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Tuer mss., 1879-1918

Letters, 1879-1918, of Andrew White Tuer at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Summary Information

Repository
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143
Email: liblilly@indiana.edu
http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly

Creator
Tuer, Andrew White, 1838-1900

Extent
140 items

Title
Tuer mss., 1879-1918 

Collection No.
LMC 2232

Extent
140 items

Language
Materials are in English

Abstract
Consists of letters from various authors, illustrators, painters, friends and colleagues to Andrew White Tuer, 1838-1900, and his wife, Thomasine Louisa Louttit Tuer, dealing chiefly with Field and Tuer and Leadenhall Press publications. Correspondents in the collection include Sir Walter Besant, Paul Blouët (Max O'Rell), Walter Crane, Joseph Crawhall, Sir Frank Dicksee, Robinson Duckworth, John Galsworthy, Jerome K. Jerome, Charles Samuel Keene, Joseph Knight, Andrew Lang, John Leighton, Norman MacColl, Alice Meynell, Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie, Harry Quilter, Sir John Richard Robinson, John Ruskin, Edward Linley Sambourne, and Sir Owen Seaman. Topics of discussion, in addition to specific publications, include antiquarian books, engravings, and engraving techniques, and activities of other artists and writers. Several of the letters, particularly those of Joseph Crawhall, enclose woodblock prints, pen and ink drawings, and delicate engravings.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Publisher. Tuer went to London in 1856 with the idea of becoming a doctor but was soon dissuaded of that profession and turned to a merchant's office. About 1862 he set up as a wholesale stationer and was joined the following year by Abraham Field, thus establishing the firm of Field and Tuer. They published their first book in the 1870s with Tuer as author as well as publisher. Thereafter the firm became known for its illustrated books and particularly for reprints of old children's books. A year after Field's death in 1891, Tuer formed a limited company, owning most of the shares himself, and the imprint of Field and Tuer was changed to that of The Leadenhall Press.

Arrangement

Letters are arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

The Tuer mss., 1879-1918, consist of letters from various authors, illustrators, painters, friends and colleagues to publisher Andrew White Tuer, 1838-1900, and his wife, Thomasine Louisa (Louttit), dealing chiefly with Field and Tuer and Leadenhall Press publications.

Correspondents in the collection include Sir Walter Besant, Paul Blouët (Max O'Rell), Walter Crane, Joseph Crawhall, Sir Frank Dicksee, Robinson Duckworth, John Galsworthy, Jerome Klapka Jerome, Charles Samuel Keene, Joseph Knight, Andrew Lang, John Leighton, Norman MacColl, Alice Christiana (Thompson) Meynell, Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie, Harry Quilter, Sir John Richard Robinson, John Ruskin, Edward Linley Sambourne, and Sir Owen Seaman. Topics of discussion, in addition to specific publications, include antiquarian books, engravings and engraving techniques, and activities of other artists and writers. Several of the letters, particularly those of Joseph Crawhall, enclose woodblock prints, pen and ink drawings, and delicate engravings.

Also present in the collection is a pencil drawing of two children sitting on a rock watching a boat sail into the sunset ("The End"), initialed L.L. but otherwise unidentified, and an offprint of J.P.T. Bury's article on Tuer and his publishing ventures from The Book Collector, Summer 1987.

  • Indexing Terms

  • The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the catalog using these terms.

    • Names
    • Leadenhall Press.
    • Field & Tuer.
    • Tuer, Andrew White, 1838-1900 --Correspondence.
    • O'Rell, Max, 1848-1903.
    • Tuer, Thomasine Louisa, d. 1926.
    • Besant, Walter, Sir, 1836-1901.
    • Crane, Walter, 1845-1915.
    • Crawhall, Joseph, 1821-1896.
    • Galsworthy, John, 1867-1933.
    • Jerome, Jerome K. (Jerome Klapka), 1859-1927.
    • Keene, Charles, 1823-1891.
    • Knight, Joseph, 1829-1907.
    • Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912.
    • Leighton, John.
    • Meynell, Alice Christiana Thompson, 1847-1922.
    • Petrie, W. M. Flinders (William Matthew Flinders), Sir, 1853-1942.
    • Quilter, Harry, 1851-1907.
    • Ruskin, John, 1819-1900.
    • Seaman, Owen, Sir, 1861-1936.
    • Robinson, John R. (John Richard), Sir, 1828-1903.
    • Topics
    • Publishers and publishing --England --Correspondence.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Purchase, 1994
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with the permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library

Preferred Citation
[Item], Tuer mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.