president of the Koç Holding, Turkey’s largest group of companies

Ankara, Turkey

the Paris exhibition Oscar Wilde: Insolence Incarnate, 2016 “was the brainchild of the Turkish business magnate and collector Ömer Koç, who also financed it.“
(
Irish Times, Oct. 3, 2016)

Koch, Frederick R. [Robinson]

1933 – 2020

collector of rare books and manuscripts,  philanthropist

New York, N.Y.

Frederick R. Koch Collections:
– at the Harvard Theater Collection
– at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

active with a range of arts and cultural organizations, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Pierpont Morgan Library

the Frederick R. Koch Foundation, est. 2020

Kraus, Hans Peter

1907 – 1988

Austrian-born rare-book dealer

emigrated to the United States in 1939

16 East 46th St., New York, N.Y.

Lady Alexander (Florence Jane, née Théleur)

1857/1858 – 1946

married to George Alexander in 1882

Catalogue of Valuable Printed Books, Fine Illuminated and Other Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Historical Documents, Literary Manuscripts and Relics, Sotheby’s, London, 3-5 July 1933

Lane, I. Remsen

[?1840 – 1910]

Orange, N.J.

Autograph Letters, Manuscripts and Documents … including the Collection of the late I. Remsen Lane, of Orange, N.J., Anderson Auction Company, New York, Jan. 26, 1914

Library of the late I. Remsen Lane, Anderson Galleries, New York, May 16-17, 1922

Lane, John

1854 – 1925

publisher

founded The Bodley Head together with Elkin Mathews in Oct. 1887, their partnership ended in August 1894

Vigo St., London

Catalogue of Printed Books (…) Comprising a Selection from the Library of the late John Lane, Esq. of The Bodley Head, Vigo Street …, Sotheby’s, London, 6-7 July 1925

Mathews and Lane became Richard le Galliennes’s publishers in 1889, issuing a small volume of verse, entitled Volumes in Folio

Lapham, Edwin Nathan

1850 – ?

rare-book and art collector

Chicago, Ill.

short-time president of the Merwin-Clayton Book Sales and Auction Company (till 1912)

New York, N.Y.

Catalogue of the Library of Edwin N. Lapham, Anderson Galleries, New York, Dec. 1-3, 1908

Ledger, Walter E. [Edwin]

1862 -1931

Wilde collector,  bibliophile, bibliographer

worked together with Christopher Sclater Millard for his Bibliography of Oscar Wilde

founder of the Robert Ross Memorial Collection, University College, Oxford

45, Wilton Grove, Wimbledon, UK

before meeting Millard he had been collecting editions of Salomé in all languages and preparing a bibliography of Salomé (see Collected Edition of Oscar Wilde, vol. XII, 2nd ed., Methuen, 1909)

began collecting Wildeana in the 1890s

in contact with Robert Ross since 1902

Leff, Jay C. 

1925 – 2000

art collector

president of the Fayette Bank and Trust Co., Uniontown, Pa. (until 1986)

First Editions – Fine Bindings, Modern French Illustrated Books, Art Reference Works, Illuminated Manuscripts. Collection of Jay C. Leff, Uniontown, Pa, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, Nov. 18, 1958

Le Gallienne, Eva

1899 – 1991

daughter of Richard Le Gallienne

actress, producer, director

Le Gallienne, Richard 

1866 – 1947

English author, poet and critic

friend of Oscar Wilde since 1888

chief reader for and first author of The Bodley Head, later one of the key-members

settled in America in October 1900 before going back to England in 1926, then moving to France in 1927

A Catalogue of Select Books, Letters and Manuscripts from the Private Library of Richard Le Gallienne, The Anderson Auction Company, New York, June 5-7, 1905

Leon, Sir Herbert

1850-1926

MP, Liberal Party

Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, UK

Catalogue of the Valuable Library formed by the late Sir Herbert Leon, BT., Sotheby’s, London, 19-21 July 1937

Leverson, Ada

1862 – 1933

“the Sphinx“ – friend of Oscar Wilde

sheltered Wilde in 1895 between his trials

2 Courtfield Gardens, South Kensington, London 

writer of parodies and satirical letters in Punch and Black and White in the nineties

novelist after 1900

married Ernest Leverson in 1881 at the age of 19. The marriage broke up in 1905

Leverson, Ernest

1851 – 1921

investor

friend of Oscar Wilde

Ada Leverson’s husband

Wilde asked Leverson to lend him £500 for his legal expenses in March 1895

Lewis, William Luther

1884 – 1952

English-born steel industrialist

collector of rare books and manuscripts

president of the Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company, New York (1946 – 1952)

Kendall Jr., Lyle H., A Descriptive Catalogue of the W. L. Lewis Collection, Fort Worth, Texas Christian University, 1970

Lippincott, J. B. [Joshua Ballinger]

1813 – 1886

founded the publishing company J. B. Lippincott & Co. in Philadelphia in 1836

publisher of “The Picture of Dorian Gray“ (1890)

Lippincott opened their London office in 1875 at 16 (?36) Southampton Street

in 1884 they moved to 15 Russell Street

in 1886 to 10 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden

later to 5 Henrietta Street

then to 16 John St., Adelphi

by the end of the 19th century, Lippincott was one of the largest and best-known publishers in the world

Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine was published in America and England from 1868 to 1914

sold to Harper & Row in 1978

Livingston, Luther S. [Samuel]

1864 – 1914

bookseller, bibliophile, bibliographer, scholar

from 1893 cataloguer with Dodd, Mead & Co., later head of their Rare Book Department

compiled the series of American Book Prices Current from 1895 to 1914, and the four volume Auction Prices of Books in 1905

“Dodd & Livingston Rare Books“
(1910-1914) 

4th Ave. 13th Street, New York, N.Y.

Books, Autographs and Manuscripts of extreme Rarity from the Library of Mrs. Luther S. Livingston, Anderson Galleries, New York, March 5-6, 1923

“In 1914 Livingston was appointed Librarian of the Widener collection in the Harvard College Library. His death, after an illness extending over two years, came within four weeks after the time of his appointment.“
(
American Antiquarian Society, April 1915, p. 16) 

Louÿs, Pierre

1870 – 1925

French poet and writer

friend of Oscar Wilde

Manuscrits de Pierre Louÿs, Catalogue de Manuscrits, L. Carteret, Paris, 14 Mai, 1926

Lowenherz, David H.

1951

rare book and autograph dealer

founder and president of “Lion Hearts Autographs“

est. 1978

330 East, 38th St. New York, N.Y.

Luyster Jr., S. B. [Samuel Britton]

?

bookseller, exporter and importer of British books (together with his brother Albert L. Luyster)

S. B. Luyster & Co.

10 Silver St., Bloomsbury, London, W.C. 

138 Fulton St., New York, N.Y.

79 Nassau St.

from 1903 35 St. John St., Brooklyn

MacKaye, James Morrison Steele

1842 – 1894

American actor, dramatist, theatre manager

MacKaye was one of the recipients of Vera; or, The Nihilists (1880) and of Vera; or, The Nihilists (1882)

Madigan, Patrick F. [Francis]

?

book and autograph dealer, publisher

est. his business in 1888

24 East 21st St., New York, N.Y.

501 Fifth Ave., 42nd St.

561 Fifth Ave.. 46th St.

12 West 47th St.

8 West 47 St.

“His speciality is selling books signed by the author. He is one of the few men who realized Oscar Wilde’s importance at a time when no one paid much attention to this unfortunate poet. In the course of years he collected a mass of Oscar Wilde material, and he is now reaping the harvest.“
(Bruno,
Adventures in American Bookshops, p. 78)

Madigan, Thomas F. 

