A. Edward Newton (1864-1940) was the owner and operator of the Cutter Electric Equipment Manufacturing Company in Philadelphia, a successful business that supported his family, his frequent travels to London and his life-time obsession with collecting first editions, manuscripts, and book-related ephemera. At the time of his death, he had amassed over 10,000 volumes. Newton was married to Babette Edelheim Newton, with whom he had a son, E. Swift, and a daughter, Caroline. He designed their family home in Oak Knoll, Daylesford, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. In 1918, Newton published a collection of essays, The Amenities of Book Collecting and Kindred Affections, which came to be considered the classic of the genre. He continued to write popular books about books, authors and travel throughout his life. He also had numerous essays published in the Atlantic Monthly and the Saturday Evening Post. He was a founding member of the Anthony Trollope Society.