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A.C. McClurg & Co. Letters from F. G. Browne to C. F. Cazenove


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A.C. McClurg & Co.

A.C. McClurg & Co. was an American publisher and book distributor based in Chicago, best known for its publication of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan of the Apes novels beginning in 1914, as well as for publishing the literary magazine the Dial from 1880 until 1892. Operating under the name Jansen, McClurg & Co. until 1886, the firm published its first book in 1873 and became one of the country's largest book distributors by the 1880s, remaining in business until 1962.

Consists of business correspondence from F. G. Browne on behalf of the Publishing Department at A.C. McClurg & Co.'s Chicago office to the firm's London-based literary agent C. F. (Charles Francis) Cazenove. There are 47 letters from 1905 and 1906 with topics including the sale of American titles in England, obtaining English copyrights, financial accounts between the two parties, requests for information about the standing of the British book trade, and other matters related to publishing. Several letters pertain to Cazenove's commission for the placement of W. E. B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk; obtaining English contracts for Marah Ellis Ryan's For the Soul of Rafael and C. Bryson Taylor's Nicanor, Teller of Tales; and a financial dispute with Richard Marsh (Richard Bernard Heldmann). Also present are several loose items, including an advance proof of the firm's Fall 1905 order list, a typed page of American reviews of For the Soul of Rafael, and a draft table of contents for Historic Illinois by Randall Parrish.

Arranged chronologically.

Purchase, 2017 (AM 2017-105).

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in March 2017. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in March 2017.

No materials were separated during 2017 processing.

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Collection Inventory

Letters from F. G. Browne to C. F. Cazenove, 1905. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letters from F. G. Browne to C. F. Cazenove, 1906. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Publishing Ephemera, 1905-1906. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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