A.J.A. Symons letters, 1926-1937
- Symons, A. J. A. (Alphonse James Albert), 1900-1941
- Physical Description:
- 7 items
- Additional Creators:
- Green-Armytage, R. N. (Robert N.), -1966 and McCall, H. W. L.
- Restrictions on Access:
- Unrestricted access.
- The collection includes seven letters from A.J.A. Symons: to R.N. Green-Armytage, 13 Sept. 1926, thanking him for a gift; to Green-Armytage, 31 Dec. 1934, thanking him for comments about Corvo with mention of other writers; to Dear sir or madam, 20 April 1936, asking for help in the cause of book collector P.H. Muir, bankrupted by libel; four letters to H.W.L. McCall, 1935-1937, on various transactions concerning the First Editions Club. All on First Editions Club letterhead, except for Dear sir or madam, on personal letterhead designed by Symons.
- In Rare Books and Manuscripts, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA (#1970-0064R/VF Lit)
- Source of Acquisition:
- Purchased from A.W. Laywood, 1970.
- Administrative History:
- Alphonse James Albert Symons was born in a suburb of London and privately educated, until apprenticed to a furrier at age fourteen. With little experience in the book trade, he founded the First Editions Club, and soon published a bibliography of William Butler Yeats. An avid collector, he was editor of the Book-Collector's Quarterly, establishing himself as an authority on literature of the 1890s with essays and lectures. He wrote several biographies, notably The Quest for Corvo, an innovative work which emphasized his search for information about his subject.
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