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Tober, Frank W., 1919-1995.

Frank W. Tober collection on literary forgery


(bulk dates 1920-1990)

Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 601

Creator: Tober, Frank W., 1919-1995.

Title: Frank W. Tober collection on literary forgery

Inclusive Dates: 1801-1994

Bulk Dates: 1920-1990

Extent: 4.6 linear feet and two oversize box (8 boxes)

Abstract: The Frank W. Tober collection on literary forgery comprises letters, books, pamphlets, journals and journal articles, newspaper clippings, auction and exhibition catalogs, and other ephemera related to literary forgery. While Tober collected specimens of a variety of manuscript and printed forgeries, he was most interested in the literary forgeries of Thomas J. Wise and H. Buxton Forman.

Language: Materials in English.


MSS 601, Frank W. Tober collection on literary forgery, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Boxes 1-4: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons

Box 5: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes

Box 6: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (28 inches)

Box 7: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes (1 inch)

Box 8: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (18 inches)


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Gift of Frank W. Tober estate, 1995.


Processed by Timothy D. Murray and Teresa K. Nevins, 2008-2009. Encoded by Teresa K. Nevins, October 2009. Updated by Dustin Frohlich, June 2014.

The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Frank W. Tober (1919-1995) was a chemical engineer with a substantial personal interest in the study of literary forgery.

Frank W. Tober was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1919. As a youth, he was an avid reader who enjoyed history and literature, but he was particularly interested in the sciences. Following his graduation from high school in 1937, he enrolled at Michigan Technological University where he earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1941. He subsequently received a master's degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1941 and a doctorate in physical chemistry from Yale University in 1948. Tober went on to have a long, successful career with the DuPont Company.

Dr. Tober maintained a wide range of book collecting interests, including the history of printing and publishing, the history of papermaking and the manufacture of paper, the era of Napoleon and the French Revolution, and contemporary fine printing and book arts. However, the cornerstone of Dr. Tober's personal library was his collection on literary forgery, which includes examples of forgeries from all periods.

Dr. Tober bequeathed his collection to the University of Delaware Library following his death on June 24, 1995. The Frank W. Tober collection comprises nearly four thousand books and periodicals, hundreds of manuscripts and papers, and a variety of other materials, including artwork and ephemera.

Scope and Content Note

The Frank W. Tober collection on literary forgery comprises letters, books, pamphlets, galley proofs, etchings, photogravures, journals and journal articles, newspaper clippings, auction and exhibition catalogs, and other ephemera related to literary forgery. While Tober collected specimens of a variety of manuscript and printed forgeries, he was most interested in the literary forgeries of Thomas J. Wise and H. Buxton Forman.

Series I. Thomas J. Wise and the Wise-Forman Forgeries comprises the vast majority of Tober's collection. Tober collected numerous examples of the forgeries published by Wise, which have been cataloged in the print collection of Special Collections. Tober also acquired many original letters by Thomas J. Wise and H. Buxton Forman, including correspondence with Frederick Britten Austin, E. H. Coleridge, Richard Curle, Edmund Gosse, A. Edward Newton, John Payne, Gabriel Wells, and Gordon Wordsworth.

In addition to the original Wise-Forman material, Tober also amassed a comprehensive collection of letters, books, articles, auction and exhibition catalogs, and newspaper clippings about the discovery of Wise's involvement in the forgeries and its aftermath. He also obtained correspondence, notes, drafts, offprints, and publications related to authors who wrote about the Wise-Forman forgeries, including John Carter, John Collins, Wilfred Partington, Graham Pollard, Fannie Ratchford, William Todd, and Gabriel Wells. Tober even collected materials concerning other Wise collectors, such as Maurice Pariser, whose collection formed the basis for the 1967 exhibition, Wise After the Event.

Series II. Other Forgeries comprises individual specimens of forged manuscript documents acquired by Tober, including items purportedly by Aaron Burr, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, Julia Ward Howe, Abraham Lincoln, John Milton, and Edgar Allan Poe. Also included is a Spanish forgery of an illuminated manuscript created circa 1910. Subseries II.A. focuses on American author and poet Frederic Prokosch and his so-called "Butterfly Books" forgeries. This subseries includes drafts and research for Tober's article about Prokosch, "A Local Forger," that appeared in the September 1989 newsletter of the Delaware Bibliophiles. Also included in this series are numerous articles, journals, and books Tober collected about literary forgery.

Series III. Miscellaneous letters and documents comprises a small group of apparently authentic materials collected by Tober that dates to the same period as his forgery collection. These include several letters related to Pre-Raphaelite artists, such as Edward Burne-Jones, William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and his brother William Rossetti; and also includes letters by art critic John Ruskin, Delaware senator and Civil War veteran H. A. "Colonel Henry" du Pont, May Morris (younger daughter of William Morris), and a letter on Cuala Press letterhead written by Elizabeth Yeats.

Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Tober, Frank W., 1919-1995.
Wise, Louise.
Wise, Thomas James, 1859-1937.
Forman, H. Buxton (Harry Buxton), 1842-1917.
Prokosch, Frederic, 1908-1989.
Corporate Names
Oak Knoll Books (Firm)
Topical Terms
Literary forgeries and mystifications.
Literary forgeries and mystifications--Exhibitions.
Literary forgeries and mystifications--Specimens.
Literary forgeries and mystifications--History--19th century.
Literary forgeries and mystifications--History--20th century.
Form/Genre Terms
Forgeries (derivative objects)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Auction catalogs.
Exhibition catalogs.
Receipts (financial records)
Reviews (document genre)
Forgers (criminals)
Personal Contributors
Wise, Louise.
Fleck, Robert.
Todd, William B.
Corporate Contributors
Oak Knoll Books (Firm)

Related Materials in this Repository

MSS 215, H. Buxton Forman papers related to John Keats

MSS 602, Frank W. Tober papers

Materials Cataloged Separately

Several thousand titles from the Frank W. Tober collection are cataloged with imprints in Special Collections. These may be retrieved with a keyword search for "frank w tober" in DELCAT, the Library's online catalog.

Publication Note

University of Delaware. Library. Forging a Collection : The Frank W. Tober Collection on Literary Forgery : catalog of an exhibition, August 19, 1999-December 15, 1999Newark, Del. : Special Collections, Hugh M. Morris Library, University of Delaware Library, 1999.

  • I. Thomas J. Wise and the Wise-Forman forgeries
    • I.A. Thomas J. Wise correspondence
    • I.B. H. Buxton Forman correspondence
    • I.C. Correspondence related to Thomas J. Wise and the Wise-Forman forgeries
    • I.D. Publications on Thomas J. Wise and the Wise-Forman forgeries
    • I.E. Auction catalogs and exhibitions
    • I.F. Other related materials
    • I.G. Miscellaneous
  • II. Other forgeries
    • II.A. Frederick Prokosch (1908-1989)
    • II.B. Forgery examples and forgery-related ephemera
    • II.C. Publications on forgery
  • III. Miscellaneous letters and documents

Detailed Contents List

Series I. Thomas J. Wise and the Wise-Forman forgeries
Subseries I.A. Thomas J. Wise correspondence , 1886-1938

Comprises incoming and outgoing correspondence of Thomas J. Wise, including letters written on his behalf by Louise Wise, his wife, and a few letters authored by Louise. The letters originate from Hampstead unless otherwise noted, and the subseries is organized by individual correspondent.

Allington, Cyril Argentine, Dean , 1931 November 8   [Box 1 F1]

1 item

One letter.

Andersen, Johannes C. , 1935-1936   [Box 1 F2]

4 items

Includes 2 letters with mailing envelopes, one from Wise per his wife, and one signed "Loie Wise."

Austin, Frederick Britten, 1885-1941 , 1927-1937   [Box 1 F3]

6 items

British author of adventure stories and novels.

Three letters, including one from Wise per his wife and one from Louise Wise. A fourth letter is laid into Spec. Coll. Z1024 .W57 todd420b. Also includes two pages from catalog describing books in Wise's collection that Austin wrote and inscribed, with autograph note by Wise on Austin poem.

Aylward, F. Graham, 1889 December 12   [Box 7 F3A]

1 item

One letter from Aylward to Wise.

Bell, H. , 1916 May 30   [Box 1 F4]

2 items

Photocopy of letter. The original letter is tipped into vol. 3 of The Browning Society's Papers . London: N. Trübner & Co., 1881-1891 (Spec. Coll. PR4229 .B76a).

