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Bruce Garland collection of Thomas Wise material

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Until his retirement in 2006, Bruce Garland served the state of New Jersey in a variety of capacities, including Deputy Attorney General, Executive Director of the New Jersey Racing Commission, and Sr. Vice President for Racing of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority. Garland began book collecting in 1971, with a particular interest in literary forgeries.

Garland became acquainted with Frank Tober's collection of literary forgeries, which was donated to the University of Delaware Library in 1995, and Garland wished to supplement Tober's collection with additional material relating to Thomas J. Wise and Wiseian scholarship.

Garland received his bachelor's degree and juris doctorate from Wake Forest University and a master's degree from Rutgers University.

English bibliographer, book collector and forger Thomas J. Wise (1859-1937) remains best known for his bibliographic forgeries and piracies of works by nineteenth-century authors. Wise had earned a reputation as a highly respected bibliographer and book collector, with appointments in the Shelley Society, the Browning Society, the Bibliographical Society, and the Roxburghe Club, and his expertise on matters of authenticity had often been sought prior to his exposure as a forger.

Wise joined the firm Herman Rubeck & Co. in 1875 and worked his way to partner by the time of his retirement in 1920. Wise's first forays into the literary world and publishing were with his own writing; he produced a volume of poetry titled

Verses (1882-1883) in several issues featuring a vellum binding and several different types of paper. Wise joined the Browning Society in 1881 and the Shelley Society in 1885, through which he produced a variety of publications, including facsimiles and reprints of the authors' works.

Wise met his accomplice Henry (known as Harry) Buxton Forman (1842-1917) through the Shelley Society in 1886; Forman also was by that time a well-respected bibliographer and editor, having produced bibliographies of Shelley and Keats and the controversial

Letters of John Keats to Fanny Brawne (1876), but also had already falsified imprint dates. In 1887, the pair produced Percy Bysshe Shelley's Poems and Sonnets, with texts pirated from Edward Dowden's Life of Shelley (1886) under a false imprint and a fictitious editor. Wise and Forman then embarked on a fraudulent enterprise that produced creative and bibliographical forgeries of authors such as Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Charles Dickens, George Meredith, William Blake, and John Ruskin—works that were included in the authors' bibliographies and publishing histories. The forgeries most often involved Wise and Forman taking a work by a well-known author that had appeared in a periodical or other collection and issuing it in a pamphlet with an imprint date that preceded any known separate printing. Perhaps the pair's most well known forgery is the "1847 Reading" edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese, which claimed the poems were privately printed as a pamphlet in Reading three years prior to their first appearance in the second edition of Poems (1850).

Forman and Wise ceased producing new forgeries around the turn of the century. Wise became more involved in selling and acquiring rare and scarce publications. He began to acquire imperfect volumes, particularly of pre-Restoration drama, and replaced damaged or missing portions with leaves stolen from copies held in the British Museum; his vandalism was not discovered until the 1950s. Wise "improved" volumes both for his own library as well as for those he sold to unsuspecting collectors, such as American John Henry Wrenn, whose collection resides at the University of Texas, Austin. Wise created an eleven-volume bibliography (1922-1936) of his own collection, called the Ashley Library. Each volume features an introduction by a well-known literary figure, including Edmund Gosse, A. Edward Newton, and Augustine Birrell. The British Museum (the British Library) purchased the Ashley Library shortly after Wise's death in 1937.

After Wise and Forman ceased producing new forgeries, the remaining copies were not destroyed and instead sold throughout the 1920s by Wise's protégé-turned-bookseller Herbert Gorfin. 1934 brought the watershed publication of John Carter and Graham Pollard's

An Enquiry into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth Century Pamphlets which pointed to Wise (but did not name him) as the source of the fraudulent works. Carter and Pollard employed both bibliographic methods as well as forensic techniques to conclude that the pamphlets could not have been printed at the early dates they purported; Carter and Pollard analyzed the chemical compositions of the papers used, as well as the histories of the types employed in the pamphlets. Wise never offered a comprehensive rebuttal of the charges, and he died three years later in 1937.

Alan Bell, "Wise, Thomas James (1859-1937),"Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/36983, accessed 18 Nov 2011] Thomas James Wise (1859-1937): doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/36983Timothy Murray. "Thomas J. Wise and H. Buxton Forman: the Two Forgers."Forging a Collection: The Frank W. Tober Collection on Literary Forgery: An Exhibition. Last modified 21 December 2010 [accessed 18 November 2011]. (http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/exhibits/forgery/wise.htm).J. F. R. Collins, ‘Forman, Henry Buxton (1842-1917)',Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/33204, accessed 18 Nov 2011] Henry Buxton Forman (1842-1917): doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/33204

The Bruce Garland collection of Thomas Wise material comprises approximately 1.6 linear feet of material pertaining to English bibliographer, book collector, and forger Thomas J. Wise (1859-1937). Much of the collection's material was compiled by English bibliographer and book collector John Carter (1905-1975), who co-authored with Graham Pollard (1903-1976)

An Enquiry into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth Century Pamphlets (1934), which effectively outed Wise as a forger. The collection contains correspondence, including original correspondence of Wise's, manuscripts, page proofs, galley proofs, auction catalogs, clippings, scrapbooks, periodicals and articles, and ephemera.

