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Elkin Mathews Ltd. mss., ca. 1919-1987

Summary Information

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

Creator
E. Mathews (Firm)

Title
Elkin Mathews Ltd. mss., ca. 1919-1987

Collection No.
LMC 2341

Extent
69,334 items.

Language
Materials are in English.

Abstract
The Elkin Mathews, Ltd. mss., ca. 1919-1987, consists of the correspondence and business papers of Elkin Mathews, firm, booksellers, as well as the personal papers of Percival Horace Muir, 1894-1979, bookseller and author.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Historical Note

Founded in 1885 by Charles Elkin Mathews, the business began in the Cathedral Close at Exeter but moved to London in 1887 when Elkin Mathews and John Lane went into partnership. Within a very few years publishing became the principle interest of the firm, now Elkin Mathews and John Lane Ltd., with retail sales of books, old and new, taking a secondary place. The two men parted company in 1894 and Mathews, although continuing to publish, returned to a greater concentration on bookselling. He died in 1922. A.W. Evans, ex-curate, ex-journalist, and himself a collector and customer of Elkin Mathews, acquired the business as a going concern from Mathews' widow. Percy Muir joined the firm, as a partner, in January 1930, becoming managing director in 1939. It was under his stewardship that the firm moved from London during the German blitz to Blakeney, Norfolk.

Muir was associated with the firm until his death in 1979. He was a founder and first president, 1945-1947, of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association and played a major role in the establishment of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), serving as its first president, 1948-1950, and subsequently as first Life President of Honor. The author of several bibliographies and books on book collecting, as well as an autobiography: Minding My Own Business (Chatto & Windus, 1956), he also made frequent contributions to Colophon, Library, and various bibliographical journals such as Bookman's Journal. He was also a founder and member of the editorial board of Book Collector.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Business - Financial; III. Business - General; IV. Personal.

Scope and Content Note

The Elkin Mathews, Ltd. mss., ca. 1919-1987, consists of the correspondence and business papers of Elkin Mathews, firm, booksellers, as well as the personal papers of Percival Horace Muir, 1894-1979, bookseller and author. The correspondence pertains to both the business dealings of Elkin Mathews, Ltd. and the personal life of Percy Muir. The business papers include cancelled checks, cash books, bank statements, customer sales receipts, share certificates, stock inventory, clippings and tear sheets, photographs, book reviews, writings, and a page proof for Ian Fleming's "Spying is Big Business in Britain" for The Sunday Times, ca. 1960.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired 1969.
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 permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
Elkin Mathews, Ltd. mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Series: Box 1 I. Correspondence

Arranged chronologically, followed by individual files for Charles Scribner's Sons, Ltd., Harold W. Edwards and Ian Fleming.


1927 - 1937, Apr. 11 

Box 2 1937, Apr. 12 - Sept. 

Box 3 1937, Oct. - 1938, Mar. 19 

Box 4 1938, Mar. 20 - Aug. 

Box 5 1938, Sept. - 1939, Mar. 9 

Box 6 1939, Mar. 10 - Sept. 

Box 7 1939, Oct. - 1940, Feb. 

Box 8 1940, Mar. - Oct. 

Box 9 1940, Nov. - 1941, May 

Box 10 1941, June - Nov. 19 

Box 11 1941, Nov. 20 - 1942, Apr. 

Box 12 1942, May - Oct. 

Box 13 1942, Nov. - 1943, Mar. 

Box 14 1943, Apr. - Aug. 

Box 15 1943, Sept. - 1944, Jan. 20 

Box 16 1944, Jan. 21 - June 

Box 17 1944, July - Dec. 

Box 18 1945 - 1947, May 

Box 19 1947, June - Oct. 

Box 20 1947, Nov. - 1948, Mar. 20 

Box 21 1948, Mar. 21 - Aug. 10 

Box 22 1948, Aug. 11 - Dec. 

Box 23 1949, Jan. - May 20 

Box 24 1949, May 21 - Oct. 

Box 25 1949, Nov. - 1950, Feb. 19 

Box 26 1950, Feb. 20 - Aug. 13 

Box 27 1950, Aug. 14 - Dec. 

Box 28 1951, Jan. - Apr. 

Box 29 1951, May - Nov. 

Box 30 1951, Dec. - 1952, Apr. 

Box 31 1952, May - Oct. 

Box 32 1952, Nov. - 1953, Mar. 

Box 33 1953, Apr. - Aug. 

Box 34 1953, Sept. - 1954, Feb. 20 

Box 35 1954, Feb. 21 - July 

Box 36 1954, Aug. - Nov. 

Box 37 1954, Dec. - 1955, Apr. 

Box 38 1955, May - Oct. 

Box 39 1955, Nov., - 1956, May 

Box 40 1956, June - Nov. 

Box 41 1956, Dec. - 1957, Apr. 