1890 – 1936

book dealer, successor to Patrick F. Madigan

“The Autograph Shop“

8 West 47 St., New York, N.Y.

2 East 54th St.

Maggs Bros.

1853 – today

bookseller

“Fine and Rare Books, Prints and Autographs“

159 Church St., Paddington, London, W. 

109 Strand, London [1901-1918], 

later, 34 and 35 Conduit St. London, W. 1 [1918-1939], and 93 & 95 Rue la Boëtie, Paris

later, 50 Berkeley Square, W. 1 (and 130 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris)

later, 48 Bedford Square WC1B 3DR

from 2016, 46 Curzon St., London, WiJ 7UH 

Marbury, Elizabeth

1856 – 1933

theatrical and literary agent for Wilde in America, also representing G. B. Shaw

New York, N.Y.

Wilde first met Elizabeth Marbury on his lecture tour of America and Canada in 1882

M. worked closely with Charles Frohman

a presentation copy of Lady Windermere’s Fan signed and inscribed by Wilde to Elizabeth Marbury was sold for $27,000 at Swann Auction Galleries, Nov. 13, 2018 to an unknown collector

Marshall, Marion

d. 1901

“Mrs Marshall’s Type Writing Office“

27, Chancery Lane, London

in 1887 moved to 126, Strand, London

established the first typing agency in Britain

“Having learned the craft and technique of operating the typewriter in 1883, Marian [sic] Marshall opened her typewriting business in Chancery Lane, and then moved to the Strand in 1887 in order to be more convenient for her largely theatrically connected clients. At a certain point she became Wilde’s exclusive typist, by which time she had a thriving company of ‘typewriter girls’.“
(Donohue,
Complete Works, vol. IX, p. [167n]

Mason, Jeremy

1950

bibliophile, collector

London

Oscar Wilde: A Man for Our Times – A Catalogue of Selected Items from the Collection of Jeremy Mason, London, Bonhams, 2021

Mason, Stuart

(see Millard Christopher S.) 

Mathews, Elkin

1851 – 1921

bookseller and publisher

founded The Bodley Head together with John Lane in Oct. 1887, their partnership ended in August 1894

Vigo St., London

A Catalogue of the Library of the late Elkin Mathews, Esq., Hodgson & Co., London, 26-28 April 1928

Mathews and Lane became Richard le Galliennes’s publishers in 1889, issuing a small volume of verse, entitled Volumes in Folio

Meyer, Eugene I. [Isaac], Jr.

1875 – 1959

collector

brother of Mrs G. Blumenthal

banker, owner of a New York Stock Exchange company (dissolved Sept. 1917)

connected with J. P. Morgan

publisher of the Washington Post (1933 – 1946), 

first president of the World Bank Group (June 1946 – Dec 1946)

Meyerstein, E. H. W. (Edward Harry William)

1889-1952

scholar, poet, novelist

manuscript and book collector

fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford

assistant in the British Museum’s department of manuscripts (1913-1918)

G. Michelmore & Co.

?

bookseller

est. 1919 (- ?1936)

5 Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, London S.W. 1

Millard, Christopher S. 

1872 – 1927

bibliographer of Oscar Wilde

assistant editor Burlington Magazine

rare book collector and antiquarian book dealer

The Bungalow, 8, Abercorn Place, London, N.W. 8

Valuable Books and Manuscripts … First Editions of Modern Authors, Including a Collection, by and relating to, Oscar Wilde – The Property of Mr. C. S. Millard, M. A. …, Puttick and Simpson, London, 8-9 May 1907

A Collection of Original Manuscripts, Letters and Books of Oscar Wilde, including his letters written to Robert Ross from Reading Gaol and Unpublished Letters, Poems & Plays formerly in the possession of Robert Ross, C. S. Millard (Stuart Mason) and the younger son of Oscar Wilde, Dulau & Company  [Catalogue 161], London, n. d. [1928]

working closely together with Robert Ross as his (part-time) secretary

published 16 catalogues between Dec. 1919 and Sept. 1927

“In October [1925] Christopher offered William Andrews Clark almost all of the Wildean material which he still possessed.“
(Roberts,
Millard, p. 228)

Miller, Betty [Elizabeth Jane] Kern

1918 – 1996

daughter of Jerome Kern

Danville, Ky.

Morgan, J. [John] Pierpont

1837–1913

financier, banker

founder of J. P. Morgan and Co. (1895)

art and book collector

36th St., New York, N.Y.

B. Quaritch was Morgan’s London agent

Morgan, J. [John] Pierpont, Jr.

1867 – 1943

banker, philanthropist, collector

son of J. Pierpont Morgan

New York, N.Y.

in February 1924, Morgan made the Pierpont Morgan Library a public institution, as a memorial to his father, today The Morgan Library & Museum

see also Greene, Bella da Costa

Mosher, Thomas B. [Bird]

1852 – 1923

American publisher

started publishing in 1891

promoter of the British Pre-Raphaelites, Aesthetes, and Victorians

Portland, Maine

“pirate of Portland“

his books were banned from England

a respected publisher of belles-lettres who took advantage of the absence of international copyright to reprint the work of English authors without permission – and often without payment
(see Bruccoli, p. 12)

Muehlstein, Herman

1880 – 1962

collector of rare books, art and sculptures

industrialist, philanthropist, rubber and plastic magnat, environmentalist

H. Muehlstein & Co., Inc., est. 1911, as rubber recycler in Akron, Ohio

president of the Rubber Trade Association

521 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y.

living at 60 Sutton Place South

In 1955 Muehlstein made his first gift of rare books and first editions to The University of Akron. At the time of his death seven years later, the University received the remainder of his collection. 

Myers, Winifred A. 

1909-1985

collector, bookseller, autograph and antiquarian dealer

est. 1889 (“Myers & Co.“)

12 Borough High St., and Holywell St., London

“Albert I. Myers, Antiquarian Booksellers“

from 1901: 59 High Holborn

from 1928: 102 New Bond Street

from 1959: 80 New Bond Street

“Winifred A. Myers (Autographs) Ltd.“

in the late 60s: Dover Street, and finally St Martin’s Lane

president of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA), 1950-1952

Papantonio, Michael

1907 – 1978

antiquarian book dealer, collector of American bindings

opened his first shop in 1936

“Papantonio’s Bookshop“

509 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y.

“Seven Gables Bookshop“ (1946 – 1979)

with his partner John S. van E. Kohn (formerly “Collector’s Bookshop“)

3 West 46 St., New York, N.Y.

founding member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA), elected president in 1958 

agent for William Luther Lewis

Peters, Frederick E.

?

collector

26 Brunswick Square, Hove, Sussex

Pickering & Chatto

1820 – today

antiquarian bookseller, publisher

“Old, Rare, First Editions“

Bloomsbury, London

66 Haymarket, London, S.W.

1 King Street, St. James, London, S.W. 1

17 Pall Mall, London  SW1Y 5NB

36 St George Street, London W1R 9FA

1 ST Clement’s Court, London EC4N 7HB

Pitcher, William S.

?

Marin County, Calif.

Poole, Ivor L.

?

bookseller, rare books, autographs, letters

Ivor L. Poole Ltd.

104 Charing Cross Rd., London, W. C. 

58 Gloucester Rd., London, S.W.7

Poor, Henry W. [William]

1844 – 1915

banker, stockbroker

book collector 

777 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y.

authority in railway matters

Poor’s Railroad Manual

Catalogue of the Library of Henry W. Poor, part III, Anderson Auction Company, New York, Jan. 12-14, 1909
pt. IV, Feb. 23-25, 1909

the catalogues were done by Arthur Swann, bibliographer

Henry E. Huntington bought about one third of the Poor library

lost his fortune in the bankers’ panic / Knickerbocker crisis of 1907 and was forced to sell his library at auction 

Prescott, Marjorie Wiggin 

1893 – 1980

book, manuscript, furniture and art collector 

30 Field Point Drive, Greenwich, Conn.

Hobe Sound, Fla.

purchased the bookshop Just Books Inc. (28 Arcadia Rd, Old Greenwich, Conn.) in 1959, sold it again in the 70s [?1978]

The Prescott Collection: Printed Books and Manuscripts, including an extensive collection of books and manuscripts by Oscar Wilde, Christie, Manson & Woods, New York, February 6, 1981

her collection of 437 lots of books and manuscripts sold for $1.3 million
(see
The New York Times, March 1, 1981, p. 125)

her collection was formed between 1929 and 1965

by the early 1930s James F. Drake had become MWP’s primary dealer

customer of A.S.W. Rosenbach since 1929

Prescott, Sherburne

1886 – 1967

banker 

president of the Chase National / Manhattan Bank (retired in 1954)

husband of Marjorie Wiggin Prescott

Quaritch, Bernard

1819 – 1899

German-born bookseller and bibliophile

set off for London in 1842

Bernard Quaritch Ltd.

opening his own bookshop at 16 Castle Street, Leicester Square, London (1847-1860)

15 Piccadilly (1860-1907)

11 Grafton Street, New Bond Street, London, W. 1 (1907- ?)

40 South Audley Street, London W1K 2PR

5-8 Lower John Street, London W1R 4AU

since 2019: 36 Bedford Row, Bloomsbury, WC1R 4JH

“I am desirous of becoming recognized as their London agent by all men outside of England who want books. The need of such an agent is frequently felt abroad by the heads of literary institutions, librarians, and book-lovers generally.“
(Roberts,
The Book-Hunter in London, pp. 256-7)

Quaritch, Bernard Alfred

1870 – 1913

antiquarian book dealer

son of Bernard Quaritch

one of the founding members of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) in 1906

friend of A.S.W. Rosenbach

agent for The British Museum, the Government of India, the Society for Antiquaries, the Australian Museum, the Royal Society of Canada, the EgyptianExploration Fund, the Selden Society

J. P. Morgan’s London agent, bought likewise for H. C. Folger, H. E. Huntington, Robert Hoe, Harry Elkins Widener

Edmund Hunt Dring (1863-1928) became manager after B. A. Quaritch’s death, and from 1917 Managing Director when the business was converted into a Private Liability Company. He was succeeded by J. H. Wrentmore as Director, with F. S. Ferguson as Managing Director (retired in 1943). E. M. Dring, son of E.H. Dring, became managing director in 1960 (until 1990)

now owned by book collector and investor John Koh

Quinn, John

 1870 – 1924

manuscript, rare-book and art collector

Irish-American lawyer

New York, N.Y.

The Library of John Quinn, part 5, Anderson Galleries, New York, March 17-20, 1924

Autograph Letters by Celebrated Authors … Sold by order of The National Bank of Commerce in New York and Maurice Leon, Surviving Executor of the Estate of John Quinn, Deceased, American Art Association, New York, Feb. 8-9, 1927

John Quinn Papers, Manuscripts and Archives Division. The New York Public Library. Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations

sale at Anderson Galleries between Nov. 1923 and March 1924:
12,108 lots, five-volume catalogue, “the greatest auction of modern literature“
(Bruccoli, p. 151)

in the 1920s Quinn owned the largest single collection of modern European paintings in the world

Ransom, Harry H. [Huntt]

1908 – 1976

professor, dean, vice-president, provost, president of the University of Texas

chancellor from 1961 to 1971

founded the Humanities Research Center of the University of Texas in 1957, which changed its name to the Harry Ransom Center in 1983

purchased the library of T. E. Hanley in 1958 for about $1 million

bought from James F. Drake, El Dieff, Bertram Rota, House of Books, Kelleher

Retz & Storm

rare-book dealer, publisher

598 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y.

Richards, Grant

1872 – 1948

publisher, writer

started his first publishing house in 1897 at 9 Henrietta St., Covent Graden

48 Leicester Sq.. London

“E. Grant Richards“

7 Charlton St., London, S.W. 

“Grant Richards Ltd.“

8 St. Martin’s St.

from 1926, “Richards Press“

Richardson, Frank

1870 – 1917

journalist, critic, novelist

Richmond, Edward Dean 

1892 – 1933

investment banker

book collector and philanthropist

575 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y.

The Splendid Library formed by the late Edward Dean Richmond: A Remarkable Collection of Oscar Wilde – Manuscripts, First Editions, and Associated Items, American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, New York, Nov. 2-3, 1933 

Rider, Dan J. [Daniel James]

1869 – ?

bookseller, author

36 St. Martin’s Court / Charing Cross Rd. London, W.C.

in 1905 Rider took over from Charles Cannon (see above)

Rivière, Robert

1808 – 1882

bookbinder, leather bindings

trading dates 1829 – 1939

Bath (1829 – 1840)

28 Great Queen Street, London (1840 – 1856)

Great Newport Street, Long Acre (1856 – 1861)

196 Piccadilly (1862 – 1881)

“Rivière & Son“

20 Broad Street, Bloomsbury (1882 – 1884)

29-33 Heddon St., Regent St., London, W. (1884 – 1939)

Rivière bindings usually carry a stamp, “Bound by Riviere and Son“

Bayntun of Bath acquired Riviere c. 1930. 

in 1939 Bayntun and Riviere binderies were incorporated into a new set of premises on Manvers Street, Bath, UK

Col. Robinson, Charles L. F. [Leonard Frost]

1874 – 1916

book collector, financier, politician

1161 Prospect Ave., Hartford, Conn.

president of the Colt Patent Firearms Company

Catalogue of Rare Books Comprising the Valuable Library of the late Col. Charles L. F. Robinson, Anderson Galleries, New York, April 30 – May 1, 1917

Robson, Barthelomew

1846 – 1928

bookseller, publisher

est. 1870 at Castle St., Leiceister Sq., London

Cranbourn St., Soho (1873)

“Robson & Kerslake [later: Karslake]“ (from the 1880s)

23 Coventry Street, Piccadilly, London W

“Robson & Co.“ (till 1918)

“Robson Ltd.“ (1922)

Hanover St.