The collection documents scholarly investigation into as well as bibliographic and popular interest in Wise and his forgeries and piracies, which were created generally during the period from the mid-1880s until around 1900 with collaborator Harry Buxton Forman (1842-1917). Much of the material pertains to John Carter, particularly his and Pollard's seminal 1934

Enquiry, as well as contributions to Wiseian studies from William B. Todd, John Collins, Nicolas Barker, and Fannie E. Ratchford. The forgeries have emerged as collectible bibliographic objects in their own right, as evidenced by the collection's auction and sellers' catalogs; the sales of collections such as that of Sir Maurice Pariser in 1967 and those of Forman and Wise's relatives have also contributed to the continuing interest in the forgeries throughout the twentieth century. Bruce Garland's annotations, which offer additional information about the items, can be found throughout the collection. The collection is arranged into three series: I. Correspondence; II. Manuscripts, proofs and notes; and III. Ephemera and printed material.

Series I. comprises incoming and outgoing correspondence of and related to Thomas James Wise and his forgeries. The series is arranged into two subseries. Subseries I.A. consists of mostly Wise's outgoing correspondence; incoming letters are noted. Correspondents include booksellers and collectors such as Arthur Swann and Paul Lemperly, as well as author Edmund Gosse. Subseries I.B. comprises correspondence pertaining to Wise and the Wise-Forman forgeries; topics concern collections and sales of Wiseian forgeries, such as the Maurice Pariser Collection, acquisitions of specific items, such as John Carter's copy of the Reading

Sonnets, and research inquiries. Correspondents include Wiseian scholars and bibliographers John Carter, Graham Pollard, and William B. Todd, as well as contemporaries of Wise, such as J. Alexander Symington and William Robertson Nicoll.

Series II. comprises material contributing toward research or publication projects relating to Wise and his forgeries and includes manuscripts, notes, and proof materials. Also included in this series is a typescript of John Carter's own review of his

ABC for Book Collectors, a seminal work in bibliographic study; a prospectus of Wise's A Bibliography of The Writings in Prose and Verse of George Henry Borrow and corrected page proofs of his A Bibliography of the Writings in Prose and Verse of Algernon Charles Swinburne, as well as transcriptions of material relating to Wise, notes on Wise and bibliography, and photo-reproductions of material from the University of Texas at Austin.

Series III. contains a variety of material documenting investigation of Wise and the forgeries, including various publications of Wiseian scholarship; catalogs from auction houses and booksellers, which feature Wise forgeries as well as publications on Wise by Carter and others; clippings and scrapbooks pertaining to publications on Wise, including two scrapbooks compiled by John Carter documenting reaction in the press to

An Enquiry into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth Century Pamphlets; and ephemera including advertisements for John Carter's other works, keepsakes from Roxburghe Club events, and invitations.

  1. Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons
  2. Box 2: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes
  3. Box 3: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes (1 inch)
  4. Removals: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (17 inches)
  5. Removals: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (20 inches)
  6. Removals: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (24 inches)
  7. Removals: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (28 inches)

Gift of Bruce Garland, 2010.

Processed and encoded by Maureen Cech, November 2011. Updated by Dustin Frohlich, June 2014.

The Bruce Garland collection of Thomas Wise material includes approximately 40 volumes of specimens of Wise's forgeries, bibliographies written by Wise, books about the Wise forgeries, and novels inspired by Wise's forgeries, as well as a copy of the scarce

The Gullible Papers, a contemporary parody of Wise's forgeries. Also included are association copies from the libraries of William B. Todd and John Carter. The volumes have been cataloged separately with imprints in Special Collections and can be accessed by searching DELCAT with the keywords "bruce garland collection."

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University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2011 November 16
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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Series I. comprises incoming and outgoing correspondence of and related to Thomas James Wise and his forgeries. The series is arranged into two subseries. Subseries I.A. consists of mostly Wise's outgoing correspondence; incoming letters are noted. Correspondents include booksellers and collectors such as Arthur Swann and Paul Lemperly, as well as author Edmund Gosse. Subseries I.B. comprises correspondence pertaining to Wise and the Wise-Forman forgeries; topics concern collections and sales of Wiseian forgeries, such as the Maurice Pariser Collection, acquisitions of specific items, such as John Carter's copy of the Reading

Sonnets , and research inquiries. Correspondents include Wiseian scholars and bibliographers John Carter, Graham Pollard, and William B. Todd, as well as contemporaries of Wise, such as J. Alexander Symington and William Robertson Nicoll.
Andersen, Johannes T., 1936.
Box 1 Folder F1
Gosse, Edmund, 1897.
Box 1 Folder F2
Scope and Contents

Includes typewritten letter to Gosse with autograph corrections. Also contains 1904 Gosse letter to Wise and three handwritten poems originally laid into Garland's first edition copy of Gosse's

The autumn garden with additional notes by Garland.
Hall, Edward B, 1930.
Box 1 Folder F3
Scope and Contents

Letter concerns a potential forgery; Wise writes that "the handwriting in the book is most certainly not that of the poet [Algernon Charles Swinburne]. Also he would never have written in the third person…I cannot suggest who 'A.S.' can be. Probably no one, for the thing is clearly a fake made for sale." The letter is addressed on the envelope and at the foot of the letter to Edward B. Hall, but the salutation reads "Mr. Hill."

