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Harrison of Paris records

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 148

Scope and Contents

The Harrison of Paris records document the output of the short-lived fine press and include drafts of texts, setting copy, correspondence, advertisements, catalogs, and clippings. The material covers the years 1930-1979, with the bulk of items dating from the period the press was active, 1930-34. The records described here were culled from the papers of Monroe Wheeler, co-founder of the press. These are presumed to be the most complete group of records with direct provenance from the original press.

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.

Dates

  • 1930 - 1979
  • Majority of material found within 1930 - 1934

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Harrison of Paris Records are the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received with the Glenway Wescott Papers and the Monroe Wheeler Papers, purchase from Monroe Wheeler, 1988, with later purchase and gift from Anatole Pohorilenko, 1998.

Associated Materials

Other manuscript materials relating to writings by Glenway Wescott published by Harrison of Paris can be found in the Glenway Wescott Papers [YCAL MSS 134].

Extent

2.05 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.hop

Overview

The Harrison of Paris records document the output of the short-lived fine press and include drafts of texts, setting copy, correspondence, advertisements, catalogs, and clippings. The records described here were culled from the papers of Monroe Wheeler, co-founder of the press. These are presumed to be the most complete group of records with direct provenance from the original press.

HARRISON OF PARIS

Harrison of Paris was a fine press run by Barbara Harrison [later Wescott] and Monroe Wheeler. Established in Paris in 1930, it took as its goal the production of limited editions of belle-lettres texts, principally contemporary. (Monroe Wheeler had previously done very small editions in the 1920s, under the imprint "Manikin".) Over five years, the press produced 13 titles, including two by Glenway Wescott.

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
Title
Guide to the Harrison of Paris Records
Status
Under Revision
Author
by Timothy G. Young
Date
January 2001
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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