Rosenbach, Dr. A.S.W. [Abraham Simon Wolf]

1876 – 1952

rare-book dealer, bibliophile, and book collector

with his brother Philip, A.S.W. Rosenbach started the Rosenbach Company in 1903, A.S.W. handling books and Philip the antiques

first catalogue issued in March 1904

273 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y.

1320 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pa.

2006 DeLancey Street

1618 Locust St. (1948)

4 West 40th St., New York, N.Y. (from 1914)

15 East 51 St. (1931)

322 East 57th St. (1948)

“[Rosenbach] had just [1914 ] sold to Stetson for $14,300 the most sensational lot of Wilde material that had passed through his hands. It had come from Quaritch. Included in it were some manuscripts, proof sheets of The Ballad of Reading Gaol, letters to Wilde’s wife written before their marriage and the notorious ‘love letters’ from Oscar to his dear ‘Bosie,’ Lord Alfred Douglas. … They were the highlights of the Stetson collection, and were later among the William A. Clark, Jr’s., most prized possessions.“
(Wolf and Fleming, pp. 85/6)

“At the sale of the Stetson collection of Oscar Wilde at the end of April, 1920, Dr Rosenbach swept the board almost clean, taking virtually every item of real importance. He had been a Wilde enthusiast since his college days, when it was avant-garde to be mauve. His enthusiasm had been shared by Colonel H. D. Hughes of Philadelphia, who spent over $10,000 at the sale, wisely entrusting his bids to the Doctor. But if the dealer had been sure of his judgement in the spring, he for once lost some of that assurance by fall – and lost it a fortnight too soon. For $5700, in September, he turned over to Colonel Hughes the richest lot of Wilde manuscripts ever sold, the originals of The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, and An Ideal Husband, which he had bought for stock. When, two weeks later, William A. Clark, Jr. bought the notorious correspondence of Wilde with Lord Alfred Douglas, the “Dear Bosie“ letters, for $8690 the greatest Wilde collection in the world received its real impetus.“
(ibid., p. 135)

since 1905 the latest A. S. W. Rosenbach systematically collected Oscar Wilde letters and manuscripts
(see
Publishers’ Weekly, Aug. 12, 1905, p. 350) 

Rosenbach had a reputation for building great libraries for rich men
(see [Kraus, H. P.,]
A Rare Book Saga, p. 92)

friend of Mitchell Kennerley

his clients: [Harry Elkins] Widener and the Widener family, Stetson, Earle, J. P. Morgan, [Henry C.] Folger, Huntington, Houghton, Rosenwald

he saw his own role as keeping great books moving, increasing their value, getting them the care and preservation they deserved, and putting them in the hands of those who would most appreciate them

named “the Napoleon of Books alias the Terror of the Auction Rooms or Rosy or Dr. R.“
(Towner, p. 552)

the life-time total of his purchases is estimated to be worth more than $75,000,000

Henry Rham was Rosenbach’s official contact man inside Sotheby’s

Rosenbach, Philip H. (Hyman)

1863 – 1953

art collector

elder brother of A.S.W. Rosenbach and his partner at the Rosenbach Company

president of Rosenbach & Co.. 

Rosenbach Company

founded June 22, 1903

1320 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 

1618 Locust St. (1948)

4 West 40th St., New York, N.Y. (from 1914)

15 East 51 St. (1931)

322 East 57th St. (1948)

founded by Philip and A.S.W. Rosenbach, Clement S. Bement and Joseph M. Fox. Bement and Fox left in 1915

The Rosenbach

founded in April 1954

The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation

2010 DeLancey Place, Philadelphia, Pa.

in spring of 2013, the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Rosenbach Museum & Library agreed to merge, creating The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation in December 2013

Rosenfield, Z. [Zerlina] and L. [Laura]

“Rosenfield Stenography and Typewriting“

six different offices in New York

71 Broadway (Empire State Building), formerly 66 Broadway, New York, N.Y.

44 Broad St.

27 Pine Street 

49 West 28th Street 

1440 Broadway

1402 Broadway

the two sisters founded their business in 1889 and started in Gustave Frohman’s apartment-office at Madison Avenue and 20th Street

the agency was taken over in 1939 by My E. Henley and Anne Green

Rosenthal, Julia

1953

rare-book dealer, collector of Wildeana

London

Julia Rosenthal’s Wilde collection was acquired by the Library of Trinity College, Dublin, in 2011

Ross, Robert

1869 – 1918

Canadian born journalist and art critic

friend and literary executor of Oscar Wilde

from 1901 to 1908, manager and part owner of the Carfax Gallery, 17 Ryder Street, London (founded in 1898 by William Rothenstein, Arthur Bellamy Clifton and John Fothergill)

Hornton Street, London

15 Vicarage Gardens, Kensington, London

13 Lower Grosvenor Gardens

40 Half Moon Street

Valuable Books, Autograph Letters and Illuminated and Other Manuscripts, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, London, 27 July 1911

A Collection of Original Manuscripts, Letters and Books of Oscar Wilde, including his letters written to Robert Ross from Reading Gaol and Unpublished Letters, Poems & Plays formerly in the possession of Robert Ross, C. S. Millard (Stuart Mason) and the younger son of Oscar Wilde, Dulau & Company  [Catalogue 161], London, n. d. [1928]

Ross administered the estate for Wilde’s sons, Cyril and Vyvyan Holland. Vyvyan Holland took over the estate after Ross’s death in 1918.

Rota, Bertram

1903 – 1966

bookseller

great nephew of Bertram Dobell (s. above)

Bertram Rota Ltd. 

est. 1923

Davies Street, London (1927-1934)

Old Burlington Street (1934-1937)

Bodley House, Vigo Street (1937-1965, formerly the office of John Lane)

4-6 Savile Row, London W1 (1965-1977)

30-31 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9LT

in 2019 the firm’s archive, comprising correspondence with authors, literary agents and publishers, largely concerning the selling of their archives, has been found a permanent home at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas

Rothchild, Herbert L. [Lionel]

1881 – 1935

lawyer, early motion picture exhibitor

book and manuscript collector

San Francisco, Calif.

The Private Library of Herbert L. Rothchild of San Francisco, California – Exceptionally Complete Series of First Editions of XIXth and XXth Century Writers, Inscribed Volumes and Original Manuscripts, American Art Association, New York,  April 30, May 1-2, 1924 

Sabin, Joseph F. [Fred]

1846 – 1926

antiquarian bookseller

[22] Pine St., New York, N.Y.