Lemperly, Paul, 1914.
Box 1 Folder F4
Scope and Contents

Letter to book collector Paul Lemperly (1858-1939).

Roberts, W., 1924.
Box 1 Folder F5
Scope and Contents

Includes three outgoing letters from Wise to Roberts and one letter from Roberts. The correspondence concerns Shelley publications and typography.

Robson, 1916.
Box 1 Folder F6
Scope and Contents

Typescript copy. The letter was laid into Carter's copy of the Wise's Swinburne bibliography (volume 1); the letter refers to a forgery of Swinburne's "Dead Love" (not Wise's own forgery). (See also Wise's proofs of the bibliography, Series II., F36.)

Sawyer, [Charles J.], 1924.
Box 1 Folder F7
Swann, Arthur, 1923, 1927, undated.
Box 1 Folder F8
Scope and Contents

Includes an autograph letter from Wise and a transcript, as well as clippings of two of Wise's letters-to-the editor of the

Times Literary Supplement on forgeries.
Adams, Katherine Jean, 1989.
Box 1 Folder F9
Scope and Contents

This letter to Adams, the assistant director of the Barker Texas History Center, from a nephew of librarian and scholar Fannie E. Ratchford (1887-1974) discusses Ratchford's collection and work.

Brett, Oliver, Viscount Esher, 1937.
Box 1 Folder F10
Scope and Contents

Letter to book collector and bibliographer Percy Muir (1894-1979) in which Esher decides his library is full and asks Muir not to offer him more items for sale until further notice; the letter is dated approximately a month after the appearance of Pollard and Carter's

Enquiry . Also included is a clipping of a letter by Esher sent to the Times Literary Supplement that demands a rebuttal from Wise.
Carter, John, 1934-1972, undated.
Box 1 Folder F11
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include Lee Ash; Terry Belanger; H.W. Edwards; David Foxon; Eddie Gathorne-Hardy; Robert Gittings; Harold E. James; William B. Todd; Alan Thomas; George Watson; Cora Sanders; Jane Horten; Michael S[udlier], A. Cecil Clay, Esq. Correspondence with Todd includes material concerning the sale of Maurice Pariser's collection in 1967 and other related Wise matters, as well as provenance research into Carter's copy of Wise's Reading edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's

Sonnets from the Portuguese . Correspondence with A. Cecil Clay, Equ. is in regard to Fannie E. Ratchford's Letters of Thomas J. Wise to John Henry Wrenn . and was originally laid in to John Carter's annotated copy of the title SPEC z989.W8 W5x 1944
Collins, John, undated.
Box 1 Folder F12
Scope and Contents

Letter to bookseller Alan Thomas.

Dickinson, Donald, 1989-1990, undated.
Box 1 Folder F13
Scope and Contents

Dickinson wrote a biography of John Carter titled

John Carter: The Taste and Technique of a Bookman (2004). Correspondents include Dan Woodward and concern Dickinson's copy of Nicolas Barker's The Butterfly Books .
Filby, P.W[illiam], 1962-1963.
Box 1 Folder F14
Scope and Contents

Letters to Maurice Pariser which were originally laid into Pariser's copy of the Peabody Institute Library's

Crime & the Literati: Fraud & Forgery in Literature exhibition catalog, also included.
Forman, Maurice Buxton, 1940.
Box 3 Folder F114
Scope and Contents

Letter to Percy Muir.

Garland, Bruce, 2004.
Box 1 Folder F15
Scope and Contents

Email from Bishop to Garland and photocopied material regarding Wise's association with "pirate publisher," Thomas Bird Mosher.

Jennings, Richard, 1916.
Box 1 Folder F16
Nicholes, Eleanor, 1965.
Box 1 Folder F17
Scope and Contents

Letter from curator of the Harry Elkins Widener Collection to Wise scholar Lyle H. Kendall.

Nicoll, William Robertson, 1914.
Box 1 Folder F18
Scope and Contents

Letter to Mr. Stanley Hutton which offers Wise's address.

Pollard, Graham, 1966, 1974.
Box 1 Folder F19
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include Percy Muir and George Watson.

