Preliminary Guide to the James J. Guthrie - Pear Tree Press Collection

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Preliminary Guide to the James J. Guthrie - Pear Tree Press Collection, ca. 1901-1952, 1971

Collection number: Printers Mss 11

Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara

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  • Department of Special Collections
  • Davidson Library
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: (805) 893-3062
  • Fax: (805) 893-5749
  • Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
    Processed by:
    Preliminary arrangement and description by D. Tambo
    Date Completed:
    15 October 2003
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    David C. Gartrell
© 2003 Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: James J. Guthrie - Pear Tree Press Collection,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1901-1952, 1971
Collection Number: Printers Mss 11
Extent: .8 linear feet (2 document boxes)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Physical Location: Del Sur
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

James J. Guthrie - Pear Tree Press Collection. Printers Mss 11. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Bulk of collection purchased in 1968, with subsequent purchases to ca. 1988.

Biography

James J. Guthrie (1874-1952), a Scotsman who moved to London as a child, was the founder of Pear Tree Press, which began in 1899, at a time when Guthrie was living at Pear Tree Cottage in Ingrave, Essex, England. Guthrie moved the press to Shorne in Kent, then Harting in Sussex, before settling at Flansham, near Bognor Regis, Sussex in 1907. An artist, typographer, and printer, Guthrie throughout his life was particularly interested in intaglio printing. Two of his favorite pursuits were wood engraving and book plate design. The first book issued by his Pear Tree Press was Some Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, with drawing by Guthrie, 1901 and the last, 50 years later, seems to have been his work From a Sussex Village, printed at the Mermaid Press in Flansham in 1951 as a contribution to the Festival of Britain.
Further information on Guthrie and the Pear Tree Press may be found in:
Dugan, Frances l. S. "The Press of an Artist," Sonderabdruck aus dem Gutenberg-Harbuch, 1953. Eckert, Robert P., Jr. "James Guthrie and the Pear Tree Press," The American Book Collector, 13 (1963): 13-33. Ransom, Will. Private Presses and Their Books (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1929), pp.88-91.

Scope and Content of Collection

The James J. Guthrie - Pear Tree Press Collection was purchased in conjunction with the UCSB Libraries 500,000th volume celebration in 1968. It contains the collection of manuscripts, as well as a number of printed items that have been cataloged individually and may be searched in Pegasus, the UCSB Libraries online catalog. The cataloged items primarily are monographs, but also include a few issues of serials printed by Pear Tree, some prospectuses, announcements, publication lists, and proof sheets.
The manuscripts are arranged in the following series: General, Correspondence, Publications of the Pear Tree Press and James J. Guthrie, and Miscellany.

Collection Contents

 

Series 1.  General

Scope and Content Note

Material about Guthrie and Pear Tree Press, such as an unfinished bibliography by Michael Travers, and writing by Guthrie, namely a typescript copy of his "Transition in Printing." Also, drawings and other material relating to Guthrie family members.
Box 1: 1 - 5

Guthrie Family

Box 1: 1

Guthrie, John F. - Drawing, proofs, and prints, ca. 1920s

Box 1: 2

Guthrie, Robert - Drawings, ca. 1916

Box 1: 3

Guthrie, Robin - Catalog of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and drawing, n.d.

Box 1: 4

Guthrie, Stuart, ca. 1910s-1930s

Abstract: [Includes "Blue Bottle," manuscript, with illustrations, done as a child, ca. WWI era; prospectus for An Anthology: Extracts from Letters written by Miss May Chesshire; and The Piper's Fancy]
Box 1: 5

Obits, 1971

Abstract: [Robin and Alexander Guthrie]
Box 1: 6

Travers, Michael - Bibliography of James J. Guthrie and the Pear Tree Pres, ca. 1946

Abstract: [Unfinished manuscript]
Box 1: 7

University of Kentucky Libraries - offprints of articles and correspondence by Guthrie, 1952

Box 1: 8

Writings about Guthrie and Pear Tree Press

Box 1: 9

"Modern Hand Printing," Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 5, [193?]

Box 1: 9 - 11

Writings by Guthrie

Box 1: 10

"Transition in Printing", n.d.

Abstract: [Typescript, with holographic corrections]
Box 1: 11

"The Woodcut in the Book Arts," Woodcut Annual for 1925, ed. By Alfred Fowler, 1925

Abstract: [Photocopy]
 

Series 2.  Correspondence

Scope and Content Note

Mainly press-related items to and from Guthrie. Correspondents include John Freeman, Reginald Hallward, Reginald H. Leon, and Michael Travers.
Box 1: 12 - 19

Guthrie, James J.