80 Nassau St.

Sabin, Percy J. [Joseph]

1872 – 1934

antiquarian bookseller

son of Joseph F. Sabin and his successor

Sabin, Frank

?

bookseller

172 New Bond Street, London

father of Frank T. Sabin

Sabin, Frank T. [Thomas]

? -1915

rare book and autograph dealer

son of Frank Sabin

“Fine and Rare Books, Autographs“

118 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W. C. (1896)

172 New Bond St., London, W. (1926)

46 Albermarle Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4JN

Frank Sabin had two sons, Frank M. [Marshall] and Stanley

“The relationship between Rosenbach and Sabin was a marriage de convenance; neither partner liked the other, but Sabin was Rosenbach’s richest source of supply and Rosenbach was Sabin’s best customer. After the outbreak of war [1914], the London dealer was happy to ship over the best of his stock ‘on tick.’“
(Wolf and Fleming, p. 86)

Sachs, Howard J. [Joseph]

1891 – 1969

investment banker, broker

collector

partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co., 1915 – 1963 

New York, N.Y.

Stamford, Conn.

Rare First Editions, Autograph Letters, Manuscripts … The Distinguished Library of Howard J. Sachs, Stamford, Conn., Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, Feb. 1, 1944

customer of A.S.W. Rosenbach

Sadleir, Michael

1888 – 1957

British publisher, scholar, novelist, book collector, bibliographer

born Michael Thomas Harvey Sadler

Througham Court, Blisley, Gloucestershire, UK (1929-1949)

Willow Fram, Oakley Green, Berkshire, UK

president of the Bibliographical Society, 1944 – 1946

London

Valuable Printed Books, Important Literary Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, etc. … and A Very Remarkable Series of Manuscripts of Oscar Wilde, Sotheby’s, London, 3-4 April 1950
[“A Highly Important Series of Manuscripts of Oscar Wilde, Formerly the Property of A. B. Clifton, Partner with Ronald [
Robert] Ross in the Carfax Galleries, And now Sold by the Order of Michael Sadleir, Esq.“, Sotheby’s, London, 3-4 April 1950, p. 28]

Catalogue of Printed Books, Autograph Letters & Historical Documents, … The Property of Michael Sadlier [sic], Esq., Sotheby’s, London, 4-6 April, 1955

Catalogue of First Editions in English Literature, Private Press Books and Bibliography: The Property of the late Michael Sadleir, Esq., Sotheby’s, London, 17-18 November 1958

son of Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861-1943), Master of University College, Oxford (1923 to 1934)

Sangorski & Sutcliffe

bookbinders

Frances Sangorski (1875 – 1912) and George Sutcliffe (1878 – 1943)

well known for their exquisitely decadent bindings

est. 1901

1-5, Poland St., Oxford St., London, W. 1

in 1988, both Sangorski & Sutcliffe and Zaehnsdorf bindery were bought by Asprey trading, merged, and rebranded as SSZ Limited – Shepards bookbinding purchased SSZ Limited and revived the individual bookbinding brands with their former names

Schermerhorn, J. Maus

1847 – 1927

New York, N.Y.

Books and Autographs from the Collections of Mrs Henry P. Quincy, of Boston, Mr J. Maus Schermerhorn, of New York, and from Other Collections, Anderson Auction Company, New York, May 25-26, 1914

Schiff, Mortimer L. [Loeb]

1877 – 1931 

banker

rare-book and art collector

partner of Kuhn, Loeb & Co. (1900-1931)

932 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y.

Oyster Bay, Long Island, N.Y.

5th president of the Boy Scouts of America

Catalogue of a Selected Portion of the Famous Library Principally of Fine Bindings, Rare Engravings, Illustrated Books and French Literature Formed by the late Mortimer L. Schiff, Esq., and now sold by order of John Mortimer Schiff Esq. of New York City, Sotheby’s, London 23 March, 1938

Catalogue of the Second Portion of the Famous Library Principally of Fine Bindings, Rare Engravings, Illustrated Books and French Literature Formed by the late Mortimer L. Schiff, Esq., and now sold by order of John Mortimer Schiff Esq. of New York City, Sotheby’s, London, 5-7 July 1938 

Catalogue of the Third and Final Portion of the Famous Library Principally of Fine Bindings, Rare Engravings, Illustrated Books and French Literature Formed by the late Mortimer L. Schiff, Esq. of New York City, and now sold by order of John Mortimer Schiff Esq. of New York City, Sotheby’s, London, 9 December, 1938

part of his Wilde collection went to Mary and Donald Hyde

Schwartz, Jacob (Jake)

1899 – ?late 1960s

American-born rare-book and manuscript dealer, bibliographer, publisher

by 1930, “Ulysses Bookshop“, 20 Bloomsbury St., London, W.C. 1

13 Chichester Terrace, Brighton, UK

one of his principal customers was T. E, Hanley

Scott, Temple

1864 – 1939

British-born rare-book dealer, writer, editor, publisher, bibliographer

in the early 1900s, founded the Scott-Thaw Publishing Co. 

542 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y.

from 1907 – 1918, in charge of the publishing department of Brentano’s

Shapero, Bernard J. 

1963

rare-book dealer

began dealing in rare books in 1979 from a stall in Gray’s Antique Market (near Bond St., London), moving to Holland Park Avenue in 1986 and Mayfair in 1996

32 St George Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2EA

“Shapero Rare Books“ (sold to Blackwell Publishing in 2007)

Shapero Rare Books Ltd.

106 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 1DN

Oscar Wilde – A Collection, Bernard Shapero, London, 1989

The 1890s, Shapero Rare Books, London, Oct. 2021

Simpson, John

1943

British collector

CEO Mayflower Corporation (buses, components for wind farms, supplied companies such as MG Rover)

left in March 2004 (former prime ministerJohn Major used to sit on the board as part-time director)

Oscar Wilde, Sotheby’s, London, 29 Oct. 2004

Sims, George F. [Frederick]

1923 – 1999

antiquarian bookseller, first editions, letters, manuscripts; writer, publisher

started his business in 1948

primarily a mail-order bookseller

“G. F. Sims Rare Books“ 

Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, UK

ended his career in 1987

over ten years Sims bought regularly from Vyvyan Holland

“Some of the things V. H. sold to me had been given to him by various friends including Robert Ross, H. G. Wells, C. S. Millard and Charles Scott Moncrieff. Quite a number of books in his library had come from the collection of Edward Heron-Allen who had been a friend of Oscar Wilde and (reputedly) in love with Constance before becoming a friend of their son.“
(Sims,
Last of the Rare Book Game, p. 1)

Smith, George D. [Dallas]

1870 – 1920

bookseller

started as a stock boy for Dodd, Mead and Co.

opened his first shop in 1895, 69 Fourth Ave., New York, N.Y.

later, 4 East 42nd St.

later, 50 New St.

from 1910, 48 Wall St.

later, 547 Fifth Av.

later, 8 East 45th St.