Ratchford, Fannie, 1945, 1952.
Box 1 Folder F20
Scope and Contents

Includes one letter from Ratchford to the editor of

The Atlantic Monthly responding to John Carter's review of her Between the Lines .
Symington, John Alexander, 1947.
Box 1 Folder F21
Thomas, Alan G., 1951-1967.
Box 1 Folder F22
Todd, W.B. (William Burton), 1962-1973.
Box 1 Folder F23
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include John Carter; John Collins; K.J. Garrett; and Irene Pariser. Also includes several outgoing letters from Todd to a group of Wise scholars termed the "Enquirerers."

Wells, Gabriel, 1934.
Box 3 Folder F113
Scope and Contents

Gabriel Wells, a steadfast supporter of Wise, wrote this letter of the

Saturday Review of Literature denouncing An Enquiry . In pencil across the top, the letter reads, "Do not print. Cable from Gabriel Wells to that effect," suggesting that Wells may have hesitated to see his own defense of Wise in print.

Scope and Contents

Series II. comprises material contributing toward research or publication projects relating to Wise and his forgeries and includes manuscripts, notes, and proof materials. Also included in this series is a typescript of John Carter's own review of his

ABC for Book Collectors , a seminal work in bibliographic study; a prospectus of Wise's A Bibliography of The Writings in Prose and Verse of George Henry Borrow and corrected page proofs of his A Bibliography of the Writings in Prose and Verse of Algernon Charles Swinburne , as well as transcriptions of material relating to Wise, notes on Wise and bibliography, and photo-reproductions of material from the University of Texas at Austin.
Review ofABC for Book Collectors(5th edition), undated.
Box 1 Folder F24
Scope and Contents

Carter's typescript of his review of

ABC for Book Collectors (5th edition) with his notes. Bruce Garland's note on the item states it was originally "laid into Carter's "working copy" of Todd's Centenary Studies .
"Further Light on the 19th-Century Pamphlets: A Document in Wise's Autograph", [1945].
Box 1 Folder F25
Scope and Contents

Carter's heavily corrected typescript of his and Pollard's review of Fannie Ratchford's

Between the Lines .
Review ofWise After the Eventexhibition catalog, 1966.
Box 1 Folder F26
Scope and Contents

Carter's typescript of his review of

Wise After the Event exhibition catalog, which appeared in The Book Collector ; typescript corrected by Carter. Also included is a tear sheet of the published review, also annotated by Carter. Garland's note indicates these items were laid into Carter's copy of the exhibition catalog.
Dechert, Robert, 1939.
Box 1 Folder F27
Scope and Contents

Collector Robert Dechert's review of Wilfred Partington's

Forging Ahead: The True Story of the Upward Progress of Thomas James Wise, Prince of Book Collectors, Bibliographer Extraordinary and Otherwise (1939). Corrected typescript with Dechert's signature. Bruce Garland's note indicates that Dechert was affiliated with the Boston Public Library and is mentioned in Edwin Wolf's biography of A.S.W. Rosenbach (1960).
Gallup, Donald, [1983].
Box 1 Folder F28
Scope and Contents

William Todd's copy of Gallup's review of Barker and Collins's

Sequel

to An Enquiry; minor corrections in Todd's hand.

Garland, Bruce, undated.
Box 3 Folder F108
Scope and Contents

Drafts of "Examination of an Enquiry into a Nineteenth-Century 'Shelley Fake' by Thomas J. Wise and William Roberts."

Garland's article, written for Oak Knoll as an introduction to a series of small articles marking Wiseian anniversaries, reexamined Wise's awareness of paper and typography. In these handwritten and type drafts, Garland argued against the prevailing belief that Wise was ignorant of the problems that paper and printing presented a forger.

Garland, Bruce, undated.
Box 3 Folder F109
Scope and Contents

Drafts of "Note: Forman's Response to Marillier—Found"

H. Buxton Forman's response to a Harry Marillier letter—one which represents early suspicion about one of the forgeries—is the subject of these handwritten and typed Garland drafts.

Garland, Bruce, circa 2007.
Box 3 Folder F110
Scope and Contents

Drafts of "The Wise of Texas are Upon You": The Pariser Sale

Garland wrote this essay for the fortieth anniversary of the 1967 sale of the Maurice Pariser Collection. The collection was largely obtained for the University of Texas by William B. Todd.

Garland, Bruce, undated.
Box 3 Folder F111
Scope and Contents

Drafts of "Wiseiana: An addition to

Dead Love Lore."

Drafts concerning a Richard Jennings letter, one that fits chronologically with others Garland had obtained from William B. Todd. The letter adds to the lore surrounding an event concerning Jennings and Wise, whereby Wise exchanged a forgery (not of his own) of Swinburne's

Dead Love held by Jennings with an "original"— his own spurious duplication.
Garland, Bruce, undated.
Box 3 Folder F112
Scope and Contents

Notes for article[s] on Wise frauds in Garland's hand.

Garland, Bruce, undated.
Box 3 Folder F112
Scope and Contents

Notes for article[s] on Wise frauds in Garland's hand.