Box 42 1957, May - Nov. 

Box 43 1957, Dec. - 1958, June 

Box 44 1958, July - Dec. 

Box 45 1959 - 1984 

Charles Scribner's Sons, Ltd., 1937 - 1944

(12 folders)


Edwards, Harold W. Dec., 1939 - 1940

Fleming, Ian, 1935 - 1966

(3 folders)


Box 81: Oversize Fleming, Ian. Page proof for Fleming's "Spying is Big Business in Britain" for The Sunday Times, ca. 1960

Series: Box 46 II. Business - Financial

Arranged alphabetically by subject.


Box 46 Bank statements. 1936 - 1953

(6 folders)


Cancelled checks. 1944 - 1953

(14 folders)


Cash books. 1922 - 1935

(2 volumes)


Box 47 Cash books. 1932 - 1980

(9 volumes)

(see also: Box 80)


Commissions paid on sales

(2 volumes)


Counterfoils for checks

(see: Box 78)


Credit notes. 1936 - 1947

(4 folders)


Box 48 Customer sales records:

American. 1927 - 1940

(4 folders)


British. 1927 - 1973

(9 folders)


Foreign. 1937 - 1969

(6 folders)


Box 49 Customer sales records: Miscellaneous 1938 -1939

Foreign exchange statements. 1940 - 1952

(9 folders)


The Guild House. Sales, 1950

Invoices. 1935, May - 1945

Box 50 Invoices. 1949, May - 1956, Apr.

Monthly totals for 1928 - 1939. Also includes: Foreign purchases for 1948 - 1953 and New books on order for 1948

(1 volume)


Petty cash. 1938, Oct. - 1941, May

(1 volume)


Box 51 Petty cash. 1941, Nov. - 1979

(5 volumes)


Postage books. 1938 - 1954, Jan.

(3 volumes)


Purchases. 1933, Apr. - 1954, Oct.

(2 volumes)


Quarterly statements. 1932-1939. Includes accounts receivable for 1970

(1 volume)


Receipts. W.H. Smith & Son, Ltd., 1940-1957

Receipts. 1933 - 1934

Box 52 Receipts. 1934 (cont.) - 1936

Box 53 Receipts. 1936 (cont.) - 1937

Box 54 Receipts. 1937 (cont.) - 1939

Box 55 Receipts. 1939 (cont.) - 1942

Box 56 Receipts. 1942 (cont.) - 1947

Box 57 Receipts. 1947 (cont.) - 1949

Box 58 Receipts. 1949 (cont.) - 1952

Box 59 Receipts. 1952 (cont.) - 1955

Box 60 Receipts. 1955 (cont.) - 1968

Sales day registers. 1940, Mar. - 1951, Feb.

(2 volumes)


Sales day registers. 1951, Mar. - 1984, Apr.

(9 volumes)

Register for 1964 - 1965 includes purchases for Aug. 1973 - 1980; register for 1968 - 1969 includes various notes for 1985-1987; register for 1974, Aug. - 1978 includes purchases for 1980 - 1983 and employee wages, 1965 - 1970; register for 1983, May - 1984, Apr includes purchases and petty cash records for 1983 - 1984.


Sales ledgers (profits). 1934, Oct. - 1942, May

(2 volumes)


Share certificates

(see: Box 80)


Stock inventory. ca. 1936 - 1951

(2 volumes)

(see also: Box 80)


Tax papers. 1933 - 1955

(8 folders)


Miscellaneous pages from ledgers, etc.

Box 78 Counterfoils for checks

Box 80: Oversize Cash book. 1968, Aug. - 1979, July

(1 volume)


Share certificates. 1922 - 1932

(1 volume)


Stock inventory. 1951 - 1973

(1 volume)


Series: Box 62 III. Business - General

Arranged alphabetically by subject, followed by card files.


Addresses. Address books, changes of address cards, etc.

(5 folders)


Advertisements. Typescripts, page proofs for The Times Literary Supplement, tear sheets, etc. for catalogues and individual items offered by Elkin-Mathews, Ltd.

Appraisals. Ann MacDonald children's book collection, 1969; Arnold Bennett manuscripts, undated; Gerald E. Coke collections, 1936, 1938, 1947; Mary Webb Library, undated

(5 folders)


Books in parts. Notebook

Catalogues. Typescripts, page proofs, galleys for various Elkin Mathews, Ltd. catalogues, 1940s - 1950s

Counterfoils for post office deliveries

The Guild House. Application to display advertisement, drawings for signage, etc.

Import/Export. Lists of exported items, applications for licenses, related printed materials

Insurance. Policies, etc., 1919 - 1952

Legal. Mostly agreements concerning share holdings, partnerships, and personnel appointments. 1922 - 1956

Lists. Nos. 1-38. Mimeograph lists of secondhand books for sale from Stortford Bookshop Ltd., later Elkin Mathews, Ltd. No. 38 is incomplete. undated

Box 63 Lists - Miscellaneous. Elkin Mathews, Ltd. want lists or stock lists

Locations list. undated

Notes. Concerning individual items and collections

"Notes for the Guidance of Customers." 1954? 