Biddle, Moncure , 1934   [Box 7 F4A]

2 items

Two letters written and signed by Louise Wise on behalf of her husband to the Philadelphia collector Moncure Biddle. The first letter is written five days after the publication of Carter and Pollard's An Enquiry into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth-Century Pamphlets.

Binyon, Laurence, 1934   [Box 7 F4B]

1 items

One letter from Binyon to an unknown recipient referencing Wise.

Brumwell, Charles E. , 1925 May 20   [Box 1 F5]

1 item

Letter from Queen's Hotel, Hastings.

Brumwell, George Murry , 1925 October 15   [Box 1 F6]

1 item

Letter from Hampstead.

Caddick, Edward , 1894 April 17   [Box 1 F7]

1 item

Letter written on Shelley Society letterhead.

Chadwyck-Healey, Oliver Nowell , 1928   [Box 1 F8]

Eleven letters (three per his wife) from Wise from Hampstead, the Queen's Hotel in Hastings, and Percival's Hotel, Worthing. Includes carbon copies of four letters from Chadwyck-Healey to Wise, correspondence between Chadwyck-Healey and the firm of Elkins Matthews, and corrected proof of the Byron section of The Ashley Library with Wise's corrections.

Chapman, R. W. (Robert William), 1881-1960 , 1923-1933   [Box 1 F9]

3 items

Three letters, including one from Wise per his wife.

Cockerell, Sydney, 1867-1962 , 1928   [Box 1 F10]

3 items

Three letters from Wise (two per his wife).

Coleridge, E. H., 1916,1975   [Box 7 F10A]

2 items

Consists of one handwritten letter from Thomas Wise to E. H. Coleridge regarding the enclosed transcript of a letter from Wordsworth to Southey. The transcribed letter announces the death of Sara Hutchinson and mentions the death of Theodore Watts. Also included is a 1975 letter from Winfred A. Myers offering the Wise letter and transcript for sale.

Collins , 1923 March 24   [Box 1 F11]

1 item

One letter.

Correspondence relating to the "Unpublished Letters of Byron" forgeries, 1931-1933   [Box 7 F11A]

Consists of correspondence relating to the "Unpublished Letters of Byron," a collection of Major George Gordon de Luna Byron (alias de Gibler) forgeries originally edited by Henry Schultess-Young. Wise intended to include the letters in his Byron bibliography and insisted on their authenticity despite the skepticism of publishers Richard Bently and Sir John Murray. This folder includes galley proofs from Wise's Bibiliography of Byron which include twenty pages of Wise's manuscript text, eleven letters written by Murray, and two letters and a postcard from Maurice Buxton Forman. Also included is a description by John Carter stating: "All the sets of galley proof except one carry Wise's notes, corrections, deletions and additions, many of them extensive and all of them illuminating; for it is possible to follow, in these successive sets of corrected proofs, the whole course of the protracted, three-cornered discussion on the status of the Schultess-Young volume which was being carried on between Wise, Sir John Murray, and Richard Bently."

Crummer, Myrtle A. , 1934 August 8   [Box 7 F11B]

One letter to California bibliographer Myrtle A. Crummer regarding the publication of An Enquiry.

Foligno, Cesare, Professor , 1928   [Box 1 F12]

2 items

Two letters.

Forman, H. Buxton (Harry Buxton), 1842-1917 , 1886-1916   [Box 1 F13]

3 items

Wise's friend and forgery collaborator.

Two letters (one is tipped into the presentation copy from Wise to Forman, Spec. Coll. Z1024 .W57 Todd214a). A third letter dated 1916 establishes a clear link between Wise and Forman in their forgeries.

Frederickson, C.W., 1884 May 18   [Box 7 F13A]

1 item

One letter from Frederickson to Wise.

Furnival, F. J., 1887 December 12   [Box 7 F13B]

1 item

One letter from Furnival to T. J. Wise.

Gosse, Edmund, 1849-1928   [Box 1 F14]

1 item

Poet, author, and chief librarian of the House of Lords.

One letter.

Hatfield, C.W. , 1917-1929   [Box 7 F14A]

30 items

Thirty letters largely concerning the works of the Bronte family, on whom Hatfield was an authority.

Hector, E. , 1928-1931   [Box 1 F15]

Five letters (one sent from Prince's Hotel, Brighton); also includes several prospectuses for Wise's publications.

Hood, Thurman L. (Thurman Losson) , 1933 January 3   [Box 1 F16]

2 items

Letter on The Shakespeare Head Bronte letterhead, with original mailing envelope.

Hurley, M. D. , 1933 July 24   [Box 1 F17]

1 item

One letter.

Kingsland, William G. , 1890-1916   [Box 7 F17A]

4 items

One postcard and three letters from Kingsland to Wise.

Langley , 1891 June 22   [Box 1 F18]

2 items

Bookseller in Reading.

Postcard and postal receipt.

Lemperley , 1928 March 1   [Box 1 F19]

1 item

Letter per Louise Wise.

Locock, C. D. (Charles Dealtry), b. 1862 , 1904-1906   [Box 1 F20]

6 items

Noted Shelley editor.

Four letters, and an H. Rubeck, London postcard. Also includes Locock's handwritten queries to Wise, with Wise's autograph responses and a Wise stamped signature.

Maggs , 1927 April 25   [Box 1 F21]

1 item

One of the owners of Maggs Bros. booksellers, London

Letter sent from Queen's Hotel, Hastings.

Milford, Humphrey Sumner, Sir, 1877-1952 , 1931 November 8   [Box 1 F22]

1 item

Edited volumes of poetry by William Cowper and Leigh Hunt

One letter.

Miller, DeWitt, 1857-1911 , 1896 November 14   [Box 1 F23]

1 item

American book collector, minister, and lecturer.

One letter written on Shelley Society letterhead.

Morley, F. V. (Frank Vigor), 1899-1980 , 1925-1929   [Box 1 F24]

12 items

Author, editor, mathematician, and brother of Christopher Morley.

Eleven letters and manuscript list of examples of forgeries in possession of Herbert E. Gorfin.

Morgan, John, 1889-1890   [Box 7 F24A]

2 items

Two letters from John Morgan to T. J. Wise.

Newton, A. Edward (Alfred Edward), 1864-1940 , 1925-1927   [Box 1 F25]

13 items

American author, publisher, and well-known book collector.

Two letters; includes photocopy of third letter, the original of which is mounted on free front endpaper of Newton's copy of An Enquiry (Spec. Coll. Z1024 .C32x 1934 copy 2). Also includes Newton ephemera collected by Tober, with Tober's handwritten note cards and list.

Nordau , 1930 August 3   [Box 7 F25A]

1 item

One letter denouncing a forged copy Byron's Euthanasia.

V. Payen-Payne, de (Vinchelés Payen-Payne), b. 1866 , 1927-1937   [Box 1 F26]

8 items

Book collector, editor, author, and translator. Compiler of Cassell's French-English/English-French dictionary.

Six letters from Wise. Two letters from Louise Wise (one sent after Wise's funeral).

Rhys, 1926 August 9   [Box 7 F26A]

8 items

Probably Ernest Rhys, author of Browning and His Poetry (1914).

One letter from Wise concerning Browning's essay on Shelley.

Roberts, William, 1924   [Box 7 F26B]

5 items

Five letters, one from the Midland Hotel, Manchester.

Sawyer, Charles J. , 1924-1932   [Box 1 F27]

13 items

Thirteen letters, including three per Louise Wise sent from the Queen's Hotel, Hastings.

Sutcliffe , 1930 March 30   [Box 1 F28]

1 item

One letter.

Swann, Arthur, 1924-1931   [Box 7 F29]

2 items

Two letters, including letter sent from Royal Victoria Hotel.

Swann, Arthur, 1931-1932   [Box 7 F29A]

4 items

Four letters, three discussing a rare Shelley pamphlet.

Taylor , 1932 September 20   [Box 1 F30A]

1 item

One letter.

Thompson, H.W. , 1905-1917   [Box 1 F30B]

4 items

Four autograph letters discussing Wise's privately printed pamphlets, specifying prices to be charged, describing Swinburne's letters to John Nicol, thanking Thompson for a copy of Wordsworth's Grace Darling, and alluding to Wrenn and Slater.

Tomanoczy, Paul Joseph , 1932   [Box 1 F31]

3 items

Owner of Civic Center Book Shop in San Francisco, California.

Three letters, including one per Louise Wise.

Varty , 1929 December 16   [Box 1 F32]

2 items

Ambleside bookseller.

One letter accompanied by a typed transcription.

