Duff, E. Gordon (Edward Gordon), 1863-1924

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Edward Gordon Duff (1863-1924) was born in Liverpool on 16 February 1863, the son of Robert Duff. He was educated at Cheltenham College and Wadham College, Oxford (B.A., 1887), before becoming the librarian of the John Rylands Library, Manchester, 1893-1900. He resigned in 1900 in order to devote his time to bibliographical work, and produced many works on printing and bookbinding. Duff was President of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, 1899-1900, and the Sandars Reader in Bibliography at Cambridge University in 1898-1899, 1903-1904 and 1910-1911. He died on 28 September 1924.

From the guide to the Edward Gordon Duff: The English Provincial Printers, Stationers, and Bookbinders to 1557, 1911, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

Edward Gordon Duff (1863-1924) was born in Liverpool on 16 February 1863, the son of Robert Duff. He was educated at Cheltenham College and Wadham College, Oxford (B.A., 1887), before becoming the Librarian of the John Rylands Library, Manchester, 1893-1900. He resigned in 1900 in order to devote his time to bibliographical work, and produced many works on printing and bookbinding. Duff was President of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, 1899-1900, and the Sandars Reader in Bibliography at Cambridge University in 1898-1899, 1903-1904 and 1910-1911. He died on 28 September 1924.

From the guide to the Edward Gordon Duff: Sixteenth-Century Printers and Stationers of London, 1904, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

Edward Gordon Duff (1863-1924) was an English bibliographer and book collector. He was recognized as a student of early English printing as well as an authority on early stamped bindings, and in 1893 he was named librarian of the newly established John Rylands Library. In the winter of 1899-1900, Duff and Robert Proctor founded the Type Facsimile Society. Duff wrote numerous books and articles, mostly on 15th and 16th century printing and bookbinding.

From the description of Papers of E. Gordon Duff, 1882-1924. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122551569

Edward Gordon Duff (1863-1924), librarian, bibliographer and historian.

From the guide to the Edward Gordon Duff: Letters to him, 1880-1909, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

Duff was an English bibliographer and for some years librarian of the John Rylands Library in Manchester. He is the author of, among numerous other works, a monograph on William Caxton published by the Caxton Club of Chicago.

From the description of Collection of clippings, articles, and proofs of articles / by and about Edward Gordon Duff, [ca. 1893-1924]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122577045

Edward Gordon Duff (1863-1924) was born in Liverpool on 16 February 1863, the son of Robert Duff. He was educated at Cheltenham College and Wadham College, Oxford (B.A., 1887), before becoming the librarian of the John Rylands Library, Manchester, 1893-1900. He resigned in 1900 in order to devote his time to bibliographical work, and produced many works on printing and bookbinding. Duff was president of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, 1899-1900, and the Sandars reader in bibliography at Cambridge University in 1898-1899, 1903-1904 and 1910-1911. He died on 28 September 1924.

From the guide to the Edward Gordon Duff: Sandars Lectures, 1899-1904, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

From the guide to the Edward Gordon Duff: Collation of Horae, c. 1890, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

Biography

Letters addressed to Edward Gordon Duff (1863-1924), English bibliographer and book-collector. Duff was born in Liverpool and educated at Cheltenham College and Wadham College, Oxford, where he received his B. A. in 1887. He showed an aptitude for bibliographical work before he was twenty, and while at Oxford developed a plan for describing sixteenth-century books, started to collect early English books, and entered into correspondence with Henry Bradshaw, J. E. Bailey, and William Blades. In 1887 he was at work on a pamphlet on early stamped bindings.

Duff soon became recognized as a student of early English printing as well as an authority on early stamped bindings, and in 1890 was invited by William H. J. Weale to draw up a catalogue of cuts, including printer's devices, alphabets, and border pieces appearing in books printed in England before 1530.

In 1893 Duff was named librarian of the newly established John Rylands Library. In this capacity he spent his time preparing the three volume catalogue of the Library, published in 1899, and answering questions sent in by scholars, librarians, and collectors about the John Rylands books and manuscripts. In 1900, however, Duff resigned his post at Manchester and spent the rest of his life doing independent bibliographical work. For a time he lived at Liverpool, but eventually settled at Oxford.

In the winter of 1899-1900 Duff and Robert Proctor founded the Type Facsimile Society. This was but one of the many projects that claimed his attention. From his pen came a steady flow of books and articles, mostly on the subjects of 15th and 16th century printing and bookbinding. Three times Duff was Sandars Reader in Bibliography at Cambridge University (1898-99, 1903-04, 1910-11). In 1905 The Bibliographical Society recognized his accomplishments by conferring honorary membership of the Society on him.

Duff's advice was frequently sought by collectors and librarians on such matters as a prospective purchase or the identification of some fragment of early printing. As a cataloguer-at-large Duff described the early English books in the Pepysian Library; the Pierpont Morgan English incunabula; and occasionally described a rarity for J. Pearson & Co. From the tone of the letters addressed to him, Duff appears to have been a most obliging and helpful friend and correspondent. In Who's Who his recreations were listed as: fishing, swimming, tattooing, and book-collecting. The year following his death his books were sold at Sotheby's in two portions: early stamped bindings, Mar. 16, 1925; general library, Mar. 17-19. Total of the sale was ¥8,100.

