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Thomas J. Wise Correspondence

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 24 Oct 2010

Biographical History

Thomas J. Wise (1859-1937) was a British bibliographer and book collector whose Ashley Library resides in the British Museum. He was also a forger of first editions.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Thomas J. Wise Correspondence consists of four letters from Wise: one to American book collector Paul Lemperley, two to R.W. Butcher in Lancashire, and one to "Dear F." The latter note concerns Wise's "hunt for stray Branwells" (i.e., for material relating to the Bront√ęs) in Penzance.

Arrangement of the Collection



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Use Restrictions:

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Subject Headings


Wise, Thomas James, 1859-1937.


Authors, English.
Book collectors -- Great Britain.
Book collectors -- United States.
Forgers -- Great Britain.
Forgery of manuscripts.

Genres and Forms




Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Thomas J. Wise Correspondence,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transfer from Rare Books, 1970, 1971, 1973.

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