Watts, Theodore , 1893 March 22   [Box 7 F32A]

1 item

One letter sending a copy of the Shelley Society's latest publication, The Masque of Anarchy, (not included). Wise expresses his desire to meet Algernon Charles Swinburne.

Way, Irving   [Box 1 F33]

1 item

One letter sent from Hotel Metropole, Folkstone.

Wells, Gabriel, 1862-1946 , 1923-1938   [Box 1 F34]

9 items

Hungarian-born American bookseller, friend and staunch defender of Wise.

Five letters from Wise, and four letters to "Saint-Gabriel" from Louise Wise, including letter about visit of Wilfred Partington to Louise.

Wheeler , 1919 December 15   [Box 1 F35]

1 item

One letter.

Wilkinson, Cyril Hackett, 1888-1960 (Col.) , 1924 November 11   [Box 1 F36]

4 items

British editor and compiler.

One letter from Wise. Also includes two additional letters to Wilkinson from others and a clipping, all related to Swinburne.

Williamson, George Charles, 1858-1942 , 1922 July 9   [Box 1 F37]

1 item

Letter in which Wise gives short biography/resume; originally laid into a copy of The Ashley Library inscribed by Wise to Dr. Williamson (Spec. Coll. Z1024 .W57 todd420b copy 1).

Wordsworth, Gordon , 1927-1929   [Box 7 F37A]

3 item

Three letters to the grandson of William Wordsworth. Wise explains his discovery of an unpublished Wordsworth text.

Wise letters to various individuals , 1888-1936   [Box 7 F38]

13 items

Includes letters to bookseller James Tregaskis, the editor of The Times Literary Supplement, the Bodleian library, and two letters on Shakespeare Head Bronte letterhead to unnamed recipients. Also includes one letter originally laid into Spec. Coll. PR4231 .A3 1895, and another originally laid into Spec. Coll. Z1024 .W57 todd52b.

Wise letters to various individuals , 1888-1936   [Box 7 F38A]

7 items

Seven letters to Andrew Chatto, Thomas Hutchinson, Payne, [R.W.] Chapman, Argosy Book Stores, and Partridge. Also includes a photograph postcard of Thomas and Louise Wise.

Subseries I.B. H. Buxton Forman correspondence , 1878-1915

Collected correspondence to and from H. Buxton Forman, Wise's friend and co-conspirator in the forgery scandal.

Athenaeum , 1885-1908   [Box 1 F39A]

Four letters from Joseph Knight and John C. Francis, editors of the Athenaeum to Forman, one printed invitation and newspaper clippings, including obituaries for John Collins Francis and Joseph Knight.

Compton-Rickett, Arthur , 1915   [Box 1 F39B]

Three letters from British critic and author Arthur Compton-Rickett to Forman, two of the letters bear handwritten notes by Forman.

Denham, Edward , 1896 March 23   [Box 1 F40]

1 item

American manufacturer and compiler (1849-1925) active in many historical societies.

One letter from Forman. Includes photocopy of two brief biographical notes about Denham.

Odd Volumes Sette, 1895 April 26   [Box 1 F41]

1 item

An Odd Volumes Sette printed invitation to Forman dated April 26, 1895 to attend a dinner meeting.

Payne, John, 1842-1916 , 1878-1898   [Box 1 F42]

23 items

British author, translator, and lawyer.

Fourteen letters to Forman, many with original mailing envelope.

Potts , 1898 March 9   [Box 1 F43]

2 items

Original letter accompanied by Frank Tober's autograph transcription of the letter.

Rossetti , 1882 November 4   [Box 1 F44]

3 items

Original letter and autograph manuscript poem, "Rondeau." Also includes Frank Tober's autograph transcription of the poem. "Rossetti" is probably William Michael Rossetti.

Sheowring, William , 1899 May 3   [Box 1 F45]

1 item

British editor. Secretary of the South Place Institute, London.

One letter.

Sparling, H. Halliday , 1893 January 10   [Box 1 F46]

2 items

Secretary to Kelmscott Press, one-time son-in-law of William Morris.

One letter to Forman, accompanied by a newspaper clipping.

Unknown recipient , 1896 November 10   [Box 1 F47]

2 items

One letter accompanied by Frank Tober's autograph transcript of the letter.

Wrenn, John , 1904 April 20   [Box 1 F48]

1 item

One letter to Forman.

Subseries I.C. Correspondence related to Thomas J. Wise and the Wise-Forman forgeries , 1903-1974

Includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other documents by Wise's contemporaries, as well as materials from those writing about Wise, Forman, and the forgery controversy.

Birrell, Augustine, 1850-1933 , 1916 November 22   [Box 1 F49]

4 items

British lawyer, politician, and essayist.

Letter to Wise, accompanied by a copy of the auction catalog description and Frank Tober's autograph transcript of the letter with a brief biographical entry for Birrell taped to the reverse.

Curle, Richard, 1883-1968 , 1931   [Box 1 F50]

3 items

British book collector, author, and editor.

Two letters from Curle to Alfred L. Rose of New York, and an autograph note from Wise on fragment of a letter from Richard Curle.

Gosse, Edmund, 1849-1928 , 1903 November 23   [Box 1 F51]

2 items

British literary critic and author.

One letter to Wise, and a typescript note from previous owner of letter

Hart, Francis Russell, 1868-1938 , 1934   [Box 1 F52]

American author and book collector .

Two letters to Hart, one from Daniel Berkeley Updike and the other from George Parker Winship, about Carter and Pollard's recently-published exposé. The letters were originally laid into a copy of An Enquiry, suggesting that Hart sent both men copies of the book. Includes several newspaper clippings about the forgeries, all from 1934.

Kernahan, Coulson [probable], 1858-1943   [Box 1 F53]

3 items

British novelist and journalist.

One carbon-copy typescript letter to "My very dear old Freddy," possibly Frederick Page. Includes a dealer's description, and a letter from Nicolas Barker to Robert Fleck regarding the attribution to Kernahan.

Lucas, E. V., 1927 March 1   [Box 7 F53A]


Director of Methuen and Company Ltd. Publishers.

Letter to C.E. Brumwell.

Partington, Wilfred, b. 1888 (1 of 2) , 1948   [Box 1 F54]

Author of biography of Thomas J. Wise

Includes correspondence, drafts of letters, clippings, and other materials related to the Times Literary Supplementreview of Partington's book, Thomas J. Wise in the Original Cloth, along with the subsequent exchange of letters published in TLS. Correspondents included Partington, Arthur Cook, A. Pryce Jones, and Arthur Kirkby. Also includes handlist of Partington items.

Partington, Wilfred, b. 1888 , 1937 December 21   [Box 1 F55]

3 items

Letter to William H. McCarthy, Library of the University of Texas, accompanied by mailing envelope and Christmas card inscribed to McCarthy.

Ratchford, Fannie Elizabeth, 1888-1974 , 1934-1945   [Box 1 F56]

4 items

Librarian and curator of rare books at University of Texas Library

Two letters from Ratchford, including a mimeograph copy of Ratchford's letter to the editor of Atlantic Monthly responding to an article by John Carter and a copy of that article. Also includes Ratchford's review of Partington's Thomas J. Wise in the Original Cloth

Redway family , 1948-1963   [Box 1 F57]

10 items

Family of publisher George Redway, friend of Thomas Wise

Includes letter and card from Partington to Alan Redway, two letters from Ernest to Alan Redway accompanied by draft letter to editor regarding George Redway's involvement in Swinburne blackmail scandal. Also includes two letters from John Carter to Alan Redway.

Ritchie, Baron , 1965-1967   [Box 7 F57A]

7 items

Letters to Baron Ritchie of Dundee from John Carter and others, originally laid into Ritchie's copy of The Gullible Papers . (Cataloged as Spec. Coll. Z1024 .J46x 1934).

Shorter, Clement King, 1857-1926 , 1894-1923   [Box 1 F58]

5 items

British journalist, editor, and collector.

Two typescript letters from Shorter on The Sphere letterhead and two letters addressed to Shorter. Also includes newspaper clipping about Shorter's plan to give his collection to the British Museum.

Symons, Julian, 1912-1994 , 1974 June 24   [Box 1 F59]

1 item

British poet, crime writer, and editor.

One letter referring to Symons' unpublished work on Wise forgeries.

Watts-Dunton, Clara , 1917 June 20   [Box 1 F60]

2 items

Wife of Theodore Watts-Dunton.

Two letters concerning alleged collusion of Frank Taylor with Thomas Wise on purchase of Swinburne copyrights and manuscripts. Handwritten copy of letter to Frank Taylor accompanied letter to Mrs. Watts-Dunton.

