Harrison of Paris records
Scope and Contents
The records are housed in 3 boxes and are organized into three series: I. Publications; II. Correspondence; and III. Other Material. Box 9 contains oversize material from Series III.
Series I, Publications , contains 1930s period material relating to eight publications. Most titles are represented by sketches of title pages, specimen pages and prospectuses. The most complete records are for Death of Madame (the text of Monroe Wheeler's translation) and A Typographical Commonplace Book (a set of proof page variants with original texts). Other titles are represented by later records attesting to their reprinting, including an unauthorized copy of Venus and Adonis.
Also present are preparatory materials for two volumes which were never completed by the press (or at least publicly presented): "For My Father", a memoir by Barbara Harrison Wescott and an unidentified book of aphorisms which may have been intended as a second commonplace book.
Series II, Correspondence , contains mostly letters from printers about agreements and the status of projects. There are also letters from Maurice Barraud, who illustrated Carmen and Letters from Spain. The series concludes with a group of general financial and legal correspondence concerning the dissolution of the company and a group of bills for typesetting, printing, and binding. [Related correspondence can be found in the Monroe Wheeler Papers (YCAL MSS 136)]
Series III, Other Material , consists principally of items from the workings of the press itself (advertisements, catalogs, clippings and scrapbooks) and subsequent documentation of the history of the press (auction and booksellers' catalogs and exhibition material). Among the other items here are a setting copy of an invitation to an exhibition of photographs by George Platt Lynes, a typescript of a poem by Elizabeth Madox Roberts, and two copies of the 1932 Harrison of Paris catalog with ink sketches by an unidentified artist.
- 1930 - 1979
- Majority of material found within 1930 - 1934
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
2.05 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Language of Materials
HARRISON OF PARIS
In 1934, shortly before the marriage of Barbara Harrison to Glenway Wescott's younger brother, Lloyd, the press was relocated to New York, where it brought out a final title, Katherine Anne Porter's Hacienda.
Though the production stopped in 1934, Harrison of Paris continued to influence other fine presses which followed its style. A complete listing of its output follows: 1930 Venus and Adonis by William Shakespeare The Wild West by Bret Harte, with illustrations by Pierre Falké A Sketch of my Life by Thomas Mann The Babe's Bed by Glenway Wescott 1931 Fables of Aesop translated by Sir Roger L'Estrange, with illustrations by Alexander Calder Carmen and Letters from Spain by Prosper Merimée, with illustrations by Maurice Barraud The Death of Madame by the Comtesse de Lafayette, translated by Monroe Wheeler A Gentle Spirit by Fyodor Dostoevsky, translated by C. Garnett, with illustrations by Christian Bérard Childe Harolde's Pilgrimage by Lord Byron, with illustrations by Sir Francis Rose A Calendar of Saints for Unbelievers by Glenway Wescott, with illustrations by Pavel Tchelitchew 1932 A Typographical Commonplace Book 1933 Katherine Anne Porter's French Song-Book 1934 Hacienda by Katherine Anne Porter, 1934
- Guide to the Harrison of Paris Records
- Under Revision
- by Timothy G. Young
- January 2001
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- Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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