Henry E. Huntington’s agent and chief adviser

bought nearly one-third of Henry Poor’s library in 1908/9 and about half of Robert Hoe’s library in 1911/2 for Henry E. Huntington

“king“ of the American dealers  in the pre-Rosenbach era

Smithers, Leonard

1861 – 1907

publisher, book dealer

first: 174 Wardour St., London

1895: 1 Arundel St., Strand

by the end of 1896: 4 & 5 Royal Arcade, Old Bond St.

published Wilde’s The Ballad of Reading Goal (1898), An Ideal Husband (1899), and The Importance of Being Earnest (1899)

“What is certain is that Smithers then became associated with a man name Alfred Cooper who traded as “Wright and Jones“ [see below]. After Wilde’s death, on the 30th November 1900, Smithers and Cooper were jointly responsible for issuing many pirated editions of Wilde’s work.“
(Sims,
The Rare Book Game, p. 58)

Sotheran’s

1761 – today

antiquarian bookseller

Henry Sotheran Ltd.

from 1856: 136-140 Strand (formerly the head office of W. H. Smith & Son)

from the late 1860s: branch at 36 Piccadilly, London 

from 1880: branch at 49 Cross St., Manchester

from 1936 till today: 2 Sackville Street, Mayfair, London W1S 3DP

founded 1761 in York

est. 1815, by Thomas Southern, Little Tower Street, London

Spencer, Walter T.

1863 – 1936

bookseller

est. 1884

27 New Oxford Street, London, W.C. 1

Spencer, Walter T., Forty Years in My Bookshop, London, Constable & Company Ltd., 1923

“one of the most celebrated bookshops in London“
(Newton,
The Amenities of Book-Collecting, p. 27)

Spiegelberg, Frederick

1863 – 1937

judge, writer, collector

25 East 77th St., New York, N.Y.

Early English Literature, Incunabula and Americana … – The Splendid Library of the late Honorable Frederick Spiegelberg,  American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, New York, Nov. 3-4, 1937

auction result $27,137

Spohr, Max

1850 – 1905

bookseller, publisher

est. 1881

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Straße 37 (today August-Bebel-Straße), Leipzig

from 1904, Moritzstraße 10

later, Sidonienstraße 62 (today, Paul-Gruner-Straße)

Leipzig, Germany 

1942 saw the end of publishing activities, and the company was deleted from the commercial register in 1951

Spoor, John A. [Alden]

1851 – 1926

businessman (rail transportation, banking, industrial development, and the livestock industry)

bookcollector

president and chairman of the board of directors of the “Chicago Junction Railway Company“ and the “Union Stock Yards and Transit Company“, Chicago, Ill.

First editions of English XVIII-XIX Century and American XIX Century Authors, Autograph Letters and Manuscripts – The Renowned Library of the late John A. Spoor, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, April 26-8, May 3-5, 1939

Spoor dealt chiefly with the book dealers Stevens and Brown, London, and Walter Hill, Chicago

Stetson, John

1836 – 1896

theatrical impresario, producer, manager

managed different theaters in Boston, Mass. (Howard Athenæum, Olympic, Globe, Park) and in New York, N.Y. (Fifth Avenue Theater, Standard, Star)

his idea was to bring European stars to the U. S. and pair them with American troupes

booked Sarah Bernhardt for the Globe Theatre in December 1880

Stetson Jr., John B. [Batterson]

1884 – 1952

diplomat, businessman

book collector, Elkins Park, Philadelphia, Pa.

customer of A. S. W. Rosenbach since 1909

pilot in the US Army Air force from 1917-1920

U.S. Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Finland and then Poland,

Ambassador to Poland (1925 – 1 Jan. 1930)

son of J. B. Stetson, the founder of the hat manufacturing company in Philadelphia

“With a decline of the family fortunes, Steson had to retrench and sell the Wilde materials.“
(Dickinson,
Dictionary, p. 297)

The Oscar Wilde Collection of John B. Stetson Jr., Anderson Galleries, New York, April 23, 1920, 423 lots

[no Wilde-items were sold at two further Stetson sales in April 1935 and April 1953]

Felix Isman’s extensive Wilde collection was deposited as collateral for loans with his bankers, Wolf Brothers, for a note of $10,000 [?in 1909]. Their friend Abe Rosenbach knew  he could dispose of that, and did so a little later for $18,000 to John Stetson. This was “the real meat“ of the Stetson Wilde collection which was later sold at auction and which is now a distinguished part of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in Los Angeles.
(see Wolf and Fleming, p. 75)

“In 1910, working through Rosenbach, he bought an extensive collection of Oscar Wilde first editions …“
(Dickinson,
Dictionary, p. 297)

“[Rosenbach] had just [1914 ] sold to Stetson for $14,300 the most sensational lot of Wilde material that had passed through his hands. It had come from Quaritch. Included in it were some manuscripts, proof sheets of The Ballad of Reading Gaol, letters to Wilde’s wife written before their marriage and the notorious ‘love letters’ from Oscar to his dear ‘Bosie,’ Lord Alfred Douglas. … They were the highlights of the Stetson collection, and were later among the William A. Clark, Jr’s., most prized possessions.“
(Wolf and Fleming, pp. 85/6)

Stetson was largest investor for the Anderson Galleries in 1915 (when the name was changed back from Anderson Auction Company)

“At the sale of the Stetson collection of Oscar Wilde at the end of April, 1920, Dr Rosenbach swept the board almost clean, taking virtually every item of real importance. He had been a Wilde enthusiast since his college days, when it was avant-garde to be mauve. His enthusiasm had been shared by Colonel H. D. Hughes of Philadelphia, who spent over $10,000 at the sale, wisely entrusting his bids to the Doctor. But if the dealer had been sure of his judgement in the spring, he for once lost some of that assurance by fall – and lost it a fortnight too soon. For $5700, in September, he turned over to Colonel Hughes the richest lot of Wilde manuscripts ever sold, the originals of The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, and An Ideal Husband, which he had bought for stock. When, two weeks later, William A. Clark, Jr. bought the notorious correspondence of Wilde with Lord Alfred Douglas, the “Dear Bosie“ letters, for $8690 the greatest Wilde collection in the world received its real impetus.“
(Wolf and Fleming, p. 135)

“This collection was said to have been formed with the avowed intention of writing a ‘Life,’ but the pressure of other interests of the owner made this impossible.“
(Birnbaum, 1920, p. 20)

Stetson Sale, April, 23, 1920: “Total price amended to £46,870“ [sic, must read $46,870] (see Robert Ross Collection, Oxford, Ross Env. d.222)

“473 [sic, must read 423] lots brought $46,686“ (Bruccoli, p. 135)

“473 [sic] lots brought $46,686“ (Publishers’ Weekly, May 1, 1920, p. 1403)

£9,360 (The Bookman’s Journal and Print Collector, vol. II, no. 27, April 30, 1920, p. 11)

Stevens, Henry [III.]