Watts-Dunton, Theodore, 1832-1914 , 1909 January 12   [Box 1 F61]

2 items

British critic, poet, and friend of Swinburne, who lived with the Watts-Duntons for 30 years

One letter to H. M. Schroeter with original mailing envelope.

Miscellaneous correspondence , 1918-1989   [Box 1 F62]

8 items

Seven letters, including a draft and revised letter from Frank Tober to John Collins, and a letter from P. Barrows of The Brick Row Print and Book Shop to Mrs. Henriette W. Roberts concerning Wise's edition of Spenser's The Faerie Queene.

Handlists and transcripts of Wise letters   [Box 1 F62a]

Frank Tober's handlists of Wise letters and auxiliary letters in his collection, including his handwritten transcriptions of the Wise letters. Also includes three spiral-bound stenographic notebooks with Tober's notes.

Subseries I.D. Publications on Thomas J. Wise and the Wise-Forman forgeries , 1920-1992

Articles and reviews about Thomas J. Wise and the Wise-Forman forgeries gathered by Frank Tober. These are arranged alphabetically by individual author.

Arnold, William Harris , 1920   [Box 1 F63]

1 item

"The Making of a Book Collector," Century 100 (July 1920): 319-326.

Barker, Nicolas , 1980-1992   [Box 1 F64]

6 items

Photocopies of Barker's three-part article, "The New Enquiry: A Preview," that appeared in The Book Collector (1982-1983). Also includes "A Scandal in America: The Forgeries of T. J. Wise and H. Buxton Forman," in Transactions of the XIVth Congress of the International Association of Bibliophiles. ed. Stephen Tabor, 1987, along with notice of Barker's 1980 lecture on this topic; and a photocopy of Chapter 2 (on Wise) from A Sequel to An Enquiry into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth Century Pamphlets by John Carter and Graham Pollard: The Forgeries of H. Buxton Forman and T. J. Wise Re-examined by Nicolas Barker and John Collins. London: Scolar Press; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Books, 1992.

Baughman, Roland , 1954   [Box 1 F65]

1 item

"The Peccancies of T. J. Wise, et al. Some Aftermaths of the Exposure," Columbia Library Columns 3 (May 1954): 12-28.

Betz, Paul F. , 1970   [Box 1 F66]

1 item

"T. J. Wise and Gordon Wordsworth," Bulletin of the New York Public Library 74 (November 1970): 577-586.

Collins, John , 1974   [Box 1 F67]

1 item

Offprint of "Harry Buxton Forman and His Shelley Reprints," The Book Collector (Winter 1974).

Dearden, James (1 of 3) , 1969   [Box 1 F68]

1 item

"Wise and Ruskin I" The Book Collector 18 (Spring 1969): 45-60.

Dearden, James (2 of 3) , 1969   [Box 1 F69]

1 item

"Wise and Ruskin II" The Book Collector 18 (Summer 1969): 170-188.

Dearden, James (3 of 3) , 1969   [Box 1 F70]

1 item

"Wise and Ruskin III" The Book Collector 18 (Autumn 1969): 318-339.

Dick, Hugh G. , 1949   [Box 1 F71]

1 item

"The Firm of Charles Ottley, Landon & Co." Nineteenth Century Fiction 4 (December 1949): 245.

Dobell, Robert J. , 1970   [Box 1 F72]

2 items

Offprint of article and issue containing "Bertram Dobell and T. J. Wise," The Book Collector 19 (Autumn 1970): 348-355.

Ehrsam, Theodore G. , 1950   [Box 1 F73]

1 item

"The Wise-Shelley Letter," The Library 5 (5th ser., June 1950): 63-64.

Filby, P. W. , 1977   [Box 1 F74]

1 item

"Thomas J. Wise: Aftermath," Gazette of the Grolier Club 26/27 (June/December 1977): 72-83.

Fletcher, Edward G. , 1946   [Box 1 F75]

2 items

Two copies of "The Proof that Forman Knew," The Library Chronicle of the University of Texas 2 (Fall 1946): 136-155.

Fredeman, William E. , 1987   [Box 1 F76]

1 item

Offprint of article, "William Michael Rossetti and the Wise-Forman Conspiracy," The Book Collector 36 (Spring 1987).

Frey, Ellen Frances , 1947   [Box 1 F77]

1 item

"Thomas J. Wise: Friend of Duke University Library," Library Notes 18 (July 1947): 3-15.

Gallup, Donald , 1984   [Box 1 F78]

3 items

"The Carter and Pollard Enquiry Fifty Years After," The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 78 (4th qtr. 1984): 447-460. Also includes a typescript and photocopy of the article.

Garland, Lawrence , 1983   [Box 1 F79]

1 item

The Affair of the Unprincipled Publisher. By John H. Watson, M.D. as discovered by Lawrence Garland. (copyright 1983 by Lawrence Toppman and Steven Garland)

Gullible, Richard , 1967   [Box 2 F80]

1 item

"An Enquiry into An Enquiry," The Book Collector 16 (Summer 1967): 186-193.

Hazen, A. T. , 1947   [Box 2 F81]

1 item

Offprint of "Type-Facsimiles," Modern Philology 44 (May 1947).

Highet, Gilbert , 1959   [Box 2 F82]

1 item

"When Forgery Becomes a Fine Art," Horizon 1 (March 1959): 105-109.

Hoge, James O., and West, James L. W., III , 1985   [Box 2 F83]

1 item

Offprint of "The Story of a Lie: A Sequel to A Sequel," Review 7 (1985).

Katz, W. A. , 1965   [Box 2 F84]

1 item

"Machinery of Detection," American Book Collector 16 (October 1965): 23-30.

Kendall, Lyle H. (1 of 2) , 1968   [Box 2 F85]

1 item

"The Not-So-Gentle Art of Puffing: William G. Kingsland and Thomas J. Wise," The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 62 (1st qtr. 1968): 25-37.

Kendall, Lyle H. (2 of 2) , 1965-1968   [Box 2 F86]

3 items

Offprint of "The Not-So-Gentle Art of Puffing: William G. Kingsland and Thomas J. Wise," The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 62 (1st qtr. 1968). Includes letter to Frank Tober from the author. Also includes offprint of article by Kendall and James T. Bratcher, "Two Further Footnotes to An Enquiry," Texas Studies in Literature and Language 7 (Spring 1965)

Lewis, Roger C. , 1990   [Box 2 F87]

1 item

"The Text of D. G. Rossetti's Autumn Song," The Book Collector 39 (Autumn 1990): 368-381.

Lewis, Roger C. , 1992   [Box 2 F88]

2 items

Photocopy of typescript manuscript of "Thomas James Wise and the Trial Book Fallacy," 1992. Includes a letter from Scolar Press to Paul Wakeman at Oak Knoll Books.

Macdonald, Dwight (1 of 2) , 1962   [Box 2 F89]

1 item

"Annals of Crime: the First Editions of T. J. Wise," The New Yorker 38 (10 November 1962): 168-205.

Macdonald, Dwight (2 of 2) , 1962   [Box 2 F90]

2 items

Photocopy of article, and one set of tearsheets of article.

"A Note for Messrs. Carter and Pollard" , 1935   [Box 2 F91]

1 item

Article by unknown author, "A Note for Messrs. Carter and Pollard," The American Book Collector 6 (April 1935): 125-129.

Nowell-Smith, Simon , 1969   [Box 2 F92]

2 items

Offprint of article and issue containing "T. J. Wise as Bibliographer," The Library, 5th ser., 24 (June 1969): 129-141.

Oak Knoll Books , 1983   [Box 2 F93a]

3 items

Three copies of special Thomas J. Wise issue of the Oak Knoll Messenger (August 1983).

Pariser, Maurice , 1960 December 19   [Box 2 F93b]

2 items

Typed letter signed to John Carter with tearsheet of Parisier's review of Thomas J. Wise: centenary studies (edited by William B. Todd) from The Manchester Review.

Ransom, Henry Huntt , circa 1976   [Box 2 F94]

1 item

"Fannie Ratchford," The Library Chronicle of the University of Texas at Austin, n.s., 9 (circa 1976).

Ratchford, Fannie E. (1 of 2) , 1940   [Box 2 F95]

1 item

"The Wise Forgeries," Southwest Review 25 (1940): 363-377.