(see: Box 78)


Paper. Orders for letterhead, labels, and order blanks; samples of paper;

Photographs. Advertising, catalog illustrations, etc.

Rationing. Mostly printed instructions concerning food and clothing rationing for employers

(9 folders)


Renovations. Specs and floor plans, 1948 - 1951

(3 folders)


Rental agreements. 1922 - 1933

(4 folders)


Want lists from various individuals and book dealers. Typescript and printed. 1934 - 1948

(8 folders)


Box 64 Want lists... (cont.). 1949 - 1954

(1 volume)


Printed. Mostly book dealer catalogues and advertisements

(4 folders)


Clippings and tear sheets

Miscellaneous

Card files. Arranged alphabetically by author, subject, "Sold" and miscellaneous:

Box 65 Authors: A - Colen

Box 66 Authors: Coleridge - Gq

Box 67 Authors: Gr - L

Box 68 Authors: M - Rothenstein

(13 folders)


Box 69 Authors: Rothenstein (cont.) - Whis

(3 folders)


Box 70 Authors: Whit - Z; miscellaneous authors; Subjects: Advertising - Arts & Crafts (A-D)

(4 folders)


Box 71 Subjects: Arts & Crafts (E-Z) - Catastrophes

Box 72 Subjects: Children - Fine Printing (A-O)

(2 folders)


Box 73 Subjects: Fine Printing (O-Z) - Jest

Box 74 Subjects: Language - Photography

Box 75 Subjects: Puzzles, games, etc. - Travel

Box 76 Subjects: Typography - Writing books; miscellaneous subjects

Box 77 "Sold"

Box 78 Miscellaneous

Series: Box 79 IV. Personal

Arranged alphabetically by subject.


Advertisements and order forms for books written by PM

Antiquarian Booksellers' Association. 1938 - 1956. Annual reports, programs, newsletters, minutes, etc.

Antiquarian Booksellers' Association. Training scheme, 1948-1949

The British Council, Books and Publishing Advisory Panel agenda. Oct. 31, 1952

Cash book. 1945 - 1947

National Book League. 1947 - 1952. Minutes, annual reports, etc.

Organizations, societies, etc. Announcements, minutes, etc.

Photographs: PM in BBC studio; two group photographs

(8 folders)


Royalty statement. 1948 For Book-Collecting as a Hobby

Share certificates (Nos. 7-9) for The Stortford Bookshop; "Summary of Share Capital and Shares of Elkin Matthews (sic)" - PM, William Greville Worthington and Ian Fleming named as directors

Takeley Welcome Home and War Memorial Fund Committee. Minutes of meetings, 1945-1947 and miscellaneous papers

Writings:

(2 folders)


A Book Collector's Group, [1949?]

Book Collecting (Part II). Contract only

Books from Abroad, undated

A Deathbed Repentance, Noblesse Oblige, the Count de Fumerol (play), undated

The Fifty Book of the Year, undated

The French Book Trade Exhibition, Mar. 1952

Goethe and the Book Collector, [1948?]

The History of Children's Books, Apr. 3, 1947

Impressions of the Dorchester Luncheon, June 1947

The International Conference at Copenhagen, the Social Side, 1947

Is There Money in Old Bibles? [1949?]

The John Gribbell Sale in New York, [1941?]

The Library of St. Clement Danes, June 18, 1942

The Man of Property, undated

The Modern Library at Watlington Park, undated

Mr. Carter Reports Progress, [1938]

The Newton Sale: Third and Final Section, undated

Notes on Sales, 1937 - 1944

A Personal Chapter, [1947]

Post-War German Printing, undated

The Price of Rare Books, [1944?]

Printing for the Blind: A Short History of Its Typography [1938]

Private Libraries: Dr. and Mrs. Philip Gosse, undated

Private Libraries: Mr. Boies Penrose, undated

(4 folders)


Private Libraries: Mr. Gerald Coke, undated

Private Libraries: Mr. Maurice Buxton Forman, undated

Private Libraries: Mr. Roland Knaster, undated

Private Libraries: Professor A. Wolfe, undated

Private Libraries: The Rev. Canon R. B. Fellows, undated

Private Libraries: Sir Ambrose Heal, undated

Rare Book Notes, undated

Robert John Thornton and His Temple of Flora, May 21, 1947

Rousseau's Emile, [1947?]

The Simplicity of Book Collecting, [1938?]

What Is a First Edition (with O. E. Deutsch), undated

Writings: book reviews; lectures/speeches; untitled and fragments

Writings by others

Miscellaneous