Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Thompson, H.Y. mss., 1917-1922, consist primarily of correspondence between Henry Yates Thompson, 1838-1928, book collector, and the executives of Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, friends, and advisers. It relates to the dispersal by auction of Thompson's collection of fine illuminated manuscripts, with a few early printed books, in 1919, 1920, and 1921. The letters give an insight into the economics and the personalities involved in a major transaction.

Included are also many of Thompson's drafts, retained copies, and memos concerning conversations and meetings.

A paper entitled "Portman Square to New Bond Street; or how to make money though rich" by Josiah Quincy Bennett is about Henry Yates Thompson and the material in this collection. It is in a folder which precedes the correspondence.

Among the correspondents are Sir Clement Anderson Montague Barlow, Sir Sydney Carlyle Cockerell, A. Danlos, E.H. Dring, Belle da Costa Greene, Geoffrey Dudley Hobson, Montague Rhodes James, C.W. McCarthy, Henry Martin, Ant. W.M. Mensing, Henry Auguste Omont, Charles William Dyson Perrins, Jean Schopfer, Sir Emery Walker, Sir George Frederic Warner.

Collection size: 75 items

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.