Ratchford, Fannie E. (2 of 2) , 1941-1948   [Box 2 F96]

5 items

Offprint of "Idylls of the Hearth: Wise's Forgery of Enoch Arden," Southwest Review 26 (Spring 1941); "Thomas J. Wise to John Henry Wrenn on Nineteenth-Century Bibliography," The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 36 (3rd qtr 1942): 215-228; "A Review of Reviews, Part I," The Library Chronicle 1 (Fall 1945): 3-32; "A Review of Reviews, Part II," The Library Chronicle 1 (Spring 1946): 21-55; and tearshet of Ratchford's review of Thomas J. Wise in the Original Cloth, which appeared in Southwest Review 33 (Summer 1948): 304-310.

Ritchie, Baron , 1979   [Box 2 F97]

1 item

"Living with Forgers," The University of Rochester Library Bulletin 32 (Winter 1979): 41-60.

Schimmel, Stuart B. , 1979   [Box 2 F97]

1 item

"Living with Forgers," The University of Rochester Library Bulletin 32 (Winter 1979): 41-60.

Singer, George Chapman , 1963-1975   [Box 2 F98]

2 items

"The Sheepfolds Matter," The Private Library, 2nd ser., 8 (Winter 1975): 154-163; and an offprint of "Note 191. A Unique Copy of The Runaway Slave," The Book Collector 12 (Spring 1963).

Smith, Robert Metcalf , 1944   [Box 2 F99]

1 item

"A Chapter in the Shelley Legend," The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 38 (1944): 312-334.

Stephens, Fran Carlock , 1974   [Box 2 F100]

1 item

"Cottle, Wise, and Ms. Ashley 408," The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 68 (1974): 391-403.

Symons, A. J. A. , 1934   [Box 2 F101]

3 items

Brother of Julian Symons.

Offprint and issue containing "The Nineteenth Century Forgeries," The Book Collector's Quarterly 15 (July-September 1934): 1-16; and tearsheets of "The Detection of a Bibliographical Forgery," an article from an unidentified periodical.

Todd, William B. (1 of 2) , 1959   [Box 2 F102]

4 items

Two copies of "T. J. Wise at the Turnbull," an article from an unidentified periodical; and "The Supplement: Thomas J. Wise: Centenary Studies," The Texas Quarterly 2 (Winter 1959), 129 pages with separate pagination; and reprint of "Swinburne Manuscripts at Texas," The Texas Quarterly 2 (Autumn 1959): 152-163.

Todd, William B. (2 of 2) , 1968-1974   [Box 2 F103]

3 items

"Some Wiseian Ascriptions in the Wrenn Catalogue," The Library 5th ser., 23 (June 1968): 96-107; offprint of "Review of The Ashley Library," The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 67 (2nd qtr 1973): 203-205.; and "Unfamiliar Collections II: The Wrenn Library," The Library Chronicle of the University of Texas at Austin n.s. 8 (Fall 1974): 73-81.

Trilling, Lionel , 1945   [Box 2 F104]

1 item

"An International Episode [review of] Letters of Thomas J. Wise to John Henry Wrenn," The Nation (13 January 1945): 47-48.

Whitehead, John , 1973   [Box 2 F105]

1 item

Photocopy of chapter 10 on Wise from This Solemn Mockery: The Art of Literary Forgery. London: Arlington Books, 1973.

Wilson, Edmund , 1944   [Box 2 F106]

1 item

"A New 'Curiosity of Literature': The Exploits of Thomas J. Wise," The New Yorker (23 December 1944): 54-58.

Winterich, John T. , 1939   [Box 2 F107]

1 item

"The Compleat Collector," The Saturday Review 20 (30 September 1939): 18.

Various individuals , 1934-1992   [Box 7 F107A]

10 items

Includes "A Forgery Bombshell" by Anthony Powell published in The Daily Telegraph, 1983 October 14; various forgery related correspondence and advertisements, particularly in regard to Carter and Pollard's Enquiry; C. J. Hindle's 1934 receipt for Enquiry from Bernard Quaritch; and a copy of "The Wise Forgeries," published in The Southwest Review circa 1946.

Subseries I.E. Auction catalogs and exhibits related to Thomas J. Wise and the Wise-Forman forgeries
Subseries I.E.1. Auction catalogs , 1972-1978

Auction catalogs for individuals and books related to Thomas J. Wise and the Wise-Forman forgeries.

Bernard Quaritch, Ltd., No. 979 , 1977   [Box 2 F108]

3 items

Includes original and partial photocopy of English Literature Printed After 1700 and Associated Items. Also includes photocopy of book listed in catalog, Letters from John Ruskin to William Ward. London: Privately Printed, 1893, a two-volumes-in-one edited by Thomas Wise.

Sotheby & Co. (London) , 1972   [Box 2 F109]

2 items

Includes catalogs of printed books for the sale of February 14-15, 1972 (Professor E. N. Da C. Andrade), and the sale of April 10, 1972 (Mrs. Madeleine Buxton Holmes).

Sotheby & Co. (London) , 1972   [Box 2 F110]

1 item

Includes catalog of printed books for the sale of June 26-27, 1972, that included property of Mrs. Madeleine Buxton Holmes.

Sotheby & Co. (London) , 1976   [Box 2 F111]

2 items

Includes catalogs of printed books for the sale of March 22-23, 1976 (Dr. A. N. L. Munby), and sale of April 5, 1976 (Dr. A. N. L. Munby).

Sotheby & Co. (London) , 1977   [Box 3 F112]

1 item

Includes catalog for sale of July 28-29, 1977, including property of Graham Pollard.

Sotheby's (London) , 1978   [Box 3 F113]

2 items

Two copies of sales catalog for February 27, 1978, including property of T. A. Wise.

Sotheby's (London) , 1978   [Box 3 F114]

1 item

Catalog of printed books for sale of July 3-4, 1978 (Graham Pollard).

Subseries I.E.2. Exhibitions

Wise After the Event -John Sullivan correspondence , 1954-1967   [Box 3 F115]

6 items

John Sullivan was apparently the previous owner of the Pariser collection, which formed the basis for the 1964 exhibition organized by the Manchester Public Libraries, Wise After the Event.

Correspondence sent to John Sullivan. Includes two letters from D. I. Colley and G. E. Haslam, curators of the exhibition; two handwritten letter from Maurice Pariser, along with reprint of article on Wise by Pariser inscribed to Sullivan ; and Autumn/Winter 1967 issue of The Manchester Review containing Pariser's obituary.

Wise After the Event - proof copies , 1964   [Box 3 F116]

2 items

Two proof copies of the catalog containing extensive note and revisions.

Wise After the Event - catalog , 1964   [Box 3 F117]

2 items

Includes Frank Tober's copy of the catalog with his handwritten notes laid in, accompanied by a copy of the exhibition brochure. John Sullivan's copy of the deluxe edition of the catalog, inscribed to him by Maurice Pariser, was removed and cataloged (Spec. Coll. Z1024 .W57x 1964 copy 3)

Wise After the Event - Transcripts of Wise letters (1 of 2) , 1964   [Box 3 F118]

37 pp.

Handwritten and typescript transcriptions of Thomas J. Wise letters to Edmund Gosse, prepared in conjunction with the exhibition. Also includes manuscript entries from the Ashley Library.

Wise After the Event - Transcripts of Wise letters (2 of 2) , 1964   [Box 3 F119]

82 pp.

Handwritten and typescript transcriptions of Thomas J. Wise letters to Edmund Gosse.

Wise After the Event - Maurice Pariser , 1934-1965   [Box 3 F120]

6 items

Maurice Pariser (1906-1968) was a Manchester solicitor and book collector whose Wise collection formed the basis for the 1964 exhibition Wise After the Event.

Includes one letter to Pariser from W. D. Paden with original mailing envelope, accompanied by a reprint of Paden's 1965 article "Tennyson's The Lover's Tale, R. H. Shepherd, and T. J. Wise," inscribed to Pariser. Also includes an offprint and original mailing envelope of "The Early Poems of George Crabbe and The Lady's Magazine", inscribed to Pariser by Graham Pollard; and the 8th annual report of the Henry E. Huntington Library, 1934-1935, with note on Carter and Pollard An Enquiry and the library's holdings of Wise pamphlets.

Relicks of Infamy, Literary Forgeries from the Four Oaks Library of Donald and Mary Hyde, 1981   [Box 3 F121]

3 items

Exhibition held at Princeton University Library in October 1981.

Includes specially-bound copy of the invitation to the October 30, 1981 opening, and a bound collection of photographs of the installation with label text. A poster created for the exhibition was removed to oversize.

Subseries I.F. Other Materials related to Thomas J. Wise and the Wise-Forman forgeries
Subseries I.F.1. Gabriel Wells (1862-1946)

Gabriel Wells was Wise's staunchest defender, publishing , The Carter-Pollard Disclosures, in 1934 to refute the accusations against Wise made by Carter and Pollard.

