Special Collections Department
Letters from Calligraphers
to Sidney Feinberg
and George Grady
Manuscript Collection Number: 338
Accessioned: Purchase, 1997.
Extent: .3 ft. (59 items).
Content: Letters, layout pages, pamphlets, booklets, and stationery.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: March 1997 by Anita A. Wellner.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
While stationed in England during World War II, American book designer and calligrapher Sidney Feinberg began his interest in calligraphy. Several of the letters in this collection are responses from noted American or British calligraphers to Feinberg's inquiries about their work and how he might develop his calligraphic skills. Feinberg's interest in and practice of calligraphy became a life-long avocation.
Following the war, Feinberg lived in New York and worked as a book designer for American Book-Knickerbocker Press which later became American Book-Stratford Press. An example of his work is the cover design for Jack Dann's anthology of Jewish fantasy and science fiction, Wandering Stars (1974).
George Grady founded the George Grady Press, a New York City firm which was noted for private and fine printing. Books which were printed by Grady are Geoffrey Hellman's Motor-Car Touring Society of the City of New York, 1907-1919 (1941), the Grolier Club's The Engraved and Typographic Work of Rudolf Ruzicka (1948), George Zabriskie's The Story of a Priceless Art Treasure: the Original Water Colors of John James Audubon (1950), the Metropolitan Museum of Art's French Painting from David to Toulouse-Lautrec...(1941), and Charles Joaquin Quirk's Sculptured in Miniature (1956).
Sources:Tebbel, John. A History of Book Publishing in the United States: Volume IV The Great Change, 1940-1980. New York: R. R. Bowker Company, 1981. pp.454-461.
Note: Biographical information was also derived from the collection.
Scope and Content Note
Among the correspondence to Feinberg are original Christmas cards created, and in some cases printed, by the sender. Christmas greetings from calligraphers Lili Cassel-Wronker, Tony La Russa, James and Ruth McCrea, Oscar Ogg, and George Salter demonstrate their designs and calligraphy. Other letters to Feinberg respond to his inquiries about calligraphy, bear personal greetings, discuss illuminating manuscripts in gold, compliment Feinberg's book designs, or review printing projects involving Feinberg.
The content of letters written to printer George Grady cover several topics, including book orders to J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd. and Rampant Lion Press; Grady's effort to purchase stained glass windows with book arts themes; publications by the Society of Printers; and Paul Standard's suggestion to reprint Graily Hewitt's Handwriting.
Paul Standard's letters to Grady express their mutual interest in obtaining the rights from Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Company, Ltd. to publish Hewitt's book in the United States. The series of letters do not indicate whether the book was ever published by George Grady Press. Standard also suggests other printing projects for Grady, such as a book on calligraphy by Daisy Alcock.
Related collection:Ms 289 Letters of William Graily Hewitt to Sidney Feinberg
Series I. Letters to Sidney Feinberg, 1943-1972 All letters are written by others to Feinberg unless otherwise noted. F1 Angelo, Valenti, 1897- 1953 Feb 15 ALS 1p F2 Bank, Arnold 1948 May 1 ALS 2p F3 Cassel-Wronker, Lili, 1924- 1948-1956 Letters 8p Note: Some of the Christmas cards include original drawings, etchings or photographs. F4 Ellis, Richard 1966 Mar 27 ALS 1p Note: Includes the layout of the title page for "The First Sixty years of Printing," with autograph notes by Ellis. Also present are two layout pages for an article for Scholarly Press, with notes by Ellis. F5 Foss, Glenn 1951 Aug 29 ALS 1p [1955 Dec 20] ACS 1p [1963 Dec 15] ACS 1p F6 La Russa, Tony [n.y.Christmas] ACS 1p F7 McCrea, James 1952 [Dec 18] Printed 3p Note: This Christmas booklet titled "A Fable" is printed by McCrea. F8 Ogg, Oscar 1944 Jan 2 ALS 2p F9 Pattberg, Gene [1949 Dec 13] ACS 1p F10 Reznikoff, Charles, 1894-1976. 1959 Dec 15 ALS 1p F11 Salter, George, 1897-1967. 1943 Nov 25 ALS 2p Note: Christmas card with printed illustrations by Salter and one paper book jacket. F12 Shotwell, James Thomson, 1874-1965. 1954 Mar 26 TLS 1p F13 Standard, Paul, 1900- 1947 Aug 27 ALS 1p Note: Includes two samples of Standard's stationery. F14 Wong, Jeanyee 1953 Aug 10 ACS 1p [1954 Dec 23] ACS 1p F15 Woods, Miriam [1972 Feb 25] ANS 1p F16 Envelope to Feinberg, 1974 Nov 22 Series II. Letters to George Grady, 1938-1952 All letters are written by others to George Grady unless otherwise noted. F17 Carter, Will, 1912- 1941 Feb 26 ALS 1p Note: Includes a prospectus and order card for "Ecclesiastes" and a copy of the booklet "Irish Bulls," both of which are printed by Carter's Rampant Lion Press. Grady, George to Carter, Will, 1912- 1941 Apr 23 TL (c) 1p F18 Grady, George to J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd. 1940 May 3 TL (c) 1p J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd. to Grady, George 1940 Jun 6 TLS 1p F19 McKay, George Leslie, 1895- 1943 Jun 29 TLS 1p Note: Includes a copy of the pamphlet, "Specimen Book of Types," for which Grady supplied the paper. F20 Grady, George to The Sculpture Centre 1939 Apr 17 TL (c) 1p Radnor, C. B. to Grady, George 1939 May 4 TLS 1p Grady, George to Travers, Martin 1939 May 13 TL (c) 1p Linton, Kenneth to Grady, George 1939 May 27 TL 1p F21 Ragg, T. Murray to Standard, Paul, 1900- 1938 May 5 TLS 1p Grady, George to Standard, Paul, 1900- 1940 Mar 6 TL (c) 1p Standard, Paul, 1900- to Grady, George 1940 Mar 7 TLS 2p Mar 7 TLS 1p Note: Includes a carbon copy of Standard's letter to Kegan Paul Trench Trubner & Co. regarding Hewitt's book. Apr 24 ALS 1p [May 13] ACS 1p Jun 4 TLS 2p Jun 28 ANS 1p Note: Written on the bottom of a carbon copy letter to Kegan Paul, etc. 1941 Nov 18 ALS 1p 1942 May 4 ALS 1p F22 Thomajan, Puzant Kevork, 1902- 1952 Aug 20 TLS 1p F23 Trenholm, George F. 1944 Feb 21 ALS 1p Note: Includes two pamphlets published by the Society of Printers. Series III. Miscellaneous material, 1949-1976 F24 Wardrop, James to Blumenthal, Joseph, 1897- 1949 Apr 8 ALS (x) 1p F24 Letter from unidentified book designer, 1964 Jul 17 F24 Envelopes addressed to Robert Cheney and Bruce Fitzgerald, 1961-1976 F24 Graboff, Abner to Unidentified [n.d.] ACS 1p Note: Christmas card with original painted and cut design. F24 "Calligraphic Letters" label, [n.d.] Label from the notebook which originally housed this collection.
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