Hayward, John, [1934].
Box 1 Folder F29
Scope and Contents

Typescript of Hayward's review of

An Enquiry . A note in John Carter's hand indicates the review was written for The Listener but never printed.
Roberts, W., undated.
Box 1 Folder F30
Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscript possibly in Roberts's hand of a piece concerning a forged broadside of text from Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Proposal for Putting Reform to the Vote throughout the Kingdom" (1817). According to the piece, the broadside was titled "Universal Suffrage, 1811." The manuscript quotes Wise in confirming the broadside as a fake, ironically, due to an analysis of the punches used for the type and the size of the paper on which the forgery was printed.

"Unfamiliar Collections II: The Wrenn Library", [circa 1974].
Box 1 Folder F31
Scope and Contents

Corrected photocopied typescript of Todd's piece on the Wrenn Library that appeared in

The Library Chronicle of the University of Texas at Austin n.s. 8 (Fall 1974): 73-81; also included is a photocopy of a letter to Fannie Ratchford and her requested "Excerpts from the Minutes of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas," which Todd cites in his article.
"Wise's Suppressed Statement, 19 July 1934", 1966.
Box 1 Folder F32
Scope and Contents

Todd acquired the statement that Wise had prepared in his defense in 1934 to be published in

The American Book Collector , a rebuttal that was canceled and never printed; Todd prepared four photocopies of the statement: one for himself, John Carter, Graham Pollard, and Maurice Pariser (as indicated by the initials on the title page). The photocopied statement shows Wise's autograph corrections. Also included is a brief exchange concerning the material between Todd and Carter.
"Suppressed Commentaries on the Wiseian Forgeries: An Addendum toAn Enquiry", undated.
Box 1 Folder F33
Scope and Contents

Todd's corrected typescript of the first draft. Published under the same title by the Austin Humanities Research Center in 1969.

"Suppressed Commentaries on the Wiseian Forgeries: An Addendum toAn Enquiry", 1968.
Box 1 Folder F34
Scope and Contents

Second draft with John Carter's autograph notes. Includes a letter from Carter.

Partington, Wilfred.Thomas James Wise in the Original Clothtitle page proof, circa 1939.
Box 1 Folder F35
Scope and Contents

Note in Partington's hand reads: "Enclosed a proof of the original & proper title. 'Forging Ahead' was an American bastardisation. / W.P."

A Bibliography of the Writings in Prose and Verse of Algernon Charles Swinburne(1919-1920) page proofs, 1916.
Box 1 Folder F36
Scope and Contents

Two sets of page proofs from Wise's bibliography of Swinburne concerning the entry on "Dead Love" and the forgery of the original edition; the "original" edition was a Wise forgery. Also includes an autograph letter by Wise addressed "Dear Sir" concerning the later forgery. (See also Wise's letter to Mr. Robson, Series I.A. F6.) In an envelope with John Carter's notes.

A Bibliography of The Writings in Prose and Verse of George Henry Barrowprospectus proof, circa 1914.
Box 1 Folder F37
Scope and Contents

Bears the stamp of publisher Herbert E. Gorfin.

William Todd's notes on Wise's vandalism, undated.
Box 1 Folder F38
Scope and Contents

Autograph and mimeographed notes concerning Wise's vandalism of volumes in the British Museum.

Ann Bowden class notes, 1976 and undated.
Box 1 Folder F39
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and typed notes on Wise's vandalism for courses Ann Bowden taught at the University of Texas at Austin library and information science program

Miscellaneous notes, undated.
Box 1 Folder F40
Scope and Contents

Notes on

The Richard Gullible Papers . Also included is a note from Carter's wife to him that was originally laid into the fourth volume of his copy of Wise's Ashley Catalogue .
Photo reproductions of Wise material, undated.
Box 1 Folder F41
Scope and Contents

Photo reproductions of items from the collection at the University of Texas at Austin. See also F106.

Ashley Library CatalogueVol. 6 introduction, undated.
Box 1 Folder F42
Scope and Contents

Typed copy of the introduction to the sixth volume of Wise's scarce privately printed

Ashley Library Catalogue (1925) written by A. Edward Newton. Reproduced by bibliographer Alfred P. Lee. Includes a note from Lee.
Transcriptions of Wise materials, undated.
Box 1 Folder F43
Scope and Contents

Typed copies of a 1931 letter to F. Page concerning Clement Shorter as well as a transcription of the text on Wise's bookplate. Source unknown.

Athenaeumarticle onLiterary Anecdotes of the Nineteenth Century, undated.
Box 1 Folder F44
Scope and Contents

Handwritten transcription of an extract of a piece printed in the 21 September 1895 issue of

The Athenaeum about Literary Anecdotes of the Nineteenth Century by Wise and W. Robertson Nicoll (1895).
Excerpt from A.J.K. Esdaile'sThe British Museum Library(1946), undated.
Box 1 Folder F45
Scope and Contents

Handwritten transcription of an excerpt on the British Museum Library's acquisition of Wise's Ashley Library from bibliographer A.J.K. Esdaile's 1946 history of the Library, written prior to the discovery of Wise's vandalism of the Library's volumes by William Todd and D.F. Foxon in the 1950s.