American bookseller and collector .

Correspondence   [Box 3 F122]

54 letters

Wells sent his pamphlet to many librarians, booksellers, collectors and other, receiving a variety of written responses from many of them, including Richard Curle, Estelle Doheny, Christian Gauss, Charles Heartman, Mitchell Kennerley, A. Edward Newton, Wilfred Partington, and Herbert Putnam. Also included is a 1926 issue of The American Collector containing a profile of Gabriel Wells by Johan Carl Buettner.

Subseries I.F.2. John Carter (1905-1975)

British author, antiquarian bookseller and collector. With Graham Pollard, wrote 1934 exposé of H. Buxton Forman and Thomas J. Wise, An Enquiry into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth Century Pamphlets.

Promotional broadside and prospectus for An Enquiry, 1934   [Box 3 F123]

3 items

Two variant copies of the original publisher's prospectus with bookseller's stamps, and one broadside promotional flyer for Carter and Pollard, An Enquire, all from 1934.

Birkbeck, J. A. , 1938   [Box 3 F124A]

4 items

One letter from Carter and three letters from Pollard to Birbeck regarding typographical questions about An Enquiry.

Brimmell, R. A. , 1967   [Box 3 F124B]

1 item

One letter from Carter regarding a recent catalog issued by Brimmell.

Correspondence related to publication of Mr. Churchill in 1940, 1959-1962   [Box 3 F125]

4 items

Letter to Carter from John Murray, publisher of the book. Also includes letter from Adlai E. Stevenson accompanied by carbon copy of Carter's initial letter to Stevenson, and a letter to Carter from Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Grolier Club , 1959   [Box 3 F126]

9 items

Correspondence and other materials relating to a 1959 Grolier Club dinner. Includes three printed menus for the event.

Halcyon Pamphlet #5 (The Sinews of Peace) , 1965   [Box 3 F127]

John Carter served as general editor for the Halcyon Booklets series.

Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and editorial materials pertaining to the publication of Winston Churchill, The Sinews of Peace (New York, 1965).

Paden, William Doremus, 1903- , 1934-1964   [Box 3 F128]

Kansas-based Tennyson scholar who taught at the University of Kansas.

Miscellaneous bibliographical information and correspondence between Carter and W. D. Paden concerning Paden's Tennyson research. Materials removed from Carter's copy of Thomas J. Wise, A Bibliography of the Writings of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (London: [s.n.], 1908), cataloged as Spec. Coll. Z1024 .W57 todd407b.

Randall, David , 1933-1945   [Box 3 F129]

8 items

Charles Scribner's Sons in New York.

Four letters from Carter to Randall, including a copy of Carter's article, "Thomas J. Wise and His Forgeries," inscribed by author to Randall. Also includes three letters to Randall from other individuals, including Fannie Ratchford.

Swan, Bradford F. , 1958-1967   [Box 3 F130]

4 items

Critic for The Providence Journal.

Includes Carter's 1958 Christmas card to Swan with mailing envelope, and letter dated December 20, 1967, with mailing envelope

Thomas, Alan , 1967-1969   [Box 3 F131]

Postcard and letter from Carter to Thomas.

Weeks, Donald , 1957-1967   [Box 3 F132]

Four letters exchanged by Carter and Weeks concerning Frederick Rolfe. Also includes newspaper clippings and Carter's typescript review of Cecil Woolf, A Bibliography of Frederick Rolfe, Baron Corvo (1957), originally laid in Carter's copy of the book (cataloged as Spec. Coll. Z8756.7 .W6 1957).

Wellington, Irene (1904-1984) , 1968-1972   [Box 3 F133]

British calligrapher who was a former student and class assistant of Edward Johnston.

Correspondence, press releases, and other materials related to 1972 Edward Johnston exhibition. Includes materials related to other exhibits and the Society of Scribes and Illuminators.

Miscellaneous correspondence , 1948-1969   [Box 3 F134]

6 items

Two invoices from Blackwell's (Oxford) and two letters with mailing envelopes from Carter.

"Publisher's Binding in America" , 1938-1939   [Box 3 F135]

2 items

Typescript carbon copy of article with Carter's autograph pencil notation at top. Also includes letter from Douglas Leighton (The Leighton-Straker Bookbinding Company) dated March 16, 1939.

"Lowdown on Thomas J. Wise" , 1974 April 24   [Box 3 F136]

1 item

Typescript carbon copy of Carter's review of Wilfred Partington's Thomas J. Wise in the Original Cloth, written for the journal Books and Bookmen.

Three Carter articles on Wise , 1937-1967   [Box 3 F137]

3 items

Includes "Thomas J. Wise," The Spectator (May 21, 1937): 954-955; tearsheets of "Thomas J. Wise and His Forgeries," Atlantic Monthly, 93-100, inscribed by Carter "PHM from JWC," from the reference library of Deval and Muir; and tearsheets of "Thomas J. Wise and His Forgeries," Auction 1 (1967): 2-3.

"How We Got Wise" , 1970 March 8   [Box 3 F138]

1 item

Article appeared in a special forgery issue of The Sunday Times Magazine (London), March 8, 1970, 38-44. The issue was removed to oversize.

Carter publications on the Wise forgeries , 1945-1969   [Box 3 F139]

7 items

Seven articles by Carter on the Wise forgeries. Includes two copies of a special issue of AB Bookman's Weekly (January 22, 1968) devoted to the Pariser sale of Wiseiana. One offprint of article by Carter and Pollard, "T. J. Wise and H. Buxton Forman: Further Light on the 19th-Century Pamphlets," Times Literary Supplement June 1, 1946, inscribed by Carter to Carroll Wilson in June 1946, was removed to oversize.

Newspaper clippings related to Wise , 1934-1965   [Box 3 F140]

Various newspaper clippings, including Carter's article, "Thomas J. Wise," The Spectator (May 21, 1937): 954-955.

Invitation for Carter lecture on Wise , 1965 April 20   [Box 3 F141]

1 item

Printed invitation for lecture, "Thomas J. Wise: A Backward Glance," delivered at the Caxton Club on April 20, 1965, by Carter.

The Monotype Recorder, 1932   [Box 3 F142]

1 item

Special issue (vol. 21, September-October 1932) devoted to "The Times and its New Roman Type."

"Stanley Morison 1889-1967" by James Moran , 1967-1968   [Box 3 F143]

7 items

James Moran essay for special issue of The Monotype Recorder (Vol. 43, no. 3, 1968). Includes copy of the issue and correspondence between Carter and Moran

"Stanley Morison's Type" by John Carter , 1972   [Box 3 F144]

1 item

October 1972 issue of Books and Bookmen containing Carter's article.

"The Work of Stanley Morison" by James Wells , 1960   [Box 3 F145]

2 items

Carter's copy of the August 1960 issue of The Newberry Library Bulletin (vol. 5, no. 5) inscribed by James Wells. A photocopy typescript draft of the article containing corrections and annotations by Wells and Carter was removed to oversize.

"Bibliography and the Rare Book Trade" by John Carter , 1954   [Box 3 F146]

1 item

Issue of The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 48 (1954) containing Carter's article.

"The Industrialization of American Bookbinding" by Joseph W. Rogers , 1938   [Box 3 F147]

1 item

Carter's copy of offprint of article appearing in Sonderabzug aus dem Gutenberg-Jahrbuch (1938). Carter's handwritten notes appear in margins.

Subseries I.F.3. John F. R. Collins

Collins was co-author with Nicolas Barker of the second edition of Carter and Pollard, An Enquiry. He worked at Sotheby's (London) rare book division in the early 1980s, and Maggs Bros. Ltd. (London rare book dealer) in late 1980s.

Correspondence , 1981-1989   [Box 3 F148]

Correspondence between Collins and Frank Tober. Includes photocopies of some Wise-Forman materials and mailing envelopes. Also includes discussion of Tober's contribution to the new edition of An Enquiry.

Photocopy of typescript of The Two Forgers (1 of 2) , 1991-1992   [Box 3 F149]

pp. 1-160

Pages numbered in pencil

Photocopy of typescript of The Two Forgers (2 of 2) , 1991-1992   [Box 3 F150]

pp. 161-321, plus 43 illustrations

Pages numbered in pencil. Forty-three unnumbered photocopy illustrations follow the last numbered page.

Proof copy of The Two Forgers, 1992   [Box 3 F151]

pp. I-xiii; 1-304

Published by Oak Knoll Press and Scolar Press.