1879 – 1961

son of Henry Newton Stevens

in 1907 he became partner of “Henry Stevens, Son & Stiles“

London

Stevens, Henry Newton

1855 – 1930

rare-book dealer

son of Henry Stevens

“Henry Stevens & Son“

est. 1885

115 St. Martin’s Lane, London

from 1888, 39 Great Russell St.

in 1895 he became head of “Henry Stevens, Son & Stiles“ (together with Robert Edward Stiles, 1869 – 1937)

in 1907 he became first president of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA)

Stevens, B. F. [Benjamin Franklin] & Brown

1833 – 1902

bibliographer, literary agent

younger brother of Henry Stevens

followed his brother to London

in 1864 forming “B. F. Stevens & Brown Ltd.“

“American Library & Literary Agents“

4 Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London, W.C. 2

28-30 Little Russell St., W. C. 1 and 27 Park Lane, W: 1

Stevens, Henry

1819- 1886

American bookseller, publisher, bibliographer

started his business in 1844 

settled in London in 1845

4 Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London, W. C. 1

elder brother of B. F. Stevens

a. o., agent for the Library of Congress, the British Museum, the Bodleian Library 

between 1847 and 1848, between 1857 and 1858, and again between 1868 and 1870, he returned to the United States

Stikeman & Co. 

bookbinders, leatherbindings

founded by Henry W. Stikeman (1852/3 –  1932)

55 and 57th West 26th St., New York, N.Y.

124 E. 14th St.

Stoddart, J. M. [Joseph Marshall]

1845 – 1921

publisher, editor of Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine (1886-1894)

Philadelphia, Pa.

editor of “The Picture of Dorian Gray“ (1890)

together with Stoddart, Wilde visited Walt Whitman on his American lecture tour in 1882

Stonehill, Charles A. [Archibald], Jr. 

British rare-book dealer, book collector, editor

C. A. Stonehill, Inc., booksellers of New Haven, Connecticut 

198  York St., New Haven, Conn.

262 York St.

from the late 1930s, on Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y.

C. A. Stonehill Ltd.

Great Bookham, Surrey, UK

When Stonehill returned to England in 1933, he offered Robert J. Barnett a partnership in his New Haven book business with the stipulation that it continued to be known as C. A. Stonehill Inc.

In the late 1930s Stonehill returned to the United States and opened a bookstore on Madison Avenue, New York. At the end of the war, he went back to England permanently.
(see Dickinson,
Dictionary of American Book Collectors, p. 7)

Suzannet, Comte Alain de

1882 – 1950

French-Swiss book collector (esp. Dickens), bibliophile, alpinist

Biarritz, France

Lausanne, Switzerland

Catalogue of Valuable Sporting & Other Books, Important Manuscripts, Autograph Letters and Printed Books, Forming Part of the Library of the Comte de Suzannet, Sotheby’s, London, 26-27 March 1934

Taylor, Robert H. [Hill]

1908 – 1985

bibliophile, writer

collector of Wilde and Wildeana, manuscripts, English literature

started his collection in the 1930s

president of the Grolier Club and the Bibliographical Society of America

Robert H. Taylor Collection, Princetown University

Taylor placed his library collection on deposit in the Princeton University Library in 1972, and bequeathed it to the library upon his death in 1985 

Teschenberg, Hermann Freiherr von

1866 – 1911

Austrian translator  

translator of Oscar Wilde’s works 

lived in Vienna, Berlin, London, et al.

Thomas, Abel Cary

1884 – 1945

collector of rare books and manuscripts

started as a reporter for the New York Tribune

member of the New York State Bar Association

secretary and general councel of Warner Brothers Pictures

New York, N.Y.

First Editions and Autograph Letters and Manuscripts – The Library of Abel Cary Thomas, New York City. Part I,  American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, New York, Jan. 14-15, 1936

Abel Cary Thomas Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

Tobin, Robert L. B.

1934 – 2000

art collector, philanthropist

San Antonio, Tex.

built one of the most important theater design collections in the US

served on the boards of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and the Santa Fe Opera

trustee of the Museum of Modern Arts, New York, N.Y.

president of the Spoleto Festival, Italy

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio

The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio 

Tomlinson, John C. [Canfield]

1856 -1927

lawyer

“Tomlinson, Herrick, Hoppin & Coats“ (law firm)

15 William St., New York, N.Y.

collector of Wildeana

private home: 45 West 57th St. and 15 East 92nd St.

A Portion of the Library of Mr. John C. Tomlinson of New York City, Library Sets From the Estate of Mrs. Lee McBride of Cleveland, Ohio, Etc., Anderson Galleries, New York, Dec. 6, 1921

The Library of the late John C. Tomlinson, New York City, Anderson Galleries, New York, Jan. 17-18, 1928

sold for a total of $54,341

representing the late George D. Smith

Tree, Herbert Beerbohm

1853 – 1917

actor and theatre manager

half-brother of Max Beerbohm

in 1887 he became manager of the Haymarket Theatre, London

in 1897 he moved to Her Majesty’s Theatre

in 1904 he founded what became the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

knighted in 1909

Modern First Editions, Presentation Copies, Autograph Letters and Literary Manuscripts (including The Property of the Trustees of Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree), Sotheby’s, London, 8-9 Dec. 1969

producer and actor (Lord Illingworth) of the first production of A Woman of No Importance

Tregaskis, James

1850 – 1926

book dealer, rare books, autographs, manuscripts 

first working in his wife’s bookshop (Mary Lee Tregaskis, ?1854 – 1900)

“The Caxton Head“ (J. & M. L. Tregaskis)

232 High Holborn, London

trading 1889-1939

from 1915, 66 Great Russell Street, London, W.C. 1

from the late 1920s: “James Tregaskis & Son“

founding member and fourth president of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA)

Vander Poel, Halsted B. [Billings] 

1911 – 2003

collector of rare books and scholarly archeological materials

Washington, DC 

moved to Rome in 1956, returned in 1998 to the United States

friend of Mary (Lady Eccles) and Donald Hyde

The Hasted B. Vander Poel Collection of English Literature, Christie’s, London, 3 March 2004

“His earliest acquisitions date back to the mid-1930’s. James F. Drake, Scribner’s, and the Rosenbach Corporation were among those who provided them …“
(Barker, p. 19) 

“The books and manuscripts Christie’s have for sale (March 3, 2004) were bought on both sides of the Atlantic, mainly  between 1934 and 1960. … the collection is little known to scholars. Many items have never been previously recorded, or have been untraced or unallocated since the 1930s or 1940s.

… the best Wilde items were relatively cheap at a few hundred dollars each in the early 1940s.“
(
Times Literary Supplement, 27 Feb. 2005, p. 16)

in the early 70s he donated his Dickens collection to the Harry Ransom Center

Vezin, Hermann

1829 – 1910

American born actor

“the best known teacher of acting in England“ (Herbert Beerbohm Tree was one of his students)

London début in 1852

Vezin was one of the recipients of Vera; or, The Nihilists (1880)
(see
Complete Letters, pp. 99-10)

Wallack, John Johnstone (Lester)

1820 – 1888

American actor, playright, actor-manager

manager of Wallack’s Theatre, Broadway 30th St., New York, N.Y.