Box 1: 12

To John Freeman - 24 ALS, ca. 1917

Abstract: [Many undated]
Box 1: 13

To Reginald Hallward - 14 ALS, ca. 1905 - 1912

Abstract: [Some undated]
Box 1: 14

From Reginald H. Leon - 2 TL, 1922

Abstract: [Carbons]
Box 1: 15

To Reginald H. Leon - 28 ALS, 1922 - 1924

Box 1: 16

To [?] Richards - 1 TLS, 1945

Box 1: 17

To Michael Travers - 61 ALS and TLS, ca. 1945 - 1949

Abstract: [Includes observations on William Blake, William Morris, Kelmscott Press, Golden Cockerel Press, and others]
Box 1: 18

From [?] v. Rossem - 1 ALS, 1948

Box 1: 19

To Unknown - 1 ALS, 1937

Box 1: 20

Guthrie, Mrs. Marion

Box 1: 20

To Mrs. Michael Travers - 4 ALS, n.d.

Box 1: 21

Siberell, Lloyd, 1946 - 1949

Abstract: [1 TLS to Guthrie, 1946, otherwise mainly correspondence from Lawrence de Coteau, along with article by Coteau on Guthrie, and samples of stationery printed by Guthrie]
 

Series 3.  Publications of the Pear Tree Press and James J. Guthrie

Scope and Content Note

Mainly proofs, prospectuses, and announcements, including a number of items relating to the Pear Tree Press edition of William Blake's Songs of Innocence.
Box 1: 22

"Amid that small sweet avalanche", n.d.

Abstract: [Proof - poem]
Box 1: 23

"Announcement of the Hand Press Newly Set Up at the Pear Tree Press", ca. 1923 - 1924

Abstract: [Notes the acquisition of the hand press upon which William Morris printed the Kelmscott Chaucer]
Box 1: 24

"An Announcement Regarding Certain Hand-Printed Books", [1930]

Abstract: [Refers to Frescoes, from Buried Temples and Last Designs for Bookplates; notes Morris press now in America]
Box 1: 25

"The Bird-Scarer", n.d.

Abstract: [Proof - poem]
Box 1: 26 - 29

Blake, William - Songs of Innocence

Box 1: 26

Prospectus "Announcing the Felpham Edition of Songs of Innocence by William Blake" and 3 variant proofs of the colophon page, 1937

Box 1: 27

Proofs, 1939

Abstract: [2 pulls, including colophon]
Box 1: 28

Plates, n.d.

Box 1: 29

Making of Songs , n.d.

Abstract: [Photocopies of two leaves, author unknown]
Box 1: 30

Books and the Art of Making Them, ca. 1932

Abstract: [Monthly bulletin of the Pear Tree Press and the Cock Robin Press, 5 issues]
Box 1: 31

Bottomley, Gordon - Riding to Lithend, [1909]

Abstract: [Proof]
Box 1: 32

Christmas cards, ca. 1930s-1940s

Abstract: [Some proofs]
Box 2: 1

Collins, William - Ode to Evening, 1937

Abstract: [Prospectus, plates, and proofs]
Box 2: 2

The Elf, ca. 1902 - 1903

Abstract: [Announcement]
Box 2: 3

Green Pastures Series - John Freeman, General Editor, n.d.

Abstract: [Prospectus]
Box 2: 4

"Art of the Hand Press", n.d.

Abstract: [Typescript]
Box 2: 4 - 22

Guthrie, James J.

Box 2: 5

Book Plates, Volume 2 of the Series, n.d.

Abstract: [Proof of t.p. only; published?]
Box 2: 6

Book-Plates, [ca. 1907-1918]

Abstract: [By James Guthrie and Daniel Phaer, Phaer being a pseudonym of Guthrie; trial proof of t.p.]
Box 2: 7

"Bookplates", n.d.

Abstract: [pp. 77-79 only]
Box 2: 8

Bookplates, n.d.

Abstract: [Designs for Walter de la Mare and others]
Box 2: 9

A Child's Good Day, [1908]

Abstract: [Proofs]
Box 2: 10

Frescoes from Buried Temples: A Portfolio of Drawings, with Poems by Gordon Bottomley, [1930]

Abstract: [Prospectus, manuscripts of 6 poems by Bottomley, and 6 proofs of prints]
Box 2: 11

Intaglio Bookplates, 1922

Abstract: [Prospectus]
Box 2: 12

Last Bookplates, [1929]

Abstract: [Prospectus]
Box 2: 13

My House in the World: Essays in Quiet, [1918]

Box 2: 14

New Intaglio Bookplates, [1934]

Abstract: [Proofs of t.p.]
Box 2: 15

New Plate-Book, [1929]

Abstract: [Proof of t.p.]
Box 2: 16

Proofs of Prints - 14 items, n.d.

