Hand and Flower Press collection
The Hand and Flower Press collection contains manuscripts by Thomas Blackburn, Tom Boggs, Charles Causley, Arthur Constance, Thomas Fassam, Erica Marx, Edwin Morgan, Kathleen Nott, Juanita Peirse, Rosey E. Pool, and many others; page proofs for the anthologies Black and Unknown Bards and Beyond the Blues; business records including sales and royalty statements, contracts, receipts, ledgers, news clippings, and various documents relating to the production of Beyond the Blues; correspondence to Erica Marx from Donald Allen, Nancy Cunard, T. S. Eliot, Gael Turnbull, J. H. Prynne, and many others, including most of the authors published by Hand and Flower; correspondence from Marx; correspondence written on Marx's behalf by her secretary; business correspondence regarding book sales and publicity; miscellaneous photographs and some original copies of the artwork published in Hand and Flower books, including two colored drawings by Elizabeth Neild and a pencil drawing by Mariette Lydis; printing plates of the press' name and design from throughout its history; and various peripheral items.
- Hand & Flower Press (Organization)
Language of Materials
Collection material in English
Terms of Access
The Hand and Flower Press collection, 1940-1966, is open for research.
Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Poetry Collection before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.
50.25 Linear Feet (202 boxes)
50.25 Linear Feet (202 boxes)
The Hand and Flower Press collection contains manuscripts by Thomas Blackburn, Tom Boggs, Charles Causley, Arthur Constance, Thomas Fassam, Erica Marx, Edwin Morgan, Kathleen Nott, Juanita Peirse, Rosey E. Pool, and many others; page proofs for the anthologies Black and Unknown Bards and Beyond the Blues; business records including sales and royalty statements, contracts, receipts, ledgers, news clippings, and various documents relating to the production of Beyond the Blues; correspondence; miscellaneous photographs and some original copies of the artwork published in Hand and Flower books.
Edited by Erica Marx (1909-1969) in Kent, England, the Hand and Flower Press began in 1940 by publishing limited editions of books such as Henry James' The Turn of the Screw and Guy de Maupassant's Caresses. Later, the press printed the work of largely unpublished writers, releasing commercial editions of fiction, translations, lectures, biography, and especially the poetry with which it is most closely identified. Marx's dedication to promoting new writers and her belief in making poetry available to wider audiences are evident in the 1951 and 1952 series of Poems in Pamphlet. Priced at a shilling each, these monthly publications were "devoted to the work of a writer hitherto not published in book form in England" and featured early poems by Charles Causley, Thomas Blackburn, Charles Tomlinson, Peter Russell and Michael Hamburger. Producing over seventy individual titles between 1940 and 1963, Hand and Flower also published books by Muriel Spark, Edwin Morgan, Bertrand Russell, Erica Marx as well as Black and Unknown Bards: A Collection of Negro Poetry (1958) and Beyond the Blues: New Poems by American Negroes (1962), two of the earliest British anthologies of African-American poetry.
The collection is arranged in nine series.
Arriving in 1970, the materials in this collection were bequeathed to the Poetry Collection by Erica Marx.
Accruals and Additions
No further accruals are expected to this collection.
Collection processed by Poetry Collection staff, 2008.
- Allen, Donald
- Blackburn, Thomas, 1916-1977
- Boggs, Tom, 1905-1952
- Causley, Charles, 1917-2003
- Constance, Arthur
- Correspondence -- Poetry, English -- 20th century
- Cunard, Nancy, 1896-1965
- Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965
- Fassam, Thomas
- Hand & Flower Press -- Archives
- Morgan, Edwin, 1920-2010
- Nott, Kathleen
- Peirse, Juanita
- Pool, Rosey E., 1905-1971
- Prynne, J. H., 1936-
- Publishers and Publishing -- Correspondence
- Small presses -- England -- London
- Turnbull, Gael
- Finding Aid for the Hand and Flower Press collection PCMS.0032
- Finding aid prepared by James Maynard and revised by Marie Elia.
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- Finding aid prepared using local best practices.
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