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HOGARTH PRESS: THE SERIES

Among the most significant contributions of the Hogarth Press were the series of attractive, affordable pamphlets by well-known figures of the day. The works in each series were specifically commissioned or selected. The range of topics was varied, but characteristic of the scope of interests and activities of the Press's owners: literature and literary criticism, original poetry, art and aesthetics, biography, sociology, politics, and economics. Some of the individual titles from the various series became best-selling and important works, such as F.L. Lucas's Tragedy in Relation to Aristotle's Poetics (Lectures on Literature, 1927), Maurice Dobb's Russia Today and Tomorrow (Day to Day Pamphlets, 1930), Benito Mussolini's The Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism (Day to Day Pamphlets, 1933), and New Signatures, edited by Michael Roberts (Hogarth Living Poets, 1932). Although some series were more popular than others, the lists constitute a record of contemporary thought and issues and include Virginia Woolf's important critical work, Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown (The Hogarth Essays, 1924), Gertrude Stein's Composition as Explanation (The Hogarth Essays, 1926), C. Day Lewis's Transitional Poem (Hogarth Living Poets, 1929), John Lehmann's first book, A Garden Revisited (Hogarth Living Poets, 1931), Louis Golding's A Letter to Adolf Hitler (The Hogarth Letters, 1932), and many others.

The Special Collections Department holdings of titles in the Hogarth series are strong, making it possible to study individual titles within series or the series as a whole. For example, the collection contains all titles from The Hogarth Essays (thirty-five) and The Hogarth Letters (twelve). In addition, the collection holds all twenty-four titles of the first series of the Hogarth Living Poets and three of the five titles in the second series, all but two of the sixteen titles in The Hogarth Lectures on Literature, all but one of the eight Merttens Lectures on War and Peace, and thirty-two of the forty Day to Day Pamphlets.


THE HOGARTH ESSAYS

Covers designed by Vanessa Bell

The Hogarth Essays represents the Woolf's initial venture into series publishing. The Hogarth Essays, First Series, 1924-1926, contained nineteen titles. This was followed by a Second Series, 1926-1928, with sixteen titles. A Third Series, published in 1947, contained only one title. Special Collections' holdings in the First and Second Series are complete. The Essays deal chiefly with literature and literary criticism, with an occasional number on aesthetics or politics.

VIRGINIA WOOLF.
Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown. 1924.
The Hogarth Essays, First Series, No. 1.

THEODORA BOSANQUET.
Henry James at Work. 1924.
The only book from any of the Hogarth series to be handprinted by the Woolfs.
The Hogarth Essays, First Series, No. 3.

Homage to John Dryden T. S. ELIOT.
Homage to John Dryden. 1924.
The Hogarth Essays, First Series, No. 4.

GERTRUDE STEIN.
Composition as Explanation. 1926.
The Hogarth Essays, Second Series, No. 1.

LEONARD WOOLF.
Hunting the Highbrow. 1927.
The Hogarth Essays, Second Series, No 5.


THE HOGARTH LECTURES ON LITERATURE

Edited by Leonard Woolf and George Rylands
The Hogarth Lectures on Literature, First Series, 1927-1931, contains fifteen titles; Second Series, 1934, contains only one. There was also a third series, edited by George Rylands, in 1951. Special Collections holds all but one of The Hogarth Lectures on Literature, First Series.

Tragedy in Relation to Aristotle's Poetics. F. L. LUCAS.
Tragedy in Relation to Aristotle's "Poetics." 1927.
The Hogarth Lectures on Literature, First Series, No. 2.

HERBERT READ.
Phases of English Poetry. 1928.
The Hogarth Lectures on Literature, First Series, No. 7.

ROSE MACAULAY.
Some Religious Elements in English Literature. 1931.
The Hogarth Lectures on Literature, First Series, No. 14.


MERTTENS LECTURES ON WAR AND PEACE

The Merttens Lectures, founded in 1926 by Frederick Merttens, were to be delivered annually and published in book form. The Hogarth Press published eight of the Lectures from 1927 to 1936 (Lectures for 1932 and 1933 were not published). Special Collections holds all but one title from the Merttens Lectures on War and Peace.

Justice Among Nations HORACE G. ALEXANDER.
Justice Among Nations. 1927.
First Merttens Lectures on War and Peace.

