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Founded in 1929 by George Macy, the Limited Editions Club published illustrated fine-press books for subscribers, in editions of 1500. Their publications tended to be classic titles, and featured the work of leadings illustrators and designers. After Macy's death in 1956, the firm remained family owned until 1970. It changed hands several times until it was sold in 1979 to its current owner, the investor Sidney Shiff. Since that time, the Limited Editions Club has become best known for lavish artist's books and portfolios.

From the description of Limited Editions Club collection 1929-1980 (inclusive). (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 646193053

From the guide to the Limited Editions Club. Collection, 1929-1980, (Special Collections Research Center University of Chicago Library 1100 East 57th Street Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.)

The Limited Editions Club was founded in 1929 by George Macy (1900-1956). It published fine books, usually classics and illustrated by leading artists of the day, for its member/subscribers; membership was limited to 1500. After Macy's death, leadership of the company passed to Macy's wife (1956) and then to his son (1968). In 1970 the Limited Editions Club was purchased by the Boise-Cascade Company and then in 1979 by Sidney Shiff, a Wall Street investor. Shiff focused on enhancing the quality of book design, solicited work from a number of African-American artists, and expanded the firm's offerings to include signed artists' portfolios.

From the guide to the Limited Editions Club Collection, 1929-1968, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

The Limited Editions Club - founded in 1929 by George Macy (1900-1956) - published fine, illustrated books in limited numbers for member subscribers. Designed and illustrated on fine paper by leading figures in the graphic arts, most titles were classics, limited to 1500 copies. After Macy's death in 1956, his wife continued the work of the firm until 1968 when son Jonathan assumed leadership. The firm was sold to the Boise-Cascade Company in 1970. Sidney Shiff, the current owner, purchased the Limited Editions Club in 1979.

Shiff, whose background was in Wall Street investments, transformed the Limited Editions Club by concentrating on livres d'artiste. He purposefully commissioned renowned artists -- including many African-Americans -- and commissioned master printers and fine presses to oversee a given book's design; artistic inspiration prevailed. Targeting print connoisseurs and contemporary collectors, Shiff raised the overall quality of the books and offered Club members signed artists' portfolios. The book illustrations and signed artists' prints are one and the same.