Scope and Contents

Series III. contains a variety of material documenting investigation of Wise and the forgeries, including various publications of Wiseian scholarship; catalogs from auction houses and booksellers, which feature Wise forgeries as well as publications on Wise by Carter and others; clippings and scrapbooks pertaining to publications on Wise, including two scrapbooks compiled by John Carter documenting reaction in the press to

An Enquiry into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth Century Pamphlets ; and ephemera including advertisements for John Carter's other works, keepsakes from Roxburghe Club events, and invitations.
Scope and Contents

Subseries III.A. consists of publications on Wise and Wise-Forman forgeries and includes entire journal issues, reprints, pamphlets, tear sheets, and photocopied material. Items are arranged by alphabetically by author.

Adams, Donald K., undated.
Box 1 Folder F46
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of "A Certain 4to Elegy," from

The Bibliographical Society of America (vol. 55, 3rd quarter, 1961).
Barker, Nicolas, undated.
Box 1 Folder F47
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of "So Gosse Was in It After All?" from

The Book Collector (Winter 1964).
Baughman, Roland, May 1954.
Box 1 Folder F48
Scope and Contents

"The Peccancies of J.T. Wise, et al.," in

Columbia Library Columns (vol. 3, no.3).
Physical Description

5 items

"Thomas J. Wise and His Forgeries," inAuction(vol. 1, no.3), December 1967.
Box 1 Folder F49
"Thomas J. Wise'sVerses, reprint fromThe Transactions of the Bibliographical Society(vol. 24, no.3), September 1969.
Box 1 Folder F49
Scope and Contents

Inscribed from Carter to William Todd.

"Thomas J. Wise at Sotheby's,"Bookman's Weekly, 22 January 1968.
Box 1 Folder F49
"The First Editions of T.J. Wise,"The New Yorker, 10 November 1962.
Box 1 Folder F49
Scope and Contents

Inscribed from Carter to Todd.

"How We Got Wise,"The Sunday Times Magazine, 8 March 1970.
Box 1 Folder F49
Scope and Contents

Inscribed from Carter to Alan Thomas; includes Carter's annotations.

Physical Location

Removed to SPEC MSS oversize boxes (17 inches)

Scope and Contents

Includes 3 reprints from

The Book Collector Physical Description

3 items

"Harry Buxton Forman and William Morris: A Preliminary Enquiry" (Winter 1972), 1972.
Box 1 Folder F50
Scope and Contents

William Todd's copy, inscribed from Collins.

"A Short Note on Alfred William Forman (1840-1925)" (Spring 1974), 1974.
Box 1 Folder F50
Scope and Contents

William Todd's copy; includes a note from John Collins.

"Harry Buxton Forman and His Shelley Reprints" (Winter 1974), 1974.
Box 1 Folder F50
Scope and Contents

Todd's copy; inscribed from Collins. Includes a note from John Carter.

Cox, J. Stevens, ed.T.J. Wise, Mrs. Hardy Hardy's Manuscripts, 1969.
Box 1 Folder F51
Scope and Contents

Pamphlet printed by Tougan Press consisting of 3 letters from Wise.

Cox, James T., undated.
Box 1 Folder F52
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of "A New Date for a Wiseian Forgery: Tennyson's 'Trial' Issue of

Becket (1879)" from Bibliographical Society of America , vol. 68, no. 3 (1974).
Dearden, James S., 1969.
Box 1 Folder F53
Scope and Contents

"Wise and Ruskin II," in

The Book Collector (Summer 1969). William Todd's copy with his notes; also includes a copy of Todd's address on Wise from the Turnbull Library Record (vol. 8, no. 1), May 1975.
Fletcher, Edward G., 1946.
Box 1 Folder F54
Scope and Contents

"The Proof that Forman Knew," in

The Library Chronicle of the University of Texas (vol. 2, no. 3). Laid in is a photocopy from The Sketch (February 1896) of an article that mentions the Reading Sonnets .
Fraser, Robert S., 1972.
Box 1 Folder F55
Scope and Contents

"The Rossetti Collection of Janet Camp Troxell: A Survey with Some Sidelights," in

The Princeton University Library Chronicle (vol. 33, no. 3); Carter's copy with his annotations. Includes tear sheets from a 1962 auction catalog as well as Carter's typescript of a Times Literary Supplement review of the Princeton University Library Chronicle Rossetti issue.
Scope and Contents

Includes 2 reprints from

The Book Collector . Physical Description

2 items

"Note 142 (Autumn 1960): D.G. Rossetti'sEarly Italian Poets" (Summer 1961), 1961.
Box 1 Folder F56
"William Michael Rossetti and the Wise-Forman Conspiracy: A Footnote toA Sequel" (Spring 1987), 1987.
Box 1 Folder F56
Gallup, Donald, 1984.
Box 1 Folder F57
Scope and Contents

