INVITATIONS TO REGULAR MEETINGS, notices of exhibits, lectures, etc., many with r.s.v.p. cards, solicitations for regular dues payments, three large, apparently unrecorded broadsides announcing auctions of club publications, auction lists of material for sale, several prospectuses for upcoming publications, etc., a collection of more than 175 ephemeral items, printed 1904-1916, all apparently once belonging to club member Luther A. Brewer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Cleveland, OH: Rowfant Club, 1904-1916. Collection of Rowfant Club ephemera. Various sizes, 12mo to folio, the three broadsides, 17 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches or larger, and including pamphlets, leaflets, cards, handbills, and broadsides, providing a rather detailed look at the month-to-month workings of an active book collectors' club; a goodly number of the items are nicely printed on well-made paper, but with few attributions as to printers. Brewer (1858-1933), editor of a Cedar Rapids newspaper, retired from that job in 1907, to found and become president of the Torch Press, a publisher of scholarly journals and a good number of books over the next 30 years, while at the same time attending to his collection of Leigh Hunt and the preparation of a number of bibliographies. The first item in this collection is an autograph letter, signed by Charles Shackleton as acting club secretary Oct. 4, 1904, on Rowfant Club stationery, informing Brewer of his election the club as a non-resident member, the balance representing a significant printed documentation of the club's activities from that date through 1916 when Brewer resigned his membership. Several cards and envelopes bear Brewer's address. Mostly very good or better condition, but with expected storage soiling (a few pieces with heavy soiling), several handbills with chipped edges, and one of the large broadsides printed on poor quality paper (fragile, brittle, separations along folds, etc.). Mostly wrappers or self-wrappers. (10656). Item #64234

Price: $1,250.00

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