Subseries I.F.4. Roger Lewis

Galley proofs for Thomas J. Wise and the Trial Book Fallacy (1 of 2) , 1994   [Box 3 F152]

pp. I-xxii; 1-96

Published by Scolar Press and Ashgate Publishing Co.

Galley proofs for Thomas J. Wise and the Trial Book Fallacy (2 of 2) , 1994   [Box 3 F153]

pp. 97-234

Subseries I.F.5. William B. Todd (William Burton)

Much of the material is from Todd's personal collection, and many of the articles, pamphlets, and other publications are inscribed to him by the various authors.

Correspondence , 1958-1994   [Box 4 F154]

Includes correspondence between Todd and Tober on Wiseian matters, four letters from Todd to Robert Fleck, and a letter to James Jaffe about a Wise forgery .

Publications related to Wise , 1962-1965   [Box 4 F155]

3 items

Includes one issue of Constable's Bibliographical List with price and critical reviews of Carter and Pollard's An Enquiry. Also includes issue no. 4 and no. 7 of volume 2 of The Guildhall Miscellany (October 1962 and September 1965), containing articles derived from Todd's handlist of Wise forgeries.

Publications by Todd , 1952-1984   [Box 4 F156]

13 items

Includes offprints and reprints of articles and exhibition catalogs authored by Todd.

Assorted publications I , 1949-1962   [Box 4 F157]

18 items

Includes articles by Nicolas Barker, William H. Bond, Fredson T. Bowers, Herbert Davis, Philip Gaskell, Allen T. Hazen, James M. Osborn, and Jacob Zeitlin. Almost all of the articles and offprints are inscribed to Todd by the author.

Assorted publications II , 1963-1981   [Box 4 F158]

13 items

Includes articles by Anne Henry Ehrenpreis, Philip Gaskell, Lloyd Hibberd, Gordon N. Ray, and James E. Walsh. Also includes March-April 1981 issue of ARAMCO World Magazine with a special section on "Arabic and the Art of Printing." A few of the articles are inscribed to Todd by the author.

Subseries I.G. Miscellaneous

Bibliographies by Thomas J. Wise , circa 1919   [Box 4 F159]

2 items

Includes a section from Wise's A Bibliography of the Writings in Prose and Verse of Algernon Charles Swinburne [London: Printed for Private Circulation, 1919], and a bound typescript with numerous manuscript additions that appears to be an early version of A Bibliography of the Writings in Prose and Verse of Walter Savage Landor, by Thomas J. Wise and Stephen Wheeler, also published in 1919.

Newspaper clippings--Ashley Library and Wise , 1923-1970   [Box 4 F160]

Numerous newspaper clippings about Wise's Ashley Library, dated both before and after Wise's death. Includes notices and reviews of his published catalogs of the library, the British Museum's purchase of the Ashley Library from Wise's estate, and reactions after the discovery of his forgeries. Also includes a signed copy of John Carter's "How We Got Wise," The Sunday Times Magazine (London) March 8, 1970, pp. 38-44, with Carter's note "P.S. The BM has thrown away the Wise book cases." The Carter article was removed to oversize.

Newspaper clippings--Carter and Pollard, An Enquiry, 1946-1984   [Box 4 F161]

Various reviews and discussions about Carter and Pollard's An Enquiry, including T. A. J. Burnett's 1984 review of both the Carter-Pollard publication and A Sequel by Nicolas Barker and John Collins.

Newspaper clippings--Wilfred Partington , 1947-1949   [Box 4 F162]

Numerous reviews and printed letters debating the merits of Partington's conclusions in his book, Thomas J. Wise in the Original Cloth.

Newspaper clippings--Printed letters and articles about Wise , 1934-1964   [Box 4 F163]

Includes a typescript list of letters and articles with dates, mostly from The Times Literary Supplement.

Newspaper clippings--Wise and the Wise-Forman forgeries , 1937-1975   [Box 4 F164]

Numerous essays, reviews, and articles from a variety of sources concerning Thomas J. Wise, H. Buxton Forman, and their forgeries. Includes John Carter's 1937 obituary of Thomas J. Wise, and the 1975 obituary of John Carter.

Bibliographical information compiled by Frank W. Tober   [Box 4 F165]

Includes Tober's lists of publications on Wise with prices.

Miscellaneous materials , 1946-1980   [Box 4 F166]

Includes Wise-related lecture notices, pamphlets, broadsides, and handwritten notes gathered by Tober.

Images of Thomas J. Wise , 1920-1930   [Box 8 F166A]

A 1930 Norman James framed etching of Wise, numbered 5 of 35 and signed by the artist. Also included are two signed photogravures of Wise originally sent with a note to Uriah Maggs.

Series II. Other forgeries
Subseries II.A. Frederic Prokosch (1908-1989)

Materials collected by Frank Tober related to Prokosch's so-called "Butterfly Books" forgeries.

Frederic Prokosch was a well-regarded American novelist, translator and poet.

Correspondence , 1948-1972   [Box 4 F1]

Includes correspondence with Norman Unger, John Carter (Sotheby's), Jocelyn Baines (Quaritch), and Lord John Kerr (Sotheby's). The letters from 1972 were written by Prokosch shortly after he was exposed as a forger, and contain details of his forgeries. Also included are photocopies of these items.

Photocopies of materials not in Tober collection   [Box 4 F2]

Includes a one-page manuscript, "Statement by F. P." with Prokosch's history of the Butterfly books and regrets for producing the forged pamphlets. One sheet contains textual corrections apparently in the hand of John Carter.

Auction catalogs , 1969-1970   [Box 4 F3]

3 items

Includes three Sotheby catalogs for sales that included Prokosch's Butterfly Books.

Auction catalogs , 1971-1972, 1990   [Box 4 F4]

3 items

Includes two Sotheby catalogs for sales that included Prokosch's Butterly Books, and a 1990 Bloomsbury Book Auctions catalog containing books from Prokosch's library.

Prokosch photographs   [Box 4 F5]

2 photographs

Includes two photographs of Prokosch, one with his autograph note on its verso.

Frank Tober's "A Local Forger" , 1989   [Box 4 F6]

Includes several handwritten and typescript drafts for Tober's article on Prokosch, "A Local Forger," for the Delaware Bibliophiles Endpapers. Also includes two copies of the September 1989 issue containing the article.

Tober's article notes   [Box 4 F7]

Includes copies of 1989 obituary for Prokosch, and various photocopies and notes relating to Prokosch and his forged pamphlets.

Miscellaneous   [Box 4 F8]

Includes correspondence and invoices related to Tober's acquisition of Prokosch items.

Subseries II.B. Forgery examples and forgery-related ephemera

Comprises individual examples of forgeries including a Spanish forgery of an illuminated manuscript, correspondence and ephemera related to forgery, and correspondence by forgers and experts, all collected by Tober.

Forgeries--Burr, Franklin, Henry, Howe   [Box 4 F9]

Includes examples of letter and manuscript forgeries of Aaron Burr, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, and Julia Ward Howe.

Forgeries--John Milton   [Box 4 F10]

Materials related to two purported John Milton documents, including correspondence and facsimile documents.

Forgeries--Edgar Allen Poe   [Box 4 F11]

Includes two forged Poe manuscripts with related correspondence regarding the authenticity (or lack thereof) of the documents.

Spanish forgery of illuminated manuscript, circa 1910   [Box 8 F11A]

Newspaper facsimiles   [Box 4 F12]

Newspaper facsimiles were not originally published to deceive.

Includes four newspaper facsimiles and related materials. The facsimiles of the Ulster County Gazette (January 4, 1800), the Philadelphia Public Ledger (March 25, 1863), the Gazette of the United States (May 2, 1789), and The Pittsburgh Commercial (April 15, 1865), were removed to oversize.

Ephemera related to Abraham Lincoln forgeries   [Box 4 F13]

Material related to forgery of Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address," including correspondence and a facsimile.

Ireland, William Henry (1777-1835) , 1811 February 18   [Box 4 F14]

1 item

Shakespeare forger.

Letter from Ireland to Messrs. Vernon Hood.

Ireland, Samuel (d. 1800) , 1790 September 21   [Box 4 F15]

2 items

Artist, devoted Shakespeare collector, and father of William Henry Ireland.

Two autograph designs for bookplates for Sarah Fairfaxe by Samuel Ireland. Both are dated by the artist.

Perrault, Alph. , 1867 May   [Box 4 F16]

1 item

Autograph dated manuscript of Perrault's play about the poet and forger Thomas Chatterton, entitled "Chatterton mourant: drames en un acte et en vers."

Printed by Charles Whiting…   [Box 4 F17]

2 items

Single sheet printed in color on both sides by Charles Whiting, London. Appears to be a specimen of printing intended to prevent forgery. Accompanied by dealer's description.

Subseries II.C. Publications on forgery , 1912-1994

Publications on forgers and forgeries. These are listed alphabetically by author (when known) and title of article when not identified.

Bliss, Anthony , 1980   [Box 4 F18]

1 item

"Caveat Lector," excerpt from the newsletter of the Friends of the Milnor Library [1980]: 3-5.

Bunner, H. C. , 1912   [Box 4 F19]

1 item

"The Great Swinburnian Hoax," The Bookman 36 (December 1912): 425-429.

Curtis, Gregory , 1989   [Box 4 F20]

1 item

"Forgery Texas Style," Texas Monthly 17 (March 1989): 104-109.

Dickey, Franklin , 1960   [Box 4 F21]

1 item

Offprint of "The Old Man at Work: Forgeries in the Stationers' Register," Shakespeare Quarterly 11 (Winter 1960): 39-48.

"The Fortsas Library" , 1915   [Box 4 F22]

1 item

The Miscellany 2 (October 1915): 37-50.

Hoag, Paul F. , 1936   [Box 4 F23]

1 item

"Why All the Alarm About Forgeries?" Autographs 1 (December 1936): 8-10.

Holstein, Mark   [Box 4 F24]

1 item

Tearsheets of "A Five-Foot Shelf of Literary Forgeries," The Colophon n.s. 2 (n.d.): 550-567.

Jackson, William A. , 1946   [Box 4 F25]

1 item

"Fakes and Forgeries," printed speech delivered at the Regular Meeting of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, dated October 9, 1946 .

Larson, Jennifer S. , 1989   [Box 4 F26]

1 item

"When the Authenticity of an Item is in Doubt," AB Bookman's Weekly 83 (March 27, 1989): 1397-1403; also includes in same issue "Questioned Imprints--A Preliminary Report," pp. 1404-1407.

Madgwick, Marjorie , 1963   [Box 4 F27]

1 item

"George Psalmanazar. . . Literary Imposter," Books no. 346 (March-April 1963): 79-80.

Munby, A. N. L. , 1969   [Box 4 F28]

1 item

"The Earl and the Thief: Lord Ashburnham and Count Libri," Harvard Library Bulletin 17 (January 1969): 5-21.

"New England's Most Famous Imposters, Hoaxes, and Frauds" , 1989   [Box 4 F29]

1 item

Special issue of Yankee 53 (September 1989).

Salt Lake City Messenger, 1988   [Box 4 F30]

2 items

Issue no. 68 (July 1988) and no. 69 (September 1988) of newsletter contains articles on Mark Hofmann and Mormon forgeries.

Schimmel, Stuart B. , 1979   [Box 4 F31]

1 item

"Living with Forgers (The First Robert F. Metzdorf Memorial Lecture)," The University of Rochester Library Bulletin 32 (Winter 1979): 41-60.

Silver, Joel , 1994   [Box 4 F32]

1 item

"Modern Printed Forgeries: Some Basic Sources," AB Bookman's Weekly 93 (March 28, 1994): 1333-1342.

Somers, Wayne , 1989   [Box 4 F33]

1 item

Three reviews of books about the Mormon forgeries of Mark Hofmann in The Book Source Monthly 4 (February 1989): 9-13.

Taylor, W. Thomas , 1988   [Box 4 F34]

Photocopy of typescript speech, "Abridged version of a talk given to the Friends of the University of Texas by W. Thomas Taylor, September, 1988." Includes handouts and bibliographic materials.

Wakefield, Sherman Day , 1955   [Box 4 F35]

"Abraham Lincoln and the Bixby Letter," The Amateur Book Collector 6 (October 1955): 1-8.

Series III. Miscellaneous letters and documents , 1801-1960

This series comprises a small group of authentic letters and documents collected by Tober, including several letters from members of the Pre-Raphaelites.

Burne-Jones, Edward Coley, Sir, 1833-1898   [Box 5 F1]

1 item

Well-known Pre-Raphaelite painter and designer.

One undated letter to "My dear Mrs. Coronio"

Du Pont, H. A. (Henry Algernon), 1838-1926 , 1888 January 25   [Box 5 F2]

2 items

"Colonel Henry" Du Pont was a Civil War veteran and two-time U. S. Senator from Delaware.

Letter to Alexis du Pont on Winterthur letterhead, accompanied by Tober's autograph transcription of letter.

Dyce, Alexander, 1798-1869   [Box 5 F3]

2 items

Scottish curate, literary historian, Shakespeare scholar and editor.

Undated letter to John Bruce, and undated letter to Robert Turner.

George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820 , 1801 February 2   [Box 5 F4]

2 items

Addressed to the Lord Mayor of London concerning the collection for the poor, accompanied by Tober's 1966 autograph transcription of the document.

Gill, Eric, 1882-1940 , 1937 September 6   [Box 5 F5]

1 item

British typeface designer, printmaker, and sculptor associated with the Arts and Crafts movement.

Postcard to Stanley Iveson.

Gosse, Edmund, 1849-1928 , 1882-1926   [Box 5 F6]

5 items

Poet, author, and chief librarian of the House of Lords.

Three letters by Gosse, and a notecard with original mailing envelope.

Hunt, William Holman, 1827-1910 , 1896 April 19   [Box 5 F7]

5 items

British painter who was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite movement.

Includes one letter by Hunt, a letter to Tober from Bob Fiene of Wilder Books, and dealer information and invoice on the Hunt letter.

Lefferts, Marshall C., 1848-1928 , 1886 February 22   [Box 5 F8]

American celluloid manufacturer, art and book collector.

One letter from Lefferts, accompanied by Tober's transcript of the letter and three print reproductions related to his Civil War military service, including two portraits of Lefferts. Also includes Tober's notes on sale of the Lefferts library.

Locker-Lampson, Frederick, 1821-1895 , November 15   [Box 5 F9]

1 item

British poet and collector. His son-in-law is Augustine Birrell.

One letter dated November 15, no year.

Lucas, Edward Verrall, 1868-1938 , 1924 February 26   [Box 5 F10]

1 item

British essayist and author, writer for Punch and chairman of publisher Methuen and Co.

Postcard to Miss H. Ernestine Ripley.

Meynell, Francis, 1891-1975 , 1926-1927   [Box 5 F11]

6 items

British poet and printer at The Nonesuch Press.

Correspondence between Meynell and Charles Tubbs, including a typescript letter on The Nonesuch Press letterhead to Tubbs. Also includes clipping from the Saturday Review of Literature dated December 4, 1926, of Louis Untermeyer's article about The Nonesuch Press.

Morris, May, 1862-1938 , 1918 October 9   [Box 5 F12]

1 item

British embroiderer and embroidery designer. Younger daughter of William Morris and Jane Burden. Ex-wife of H. Halliday Sparling, one-time secretary of the Kelmscott Press.

One letter to Mrs. Jacks.

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882   [Box 5 F13]

1 item

British painter and co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

One undated letter.

Rossetti, William Michael, 1829-1919 , 1887-1907   [Box 5 F14]

4 items

Original member of Pre-Raphaelites, brother of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Postcard to W. Kineton Parkes with dealer's note, and letter to Colles with dealer's description.

Ruskin, John, 1819-1900 , 1875   [Box 5 F15]

6 items

British writer and art critic.

Three letters from Ruskin, accompanied by portrait of Ruskin and dealer's descriptions.

Upcott, William, 1779-1845 , 1835-1845   [Box 5 F16]

Antiquary and autograph collector.

Letter to Mr. Skaggs dated June 29, 1835, accompanied by clipping of Upcott's obituary of September 23, 1845, and an 1836 lithographic portrait of Upcott. Tober's handwritten notes on Upcott also included.

Yeats, Elizabeth Corbet, 1868-1940 , 1938 October 18   [Box 5 F17]

1 item

Sister of W. B. Yeats. Printer at Dun Emer Press and Cuala Press.

Letter to "Otway Smithers" on Cuala Press stationery.

Photocopy of Olga Kerensky typescript (1 of 2) , circa 1960   [Box 5 F18]

Wife of Alexander Kerensky.

Photocopy of corrected typescript. Includes photocopy of undated handwritten essay by Vladas Stanka.

Photocopy of Olga Kerensky typescript (2 of 2) , circa 1960   [Box 5 F19]

Oversize 28   [Box 6]