A. Edward Newton

Summary

Alfred Edward Newton (1864–1940) was an American industrialist better known as an author and avid book collector. He is best known for his book Amenities of Book Collecting (1918) which sold over 25,000 copies.[1] At the time of his death, it was estimated that he had approximately 10,000 books in his collection, focusing on English and American literary works, the major part of which were auctioned by Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York in April, May, and October 1941. Highlights of the sale included the autographed manuscripts of Thomas Hardy's novel Far From the Madding Crowd and Charles Lamb's essay Dream Children. However, the fall in rare book prices steadily through the Great Depression meant that many sold lots brought only a fraction of prices they would have realized at the time of the Jerome Kern sale in 1929. The three volume Newton sale catalogue remains a useful reference for literature collectors.

A. Edward Newton
A. Edward Newton Bookplate

Newton was a resident of Daylesford, Pennsylvania and resided in the home called Oak Knoll.[2] Newton's bookplate referred to his home Oak Knoll and depicted an image of the London Temple Bar. The publisher Oak Knoll Books is named after Oak Knoll.[2]

Selected writingsEdit

 
Caricature of A. Edward Newton by Gene Markey
  • The Amenities of Book-Collecting and Kindred Affections (1918)
  • A Magnificent Farce: and Other Diversions of a Book-collector (1921)
  • This Book-Collecting Game (1928)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Library of Congress: Rare Book Division (1940). A Tribute to A. Edward Newton, Christmas, 1940. US GPO.
  2. ^ a b "A. Edward Newton collection, 1808-1966". dla.library.upenn.edu. Retrieved 2018-01-07.

External linksEdit

  • Works by A. Edward Newton at Project Gutenberg
  • Works by or about A. Edward Newton at Internet Archive
  • Works by A. Edward Newton at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)  
  • Ring, Rick. "Fabulous Keepsake of the Newton Sale". Retrieved 2009-05-24.
  • Smith, Geoffrey D. "Great Auctions of the Past, The A. Edward Newton Auction, Part One". Archived from the original on 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2009-05-24.
  • Smith, Geoffrey D. "Great Auctions of the Past, The A. Edward Newton Auction, Part Two". Archived from the original on 2009-11-25. Retrieved 2009-05-24.
  • A. Edward Newton Letters at Newberry Library
  • Guide to the A. Edward Newton Papers at the University of Denver Retrieved 2014-09-25.
  • Edward Newton Collection. Material from the library of A. Edward Newton, (94 titles). From the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress
  • A. Edward Newton Collection finding aid from the Free Library of Philadelphia
  • A. Edward Newton Collection From the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress
  • A. Edward Newton draft and proofs of Bibliography and Pseudo-Bibliography, 1936 From the University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts