Special Collections Department
HOGARTH PRESS: THE SERIES
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.
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.
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.
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.
JOHN S. STEPHENS.
CHARLES RODEN BUXTON.
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.
C. DAY LEWIS.
MICHAEL ROBERTS (ed.).
C. DAY LEWIS.
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.
H. G. WELLS.
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.
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.
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