Abstract: [("The Haunted Palace" [2 copies], "The Mourners," "To the Lake" [2 copies], "The Genius of Poe," "The City in the Sea" [2 copies], "The Bill Sings to Rannveig" [2 copies], "Dreamland," "The Little Bird" [2 copies], and "Night's Plutonium Shore"]
Box 2: 17

Proofs of Prints - 5 items, n.d.

Abstract: ["Echo," "Castle Wonderful," "Illustrations to Poems by Edgar Allen Poe: No. 1: "To Helen"," "A Landscape," "Rain Clouds"]
Box 2: 18

Proofs of Prints - 11 items, n.d.

Abstract: [Untitled]
Box 2: 19

The Proportional System of Composition , [1924]

Abstract: [Proofs and duplicate copy]
Box 2: 20

"Those Pinafore Girls", n.d.

Abstract: [Broadside poem]
Box 2: 21

Twenty-One Poems, 1934

Abstract: [Proofs]
Box 2: 22

The Wild Garden: Verses for Children, [1924]

Abstract: [Proofs]
Box 2: 23

The Book-Cratsman: A Review of Fine Printing, Bookplates, Poetry, etc, edited by Stuart Guthrie., 1919

Abstract: [Proof]
Box 2: 23 - 24

Guthrie, Stuart

Box 2: 24

A Chapbook for Little Chaps, [1920]

Abstract: [Prospectus]
Box 2: 25

"Infant Joy", n.d.

Abstract: [Proof - poem]
Box 2: 26

"The Little Green Tree", n.d.

Abstract: [Proof - poem]
Box 2: 27

Modern Printing in Ancient Chichester (announcement), Cock Robin Printers, n.d.

Box 2: 28

"Mr. Michael Travers, Consulting Ophthalmic Optician", n.d.

Abstract: [Announcement]
Box 2: 29

"Not the full-throated choir of May", n.d.

Abstract: [Proof - poem]
Box 2: 30

Of Joy, n.d.

Abstract: [Proof]
Box 2: 31

Pear Tree Press Publications, ca. 1935 - 1938

Abstract: [Lists and announcements]
Box 2: 32

Root and Branch , [1912-1926]

Abstract: [Proofs and linoleum block]
Box 2: 33

Some Poems of Edgar Allen Poe, [1901], 1908

Abstract: [Announcement and proof of t.p.), [1901], 1908]
Box 2: 34

Strode, William - Four Poems, 1934

Abstract: [Proofs]
Box 2: 35

The Friend of the Blackbird, ca. 1938

Abstract: [Original calligraphic manuscript by Helen Hinckley, proofs, and prospectii]
Box 2: 35 - 36

Thomas, Edward [Eastaway, Edward]

Box 2: 36

Six Poems, [1916]

Abstract: [Proof of title only]
Box 2: 37

"To Mother", n.d.

Abstract: [Proof - poem]
Box 2: 38

"To See a World in a Grain of Sand", n.d.

Abstract: [Proof - poem]
Box 2: 39

Waller, Pickford - [ Pickford Waller Designs], 1916

Abstract: [Proofs]
 

Series 4.  Miscellany

Scope and Content Note

Includes a photograph, presumably of Guthrie, at his press around 1903-1904. Also, material on Cock Robin Press and Silver Unicorn Press, as well as a number of unidentified original drawings and proofs.
Box 2: 40

Cock Robin Press, n.d.

Abstract: [Prospectus and order form]
Box 2: 41

Greenleaf Press, n.d.

Abstract: [Announcement]
Box 2: 42 - 43

Original drawings, n.d.

Box 2: 44

Pear Tree Press, n.d.

Abstract: [Miscellaneous printed sheets]
Box 2: 45

Photograph (print) of [Guthrie?] at his press, [1903-1904]

Box 2: 46

Proofs (unidentified), n.d.

Box 2: 47

"Rough Idea for Folio", ca. 1929

Box 2: 48

Rough Inventory of Materials, Pear Tree Press, n.d.

Abstract: [List]
Box 2: 49

Silver Unicorn Press, ca. 1930s

Abstract: [Prospectuses and specimen page]
Box 2: 50

United Arts Circle of Bognor Regis, 1906

Abstract: [Flyer]