From the guide to the Edward Gordon Duff Papers, 1882-1924, bulk 1890-1914, (The Huntington Library)

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referencedIn Edward Gordon Duff: Sixteenth-Century Printers and Stationers of London, 1904 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Edward Gordon Duff Papers, 1882-1924, bulk 1890-1914 The Huntington Library
creatorOf Duff, E. Gordon (Edward Gordon), 1863-1924. Collection of clippings, articles, and proofs of articles / by and about Edward Gordon Duff, [ca. 1893-1924]. Grolier Club
creatorOf Edward Gordon Duff: Sandars Lectures, 1899-1904 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
creatorOf Duff, E. Gordon (Edward Gordon), 1863-1924. Papers of E. Gordon Duff, 1882-1924. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Booksellers' correspondence, Late 18th-early 19th century Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn Vol. XV (ff. 98). 1908-1913.includes:f. 1 Philip Appleby Robson, architect: Letter to W. C. Hazlitt: 1908. ff. 2, 25, 40-49 Alfred Edward Thiselton: Letters to W-C. Hazlitt: 1902-1908. f. 3 Charlotte M-Nevin Shey, of Pittsburgh, USA: Letter to W. ..., 1908-1913 British Library
referencedIn Edward Gordon Duff: The English Provincial Printers, Stationers, and Bookbinders to 1557, 1911 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
creatorOf Edward Gordon Duff: The English Provincial Printers, Stationers, and Bookbinders to 1557, 1911 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn Edward Gordon Duff: Collation of Horae, c. 1890 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn Edward Gordon Duff: Letters to him, 1880-1909 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn Charles Edward Sayle: Diaries and papers, c. 1864-1924 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn Garnett, Richard, 1835-1906,. Autograph letters signed from Richard Garnett, British Museum, to various people [manuscript], 1859-1897. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Duff, E. Gordon (Edward Gordon), 1863-1924. Autograph letter signed : to Richard Bennett, 1897 May 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Prideaux, S. T. (Sarah Treverbian),. S.T. Prideaux correspondence : and other material, 1894-1909. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Duff, E. Gordon (Edward Gordon), 1863-1924. Autograph letter signed : to Pierpont Morgan, 1912 May 14. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Edward Gordon Duff: Collation of Horae, c. 1890 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
creatorOf Robert Proctor: letters from Edward Gordon Duff, bibliographer (b.1863, d.1924), and Charles Harold St John Hornby, printer and collector (b.1867, d.1946), to Robert George Collier Proctor, bibliographer (b.1868, d.1903); 7 March 1892 -16 May 1902, ... British Library
creatorOf Edward Gordon Duff: Letters to him, 1880-1909 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
creatorOf PROCTOR PAPERS. Vol. VII (ff. 51). Letters to Edward Gordon Duff, relating to his early bibliographical work; 1889-1892. Followed (f. 50) by a letter of Duff to Alfred William Pollard, enclosing these letters, 1906.includes:ff. 1-49 Robert George C..., 1889-1906 British Library
creatorOf Duff, E. Gordon (Edward Gordon), 1863-1924. Autograph letter signed : to Pierpont Morgan, 1912 Jan. 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Edward Gordon Duff: Sandars Lectures, 1899-1904 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
creatorOf Edward Gordon Duff: Sixteenth-Century Printers and Stationers of London, 1904 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
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associatedWith Aldis, Harry Gidney, 1863-1919. person
associatedWith Ashburnham, Bertram Ashburnham, Earl of, 1797-1878 person
associatedWith Bennett, Richard, 1844-1900, person
associatedWith Cambridge University corporateBody
associatedWith Charles Edward Sayle person
associatedWith Duff Edward Gordon 1863-1924 person
associatedWith Duff family. family
correspondedWith Garnett, Richard, 1835-1906, person
associatedWith Houghton Library. corporateBody
associatedWith John Rylands Library corporateBody
associatedWith Law, Thomas Graves, 1836-1904. person
associatedWith McKerrow, R. B. (Ronald Brunlees), 1872-1940. person
associatedWith Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, person
associatedWith Pollard, Alfred W. (Alfred William), 1859-1944. person
correspondedWith Prideaux, S. T. (Sarah Treverbian), person
associatedWith Proctor, Robert, b. 1868. person
associatedWith Sayle, Charles Edward. person
associatedWith Taylor, Alistair N. D. person
associatedWith Thomas, Henry, Sir, 1878-1952. person
associatedWith Weale, W. H. James (William Henry James), 1832-1917. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Maidstone, Kent
Great Britain
Ely, Cambridgeshire
Whitley, Northumberland
England
Westminster (London, England)
London (England)
London (England)
Subject
Bookbinding
Printing
Printing--Early works to 1800
Bookbinders
Lectures
Bibliographers--Archives
Book collectors--Correspondence
Printers
Bookselling
Book industry
Bibliography (study of books)
Primers (Prayer-books)
Printing--History
Lectures (teaching method)
Occupation
Librarians--20th century.--England
Bibliographers--20th century.--England
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Birth 1863-02-16

Death 1924-09-28

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