From the guide to the Limited Editions Club Collection, 1988-2001, (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Rollins, Carl Purington, 1880-1960. [Limited Editions Club monthly letters]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Warde, Frederic, 1894-1939. Papers, 1915-1938. Grolier Club
creatorOf Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961. MIscellaneous uncataloged materials. Indiana University
creatorOf Hargreaves, Caryl Liddell. Letter, 1932 April 3 : Lyndhurst [England] [typescript] / Captain C.L. Hargreaves. University of Southern California, USC Libraries
referencedIn Barnett Freedman Archive, 1927-1990 Manchester Metropolitan University, Sir Kenneth Green Library
referencedIn Kredel, Fritz, 1900-1973. Fritz Kredel collection, 1915-1973. Yale University Library
creatorOf Limited Editions Club. Limited Editions Club collection 1929-1980 (inclusive). University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Suba, Susanne, 1913-. Susanne Suba papers, 1939-1965, bulk 1939-1948. Newberry Library
creatorOf Limited Editions Club. Collection, 1929-1980 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
creatorOf Limited Editions Club Collection, 1988-2001 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn George Balanchine archive, 1924-1989 (inclusive), 1961-1983 (bulk). Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Columbia University. Libraries. [Guestbook]. Grand Valley State University
referencedIn Collection of printed material related to the Limited Editions Club. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Papers of M.F.K. Fisher, 1860-1995 (inclusive) 1929-1992 (bulk) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Macy, George. Limited Editions Club papers, 1929-1940. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Limited Editions Club. Correspondence with Van Wyck Brooks, 1938-1957. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Limited Editions Club Collection, 1929-1968 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Melville Best Anderson papers concerning Dante's, Inferno, in translation, 1921-1933. Houghton Library
referencedIn New Directions Publishing records Houghton Library
referencedIn Baker Street Irregulars (Organization : U.S.) archive, 1923-2007. Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Starr, Louis Morris, 1917-1980. Oral history interview of Warren Chappell and photographs [manuscript], 1978. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn W. S. (William Schwenck) Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan printed ephemera, 1826-2006. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Limited Editions Club. Limited Editions Club papers, 1929-1992. Grand Valley State University
referencedIn Macy, George. George Macy papers, 1916-1970. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Ellis, Richard Williamson, 1894-1982. Papers, 1916-1977. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Robert Josephy correspondence Archives of American Art
referencedIn Adler, Elmer, 1884-1962. Elmer Adler papers, 1651-1961 (bulk 1925-1955) Princeton University Library
creatorOf Salter, George, 1897-1967. George Salter papers, 1919-1967. Newberry Library
creatorOf Hargreaves, Cary L. Letters to [an editor of the Limited Editions Club?], 1932, 1934. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Limited Editions Club. Institutional file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. Correspondence of J. Rives Childs [manuscript] 1958-1972 University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Bennett, Paul, 1897-1966,. Papers relating to Frederic Warde, 1921-1966. Grolier Club
creatorOf George Macy Companies, Inc. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1954-1962. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Morison Room papers, 1907-1973 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn The Janus Press Archive, 1955- Rare Book and Special Collections Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Lynd Ward papers Archives of American Art
referencedIn Marguerite Yourcenar additional papers, 1842-1996. Houghton Library
creatorOf Emmons, Earl H., 1888-. The Pforzheimer Bruce Rogers collection. Library of Congress
creatorOf Limited Editions Club. Collection, 1946-1991 (bulk 1950-1973). University of North Carolina, Charlotte, J. Murrey Atkins Library
creatorOf Limited Editions Club. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1934-1939. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Burke, Clifford. Janus Press archive. Library of Congress
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Adler, Elmer, 1884-1962. person
associatedWith Anderson, Melville Best, 1851-1923 person
correspondedWith Baker Street Irregulars (Organization : U.S.). corporateBody
correspondedWith Balanchine, George. person
associatedWith Barnett Freedman, 1901-1958 person
associatedWith Bennett, Paul, 1897-1966, person
associatedWith Bennett, Paul A., 1897-1966. person
associatedWith Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. person
associatedWith Cleland, T. M. 1880-1964. person
associatedWith Columbia University. Libraries. corporateBody
associatedWith Duschnes, Philip C. person
associatedWith Dwiggins, W. A. 1880-1956. person
associatedWith Ellis, Richard Williamson, 1894-1982. person
associatedWith Fortney, Frank D. person
associatedWith George Macy Companies, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Hargreaves, Cary L. person
associatedWith Hargreaves, Caryl Liddell. person
associatedWith Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961. person
associatedWith Josephy, Robert, 1903-1993. person
associatedWith Kredel, Fritz, 1900-1973. person
associatedWith Lemmen, Harvey E. person
associatedWith Macy, George. person
correspondedWith M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy) Fisher, 1908- person
correspondedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith Salter, George, 1897-1967. person
associatedWith Shiff, Sidney. person
associatedWith Stanley Arthur Morison person
associatedWith Steele, Frederic Dorr, 1873-1944. person
associatedWith Suba, Susanne, 1913- person
associatedWith Swift, Harold Higgins, 1885-1962. person
associatedWith Van Vliet, Claire, collector. person
associatedWith Warde, Frederic, 1894-1939. person
associatedWith Ward, Lynd, 1905- person
correspondedWith Yourcenar, Marguerite. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Publishers and publishing
Book design
Printed ephemera
Fine books
Illustration of books
Limited editions
Privately printed books
Publishing, printing and book arts

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Active 1954

Active 1962





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