Wallack was one of the recipients of Vera; or, The Nihilists (1882)
(see
Complete Letters, p. 183 and 183n)

Waller, Lewis [William Waller Lewis]

1860 – 1915

actor, producer, actor-manager

Theatre Royale, London

started his career in 1883

mounting a tour of A Woman of No Importance in Sept. and Oct. 1883, in which he played Lord Illingworth

manager and actor (Sir Robert Chiltern) of the first production of An Ideal Husband (Jan. 1895)

Ward, Geneviève

1838 – 1922

American-born actress, opera singer

made her English début in 1873 as Lady Macbeth at the Theatre Royal, Manchester, UK

Geneviève Ward was one of the recipients of Vera; or, The Nihilists (1880) [Bruce Ingram’s copy]
(see
Complete Letters, pp. 99-10)

Anne-Mie … opened at the Prince of Wales’s Theatre on 1 November 1880, with Geneviève Ward and Johnston Forbes-Robinson in the principal parts.“
(
Complete Letters, p. 103)

Wells, Gabriel [Weiss]

1862 – 1946

Hungarian-born antiquarian book dealer and collector, publisher

came to the United States in 1892

rooms at East 23rd St., New York, N.Y.

489 Fifth Ave. (opposite the New York Public Library)

after ten years he moved to 145 West 57th St.

had acquired 500 – 600 letters written by G. B. Shaw, Dec. 1928. Client: Henry C. Folger, 

competitor of Rosenbach

one of the richest booksellers of the world (see Towner, p. 311)

president of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) in 1930

Rare Books, First Editions, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, from the Estate of the late Gabriel Wells, catalogue no 1, Charles S. Boesen, New York, [1948]

Rare Books, First Editions, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters,  from the Estate of the late Gabriel Wells, catalogue no 2, Charles S. Boesen, New York, [May 1948]

Miscellaneous – Rare Books, First Editions, Autographs, from the Estate of the late Gabriel Wells, catalogue no. 3, Charles S. Boesen, New York, [1949]

Wells himself never issued a catalogue: “Let other dealers catalogue their books. I sell mine.“ (The New York Times, Nov. 7, 1946, p. 31)

he would buy up runs of subscription and limited edition books, rebind them and sell them to dealers

publisher of The Writings of Oscar Wilde, New York, 1925

Wells was active in the inter-war years in London and Europe buying up expensive books that could be sold to wealthy clients in the United States

until WW II Wells spent about five months a year in Europe

an active bidder on the New York and London markets

one of the most significant transactions of Wells’ career was his purchase of a Gutenberg Bible from Joseph Sabin, who had bought it at auction in 1920. … Wells opted to break up the Bible and sell the leaves individually

Widener, Harry Elkins

1885 – 1912

rare-book and manuscript collector 

Philadelphia, Pa.

Titanic victim

A Catalogue of the Books and Manuscripts of Harry Elkins Widener, pt. II,, A.S.W. Rosenbach, Philadelphia, 1918

in close contact with A.S.W. Rosenbach and Bernard Quaritch

Harry Elkins Widener Collection, Harvard University

at the time, Widener had the greatest Robert Louis Stevenson collection in existence

Willard, Edward Smith

1853 – 1915

actor,  producer

possessed a typewritten fragment of “A Florentine Tragedy“ which Wilde had submitted to him

Wolf II, Edwin

1911 – 1991

librarian, rare-book collector, bibliographer, scholar, author

employed by the Rosenbach Co. from 1930 to 1952

wrote and edited the firm’s printed catalogues

from 1955 until 1984 he was the Librarian at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Pa. (founded by Benjamin Franklin)

co-author with John F. Fleming, Rosenbach, A Biography,1960

in 1952 Wolf joined the Library Company of Philadelphia as a consultant and advisor, named Curator of the Library Company in 1953, named Librarian in 1955 (till 1984)

Wolf Brothers

private bankers

Wolf Bros. & Co.

founded in 1899

608 Chestnut St., Philadephia, Pa.

100 Broadway, New York, N.Y.

members of Philadelphia Stock Exchange, New York Stock Exchange, New York Coffee Exchange, and Chicago Board of Trade

Felix Isman’s extensive Wilde collection was deposited as collateral for loans with his bankers, Wolf Brothers, for a note of $10,000 ?[in 1909]. Their friend Abe Rosenbach knew  he could dispose of that, and did so a little later for $18,000 to John Stetson
(see Wolf and Fleming, p. 75)

Wood, Henry T. 

?

bookbinder

est. 1875

18-19 Rathbone Pl., Oxford St., London, W. 1

in 1939 the company merged with Sangorski & Sutcliffe

Henry Wood was also with Zaehnsdorf, working for him as a finisher for twelve years 

Wright & Jones [i.e. Alfred E. Cooper]

?

book dealer, publisher

from 1902-1904: 2 Ormond Row, Chelsea, London

1904-1909: 350 Fulham Rd., London, S.W.  

“Wilde, Oscar. Original Plaster Bust of Lady Wilde (“Speranza“); also tinted lithograph of the same, size 12 x 7 inches; both items were purchased at Wilde’s sale. Unique. $20..“
(
Publishers’ Weekly, June 9, 1906, p. 1647) [not listed in the Tite St. Catalogue of April 24, 1895]

produced several pirated editions of works of Oscar Wilde

Zaehnsdorf, Joseph

1816 – 1886

Austrian-Hungarian-born bookbinder

settling in London in 1837, employed by Westley & Co.

est. his own business in 1842

36 Catherine St., Strand, London, W.C. 

Zaehnsdorf Ltd.

succeeded by his son Joseph William Zaehnsdorf (1853 – 1930) who retired in 1920

succeeded by his son Ernest J. W. Zaehnsdorf who retired in 1957

144-146 Shaftesbury Ave., London, W.C. 2

“Zaehnsdorf was acquired by department store (with a rare book department) Asprey of London in 1983, who then merged it into their earlier bindery acquisition, Sangorski & Sutcliffe, but retained the Zaehnsdorf prestige identity and, the whole point of the acquisition, the Zaehnsdorf purpose-built factory to house both. In 1998, Shepherds Bindery in London bought the two famed binderies from Asprey; they retained the Sangorski & Sutcliffe brand but dropped the Zaehnsdorf name …“
(quoted in Gertz, Stephen J., “The Mark of Zaehnsdorf“, Nov. 2, 201, Booktryst, https://bit.ly/3LhZmK9)

Zeitlin [Jacob / Jake] & Ver Brugge [Josephine] 

1902 – 1987 

1915 – 2005

rare-book, manuscript and fine art dealer, publisher

opened his first bookshop in 1927

567 South Hope St., Los Angeles, Calif.

from 1929, 705 1/2 West Sixth St.

since the late 1920s, joined by Josephine Ver Brugge (d. 2005), his third wife (married in 1939)

“The Red Barn“ (opened in 1948)

815 North La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood

Zimbalist, Efrem Sr.

1889 – 1985

Russian-American composer, violinist

rare-book collector

First Editions of English and American Authors. Library of Efrem Zimbalist, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, Nov. 15-16, 1939 

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