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Louise Newman collection of Limited Editions Club printed materials

 Collection
Identifier: MS0193

Scope and Contents

The donor belonged to the Limited Editions Club from 1951 to 1973, and the collection primarily consists of material the club issued to its members. Of particular importance are the annual advance listings and prospectuses, which describe the books to be published each year. NOTE: The donor also gave the UNC Charlotte Library 270 books published by the club, which have been cataloged for the Rare Book Collection. For more information on the books, see the Special Collections Librarian.

Dates

  • 1946 - 1991
  • 1950 - 1973

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

The Limited Editions Club was a book club founded by George Macy (1900-1956) of New York in 1929 that printed unique and finely illustrated books in a limited run (usually 1500 copies). The copies contained original illustrations by celebrated artists, including Pablo Picasso, Thomas Hart Benton and Norman Rockwell and were often signed by the illustrator, author and/or publisher. Each title typically had a special cover (often in leather) and came in a slipcase or clamshell box.

After Macy's death in 1956, his wife, Helen, took over management of the business until 1968. Beginning in 1968, her son, Jonathan Macy operated the business until 1970 when he sold it to Boise Cascade Corporation, who then sold it to Ziff-Davis Publishing Company who then sold it to Cardavon Press. Cardavon operated the company for most of the 1970s before selling it to Sidney Shiff in 1978. Shiff changed the focus of the company and produced only works by fine art artists, rather than illustrators and graphic artsits. He also reduced the number of copies printed to 300 and raised the annual subscription price to $5,000. Currently, Sidney's wife, Jeanne, is president of the company but there have been no new works printed since 2010.

Source: https://www.abebooks.com/books/george-macy-illustrated-classics/limited-editions-club.shtml https://www.majure.net/lechistory.htm

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (1 document box (shared))

Language

English

Overview

Printed ephemera produced by a fine press publisher founded in 1929 by George Macy. Consists primarily of advance annual listings, prospectuses, and other descriptions of the club's publications. Also includes publisher's New Year's greetings and correspondence with members, tributes to Macy, booksellers's catalogs, and material about the club's subsidiary, the Junior Heritage Club.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in a single, alphabetical folder title series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Louise Newman, 1990.

Processing Information

Processed by Robin Brabham, June, 1992.

Creator

Title
Louise Newman collection of Limited Editions Club printed materials
Status
Completed
Author
Robin Brabham
Date
1992
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Contact:
Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated