Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Tuer mss., 1879-1918, consist of letters from various authors, illustrators, painters, friends and colleagues to publisher Andrew White Tuer, 1838-1900, and his wife, Thomasine Louisa (Louttit), dealing chiefly with Field and Tuer and Leadenhall Press publications. Tuer went to London in 1856 with the idea of becoming a doctor but was soon dissuaded of that profession and turned to a merchant's office. About 1862 he set up as a wholesale stationer and was joined the following year by Abraham Field, thus establishing the firm of Field and Tuer. They published their first book in the 1870s with Tuer as author as well as publisher. Thereafter the firm became known for its illustrated books and particularly for reprints of old children's books. A year after Field's death in 1891, Tuer formed a limited company, owning most of the shares himself, and the imprint of Field and Tuer was changed to that of The Leadenhall Press.

Correspondents in the collection include Sir Walter Besant, Paul Blou‰t (Max O'Rell), Walter Crane, Joseph Crawhall, Sir Frank Dicksee, Robinson Duckworth, John Galsworthy, Jerome Klapka Jerome, Charles Samuel Keene, Joseph Knight, Andrew Lang, John Leighton, Norman MacColl, Alice Christiana (Thompson) Meynell, Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie, Harry Quilter, Sir John Richard Robinson, John Ruskin, Edward Linley Sambourne, and Sir Owen Seaman. Topics of discussion, in addition to specific publications, include antiquarian books, engravings and engraving techniques, and activities of other artists and writers. Several of the letters, particularly those of Joseph Crawhall, enclose woodblock prints, pen and ink drawings, and delicate engravings.

Also present in the collection is a pencil drawing of two children sitting on a rock watching a boat sail into the sunset ("The End"), initialed L.L. but otherwise unidentified, and an offprint of J.P.T. Bury's article on Tuer and his publishing ventures from The Book Collector, Summer 1987

A finding aid is available.

Purchase. Justin Schiller, Inc. New York, NY 1994

Collection size: 140 items

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