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Harry Buxton Forman Letter

A description of his letter at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Forman, H. Buxton (Harry Buxton), 1842-1917
Title: Harry Buxton Forman Letter
Inclusive Dates: Undated
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: A letter written by the English bookseller, bibliographer, and forger.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Henry "Harry" Buxton Forman (1842-1917) was an English bookseller and bibliographer known for his scholarship of English authors such as Percy Shelley and John Keats. After his death, it was discovered that he had been part of a long-term literary forgery scheme with fellow book collector Thomas James Wise.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Harry Buxton Forman Letter is an undated letter written by Forman and addressed to "Alex Macmillan" of "26 Bedford street, Covent Garden." Possibly this is Alexander Macmillan, one of the co-founders of Macmillan Publishing. In the letter, Forman enquires about an anonymous book of poetry, A Score of Lyrics, published in 1849 by Macmillan, Barclay and Macmillan.

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Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Subject Headings


Forman, H. Buxton (Harry Buxton), 1842-1917.


Covent Garden (London, England) -- History.

Genres and Forms



Book collectors.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Harry Buxton Forman Correspondence,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: LMD
Date: 7 Apr 2010
Revision history:

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