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Thomas J. Wise Correspondence

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Wise, Thomas James, 1859-1937.
Title: Thomas J. Wise Correspondence
Inclusive Dates: 1921-1924
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: British bibliographer and forger. Collection contains letters from Wise to Paul Lemperley, R.W. Butcher, and "Dear F."
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

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.

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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.

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Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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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




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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.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 24 Oct 2010
Revision history:

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SC 641 Lemperly, Paul; Butcher, R.W.; "Dear F." 1921-1924

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