"The Carter and Pollard

Enquiry Fifty Years After," in The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (vol. 78). Includes an offprint of the article, inscribed by Gallup, and a photocopy of the article. Physical Description

2 items

Holstein, Mark, 1937.
Box 1 Folder F58
Scope and Contents

"A Five-Foot Shelf of Literary Forgeries," in

The Colophon: New Series (vol. 3, no. 4); inscribed by the author.
Kendall, Lyle, undated.
Box 1 Folder F59
Scope and Contents

Photocopy 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): 25-37.
Pariser, Maurice, 1959.
Box 1 Folder F60
Scope and Contents

"A T.J. Wise Collection," in

The Private Library (vol. 2, no. 6).
Schimmel, Stuart B., circa 2007.
Box 1 Folder F61
Scope and Contents

Printed copy of Schimmel's address originally printed in the

University of Rochester Library Bulletin , vol. 32 (Winter 1979).
Singer, George C., undated.
Box 1 Folder F62
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of "T.J. Wise and the Technique of Promotion," in

The Book Collector (Autumn 1962).
Physical Description

3 items

"T.J. Wise at the Turnbull,"Turnbull Library Record, [May 1975].
Box 1 Folder F63
"T.J. Wise's Later Benefactions to the Wrenn Library,"The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America(vol. 67), 1973.
Box 1 Folder F63
"An Unrecorded Wiseian Issue," inThe Book Collector(Autumn 1969), undated.
Box 1 Folder F63
Scope and Contents

Photocopy.

"A Ghostly Edition of Patmore'sThe Circles," inThe Book Collector(Autumn 1973), undated.
Box 1 Folder F63
Scope and Contents

Photocopy.

Trevanion, Michael, undated.
Box 1 Folder F64
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of "Thomas J. Wise's Descriptive Formula," from

The Book Collector (Autumn 1964).
A List of "Certain Nineteenth Century Pamphlets" in the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, 1935.
Box 1 Folder F65
The Guildhall Miscellany(vol. 2, no. 4), 1962.
Box 1 Folder F66
Scope and Contents

Featuring "A Handlist of Books in Guildhall Library associated with Thomas J. Wise." William Todd's copy; items laid in include a clipping of a

Times Literary Supplement review of the journal's issue (dated 26 October 1962) and a photocopy of the Wise article with Todd's annotations.
Peregrinusings(1924), undated.
Box 1 Folder F67
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of articles from a 1924 publication authored by "The Ex-Students' Association of the University of Texas"; the articles discuss the Wrenn Library and the catalog prepared by Wise.

Scope and Contents

Subseries III.B. includes auction and bookseller catalogs which feature Wiseian forgeries as well as publications on Wise by Carter and others.

Bernard Quaritch, Ltd. (no. 926), 1973.
Box 1 Folder F68
Scope and Contents

Special number featuring the sale of items from the library of Maurice Buxton Forman, son of Harry Buxton Forman. Catalog includes an introduction by Graham Pollard. Also included are the galley proofs of the catalog. William B. Todd's copy with his notes.

Bernard Quaritch, Ltd. (no. 995), [1975].
Box 1 Folder F69
Bertram Rota catalogue (no. 294) A.T. "Dusty" Miller, 2000.
Box 1 Folder F70
Bertram Rota catalogue (no. 290) The Biblio-Boys, 1999.
Box 1 Folder F70A
Bloomsbury Book Auctions catalog, 27 April 1995.
Box 1 Folder F71
California Book Auction Galleries (sale 188), August 1982.
Box 1 Folder F72
Bibliotheca, Bibliographica, Breslaueriana, 22 and 23 March 2005.
Box 1 Folder F73
Bibliotheca, Bibliographica, Breslaueriana, 27 and 28 June 2005.
Box 1 Folder F74
Elkin Matthews, Ltd. Promotional pamphlet, undated.
Box 1 Folder F75
Scope and Contents

Prints the text of several letters to A.W. Evans, including one from Wise.

Goodspeed's Bookshop (no. 394), circa 1938-1939.
Box 1 Folder F76
Howes Bookshop (no. 203), 2003-2004.
Box 1 Folder F76A
Scope and Contents

Todd's copy. Includes Bruce Garland's correspondence with bookseller.

James F. Drake (no. 207), 1929.
Box 1 Folder F77
Scope and Contents

Includes a number of Wise forgeries and references, as well as by Clement Shorter and Edmund Gosse.

Oak Knoll Books, [1991].
Box 1 Folder F77A
Scope and Contents

Todd's copy as identified in Garland's hand.

A Collection of Material about Thomas J. Wise and His Forgeries, undated.
Box 1 Folder F78
Mystery, Detective Fiction Dastardly Deeds, undated.
Box 1 Folder F79
Property of T.A. Wise, 27 February 1978.
Box 1 Folder F80
Scope and Contents

Featuring the sale of the property of Thomas James Wise's nephew, T.A. Wise. Specific lots have been marked.

