Guthrie, James, 1874-

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Birth 1874-11-14
Death 1952

Biographical notes:

American printer.

From the description of The art of the hand press : typescript, nd. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754863324

James J. Guthrie (1874-1952), a Scotsman who moved to London as a child, was the founder of Pear Tree Press, which began in 1899, at a time when Guthrie was living at Pear Tree Cottage in Ingrave, Essex, England. Guthrie moved the press to Shorne in Kent, then Harting in Sussex, before settling at Flansham, near Bognor Regis, Sussex in 1907. An artist, typographer, and printer, Guthrie was particularly interested in intaglio printing. Two of his favorite pursuits were wood engraving and book plate design. The first book issued by his Pear Tree Press was Some Poems of Edgar Allan Poe in 1901, with drawing by Guthrie. The last book, 50 years later, seems to have been his work From a Sussex Village, printed at the Mermaid Press in Flansham in 1951 as a contribution to the Festival of Britain.

From the description of James J. Guthrie - Pear Tree Press Collection, ca. 1901-1952, 1971. (University of California, Santa Barbara). WorldCat record id: 57833187

James Joshua Guthrie was primarily known as a British writer and illustrator of children's books, most notably, The elf (1902).

From the description of Letters, 1932-1934. (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122594110


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  • Private presses--History--20th century
  • Poetry, Modern--20th century
  • Printing
  • Poetry, Irish
  • Small presses
  • Bookplates--Collectors and collecting
  • Printing--History
  • Printing--History--20th century
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