A. Edward Newton Papers
A. Edward Newton was an authority on book collecting during the first half of the 20th century. His correspondence with Alfred Blake Trott, president of Daniels & Fisher Company of Denver, Colorado from 1929-1944, details book collecting as well as travels, and reflects on the political and economic climate of the time in Europe and the United States. Newton also sent Trott copies of articles, most published in the Atlantic Monthly between 1922 and 1938. Some articles were privately printed by Newton; these booklets or pamphlets were sent as Christmas greetings inscribed by Newton to Trott. The collection includes two letters written to Luella Corbin, 351 Acoma St., Denver, Colorado that discuss Newton and his wife.
Biographical / Historical
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.
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