JOHN S. STEPHENS.
Danger Zones of Europe. 1929.
Third Merttens Lectures on War and Peace.

CHARLES RODEN BUXTON.
The Race Problem in Africa. 1931.
Merttens Lectures on War and Peace, 1931.


HOGARTH LIVING POETS

Edited by Dorothy Wellesley
The Hogarth Living Poets, First Series, 1928-1932, twenty-four volumes; Second Series, 1933-1937, five volumes, differ from the Press's other series in that they are collections of original poems rather than essays or discussions. Special Collections holds all but one title from the First Series and three of the five books from the Second Series. Covers for numbers 1 to 8 of the First Series were designed by Vanessa Bell. Beginning with number 9 the covers used the wolf's head insignia which Bell also designed. Covers for the Second Series were designed by John Banting. The stylized wolf's head insignia used on the title pages of the Second Series was designed by E. McKnight Kauffer.

DOROTHY WELLESLEY.
Matrix. 1928.
500 copies printed.
The Hogarth Living Poets, First Series, No. 3.

C. DAY LEWIS.
Transitional Poem. 1929.
400 copies printed.
The Hogarth Living Poets, First Series, No. 9.

JOHN LEHMANN.
A Garden Revisited and Other Poems. 1931.
Lehmann's first book. 400 copies printed.
The Hogarth Living Poets, First Series, No. 21.

MICHAEL ROBERTS (ed.).
New Signatures. 1932. Second impression; 750 copies printed.
The Hogarth Living Poets, First Series, No. 24.

C. DAY LEWIS.
The Magnetic Mountain. 1933.
First trade edition; 500 copies printed.
The Hogarth Living Poets, Second Series, No. 1.

JOHN LEHMANN.
The Noise of History. 1934.
First limited edition. Number 9 of 75 copies signed by the author. The Hogarth Living Poets, Second Series, No. 2.

Beelzebub and Other Poems R. C. TREVELYAN.
Beelzebub and Other Poems. 1935.
400 copies printed.
The Hogarth Living Poets, Second Series, No. 3.


DAY TO DAY PAMPHLETS

The Day to Day Pamphlets, 1930-1939, is a series dealing with contemporary social, political, and economic issues. Readers were presented brief views that were intended to inform, provoke thought, and challenge opinion. It was for this series that the Press device of a stylized wolf head was designed by E. McKnight Kauffer. Special Collections holds thirty-two of the forty titles in the Day to Day Pamphlet series.

Russia Today and Tomorrow MAURICE DOBB.
Russia Today and Tomorrow. 1930.
Day to Day Pamphlet No. 1.

BENITO MUSSOLINI.
The Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism. 1933.
Translated by Jane Soames. Second impression.
Day to Day Pamphlet No. 18.

H. G. WELLS.
The Idea of a World Encyclopaedia. 1936.
Day to Day Pamphlet No. 35.


THE HOGARTH LETTERS

Covers designed by John Banting

Published between 1931 and 1933, The Hogarth Letters were the least popular of the Hogarth series, yet they contain some very lively and convincing statements by well-known writers of the time. The Letters were little essays written in epistolary form on a variety of topics ranging from literature to politics. Special Collections holds all twelve titles published.

E. M. FORSTER.
A Letter to Madan Blanchard. 1931.
The Hogarth Letters No. 1.

VIRGINIA WOOLF.
A Letter to a Young Poet. 1932.
The Hogarth Letters No. 8.

LOUIS GOLDING.
A Letter to Adolf Hitler. 1932.
The Hogarth Letters No. 11.

A Letter to a Grandfather REBECCA WEST.
A Letter to a Grandfather. 1933.
The last volume to be published in this series, despite the low number. The Hogarth Letters No. 7.


WORLD-MAKERS AND WORLD-SHAKERS

Dust jackets designed by John Banting

World-Makers and World-Shakers, 1937, is a series of short biographies dealing with Socrates, Joan of Arc, Darwin, and Mazzini, Garibaldi and Cavour. Only four titles were issued and all are in Special Collections.

V. SACKVILLE-WEST.
Joan of Arc. 1937.

Darwin L. B. PEKIN.
Darwin. 1937.

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