Property of Mrs. Madeleine Buxton Holmes, 10 April 1972.
Box 2 Folder F81
Scope and Contents

Featuring the sale of the property of Maurice Buxton Forman's daughter, granddaughter of Harry Buxton Forman. Todd's copy with his annotations.

Collection of Sir Maurice Pariser (together with properties of John Carter, Graham Pollard and Mrs. R.W. Chapman), 4 and 5 December 1976.
Box 2 Folder F82
Scope and Contents

Catalog of the sale of the Pariser collection. Todd's annotated copy.

Catalog clippings and tear sheets, 1916-1984, undated.
Box 2 Folder F83
Scope and Contents

Clippings of lots from a variety of auction and booksellers' catalogs; includes items by Wise as well as by John Carter.

Scope and Contents

Subseries III.C. consists of newspaper clippings on a variety of topics pertaining to Wise and the forgeries, including book reviews, Wiseian scholars, general articles on the forgeries, obituaries of Wise, and collections such as the Wrenn Library and the Wise's Ashley Library. Also included are two scrapbooks compiled by John Carter that contain clippings from English and American newspapers on the publication of his and Pollard's

Enquiry in 1934.
General clippings on Wise/forgeries, 1945-1982, undated.
Box 2 Folder F84
Thomas Wise obituaries, 1937.
Box 2 Folder F85
Clippings on Wise's estate/Ashley Library, 1937.
Box 2 Folder F86
Clippings about John Carter, 1975, undated.
Box 2 Folder F87
Pariser Collection auction, 1967, undated.
Box 2 Folder F88
Clippings about Graham Pollard, 1976.
Box 2 Folder F89
Clippings about Fannie E. Ratchford, reviews and articles, 1944-1958.
Box 2 Folder F90
Scope and Contents

Also includes Carter's clipping of a 1956 piece on Ratchford from

The Book Collector , originally laid into his copy of Ratchford's book. The folder also includes a 1945 Times Literary Supplement review of Ratchford's Letters of Thomas Wise to John Henry Wrenn and a 1958 Daily Express Ratchford interview on the subject of Sir Edmund Gosse's alleged involvement in the Wise forgeries, both signed and dated in Carter's hand.
The Ashley Library Catalogueby Thomas James Wise, 1923.
Box 2 Folder F91
Scope and Contents

Wise's own clipping with his annotations.

Physical Location

Removed to SPEC MSS oversize boxes (28 inches)

An Enquiry into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth Century Pamphletsby Graham Pollard and John Carter, 1934.
Box 2 Folder F92
The Firm of Charles Ottley, Landon Co.: A Footnote to an Enquiryby Graham Pollard and John Carter, 1948-1949.
Box 2 Folder F93
Precis of Padin, Or the Sources of "The New Timon." The Forgeries of Tennyson's Plays. Working Papers 1 and 2by John Carter and Graham Pollard, 1967.
Box 2 Folder F94
A Sequel to An Enquiry into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth Century Pamphletsby Nicolas Barker and John Collins (1983), 1984.
Box 2 Folder F95
Thomas J. Wise: Centenary Studies, edited by William B. Todd, 1960-1962.
Box 2 Folder F96
Thomas J. Wise and the Pre-Restoration Dramaby D.F. Foxon, 1959, undated.
Box 2 Folder F97
Thomas J. Wise in the Original Clothby Wilfred Partington, 1947, 1974.
Box 2 Folder F98
Wise After the Eventexhibition, 1964.
Box 2 Folder F99
Wrenn Library/Harry Ransom Center, 1968, undated.
Box 2 Folder F100
John CarterEnquiryscrapbook--American press, 1934.
Box 2 Folder F101
Physical Location

Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (17 inches)

John CarterEnquiryscrapbook--English press, 1934-1936.
Box 2 Folder F102
Physical Location

Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (17 inches)

Scope and Contents

Subseries III.D. comprises advertisements, invitations, and keepsakes and also includes advertisements for John Carter's other works and works about Carter.

Advertisements, circa 1948-2004, undated.
Box 2 Folder F103
Scope and Contents

Includes advertisements for Carter's other works as well as works about Carter.

Invitations, 1959-1979.
Box 2 Folder F104
Scope and Contents

Includes a mock-up of an invitation for a dinner at the Double Crown Club featuring Nicolas Barker, with John Carter's corrections and an invitation and related material, including a seating chart, for a dinner held in commemoration of Wise on the 30th anniversary of his death.

Keepsakes, [1953], 1976, 1981.
Box 2 Folder F105
Photograph, circa 1934.
Box 3 Folder F115
Scope and Contents

Photograph of Scribners' window display for the release of

An Enquiry.

Originally laid in Pariser, Carter, and Pollard's autography presentation copy of the Pariser Catalogue inscribed to William B. Todd (SPEC Z1024.S68x 1967). [Copy 6]

Photographs, undated.
Box 2 Folder F106
Scope and Contents

Photograph of Wise and his wife Louise. From William Todd's collection.

Miscellaneous, undated.
Box 2 Folder F107

Print, Suggest