Muir, Percy H. (Percy Horace), 1894-1979

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Born in London on December 17, 1894, Percy Muir began his career as a bookseller in 1920. He joined the London antiquarian booksellers Elkin Mathews in 1930, and would remain with that firm until his death in Norfolk on November 24, 1979. Muir was an influential figure among booksellers and book collectors around the world. As president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association in Britain from 1945-1947, Muir chaired the first conference of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) in 1947. He then served as president of the ILAB from 1950 until 1952. At the end of his term in this office, he was elected Life President of Honor. Muir's publications include several bibliographies and contributions to bibliographical journals such as The Library. He composed numerous letters, essays, and addresses on book collecting, including the immensely popular Book collecting as a hobby : letters to Everyman (1944) and its sequel in 1949. Muir was a founding member of the Editorial Board of Book Collectors and wrote many reviews for this journal. His Minding my own business (1956) was both a history of the firm Elkin Mathews and an autobiographical account of Muir's career from the early 1920s to World War II.

From the description of Papers, 1919-1970. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 40722009

British bookseller.

From the description of Letters, 1932-1962. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 49930453

British bookseller, antiquarian book dealer, author, bibliographer. Percival Horace Muir was the founder and first president, 1945-1947, of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association. He was also the first president of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), 1948-1950.

From the guide to the Gawsworth mss., 1932, 1953-1962, (Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington) http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly)

Biography

Born in London on December 17, 1894, Percy Muir began his career as a bookseller in 1920. He joined the London antiquarian booksellers Elkin Mathews in 1930, and would remain with that firm until his death in Norfolk on November 24, 1979.

Muir was an influential figure among booksellers and book collectors around the world. As president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association in Britain from 1945-1947, Muir chaired the first conference of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) in 1947. He then served as president of the ILAB from 1950 until 1952. At the end of his term in this office, he was elected Life President of Honor.

Muir's publications include several bibliographies and contributions to bibliographical journals such as The Library . He composed numerous letters, essays, and addresses on book collecting, including the immensely popular Book Collecting as a Hobby: Letters to Everyman (1944) and its sequel in 1949. Muir was a founding member of the Editorial Board of Book Collector, and wrote many reviews for this journal. His Minding My Own Business (1956) was both a history of the firm Elkin Mathews and an autobiographical account of Muir's career from the early 1920s to World War II.

From the guide to the Percy H. Muir papers, ca. 1919-1970, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

Percy Muir was associated with the antiquarian bookselling firm, Elkin Mathews, Ltd. from 1930 until his death in 1979. Founded in 1885 by Charles Elkin Mathews, the business began in the Cathedral Close at Exeter but moved to London in 1887 when Elkin Mathews and John Lane went into partnership. Within a very few years publishing became the principle interest of the firm, now Elkin Mathews and John Lane Ltd., with retail sales of books, old and new, taking a secondary place. The two men parted company in 1894 and Mathews, although continuing to publish, returned to a greater concentration on bookselling. He died in 1922. A.W. Evans, ex–curate, ex–journalist, and himself a collector and customer of Elkin Mathews, acquired the business as a going concern from Mathews' widow. Percy Muir joined the firm, as a partner, in January 1930, becoming managing director in 1939. It was under his stewardship that the firm moved from London during the German blitz to Blakeney, Norfolk.

Percy Muir was president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association in Britain from 1945-1947, and chaired the first conference of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) in 1947. He became president of the ILAB from 1950-1952 and was subsequently elected the first Life President of Honor. The author of several bibliographies and books on book collecting, as well as an autobiography: Minding My Own Business (Chatto & Windus, 1956), he also made frequent contributions to Colophon, Library, and various bibliographical journals such as Bookman's Journal. He was also a founder and member of the editorial board of Book Collector.

From the guide to the Muir mss. II, 1892-1981, (Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington))

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Gawsworth mss., 1932, 1953-1962 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
creatorOf Bruccoli, Matthew J. (Matthew Joseph), 1931-2008. Letter and catalog listing pertaining to Stephen Crane [manuscript], 1968, undated. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Muir, Percy H. (Percy Horace), 1894-1979. Letters, 1932-1962. Indiana University
referencedIn Cleverdon mss. II, 1926-1988 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
creatorOf Muir, Percy H. (Percy Horace), 1894-1979. Autograph letter signed Percy Muir to: Miss Manwaring December 2, 1931. Wellesley College
creatorOf Hudson, W. H. (William Henry), 1841-1922. Papers. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Percy H. Muir papers, ca. 1919-1970 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
creatorOf Muir, Percy H. (Percy Horace), 1894-1979. Autograph letter signed Percy Muir to: Miss Manwaring January 22, 1932. Wellesley College
referencedIn Letters of sympathy on the death of Edgar H. Wells, 1938. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Mill House Press. [Mill House Press miscellania] Indiana University
creatorOf Muir, Percy H. (Percy Horace), 1894-1979. Autograph letter signed Percy Muir to: Miss Manwaring August 21, 1934. Wellesley College
referencedIn Speckled Band collection of Sherlockiana, 1932-1956. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Beardsley, Aubrey, 1872-1898. Collection, 1893-1959, (bulk 1893-98 and 1943-59). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Papers, 1853-2005 (inclusive), 1939-2003 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Aubrey Beardsley Collection TXRC94-A8., 1893-1959 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Muir, Percy H. (Percy Horace), 1894-1979. Papers, 1919-1970. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Antiquarian bookman records-Malkin family papers, 1938-1996. Grolier Club
referencedIn Meyer, Felicie Calonder, b. 1904. Miscellaneous letters and ephemera removed from printed volumes in Special Collections Reference, 1924-1984. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Muir mss. II, 1892-1981 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Ball mss., 1873-1981 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
creatorOf Muir, Percy H. (Percy Horace), 1894-1979. Autograph letter signed Percy Muir to: Miss Manwaring January 4, 1931. Wellesley College
referencedIn E. Mathews (Firm). Papers, ca. 1919-1987. Indiana University
referencedIn Correspondence of Percy Muir, 1951-5 Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
referencedIn Autograph File, G, 1641-1991. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn English literature mss., 1901-1950 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
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associatedWith Abbey, J. R. person
associatedWith Amman, Jost. person
associatedWith Arnold Rood. person
associatedWith Ball family family
associatedWith Beardsley, Aubrey, 1872-1898 person
correspondedWith Bell, H. W. (Harold Wilmerding), collector. person
associatedWith Bentley, Eric. person
associatedWith Childs, J. Rives. person
associatedWith Cleverdon, Douglas. person
correspondedWith Davis, Rupert Hart. person
correspondedWith Deval, Laurie E. person
correspondedWith Eccles, Mary Hyde. person
associatedWith E. Mathews (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Fletcher, Ifan Kyrle person
correspondedWith Gawsworth, John, 1912-1970 person
associatedWith Hamilton, Sinclair. person
associatedWith Hofstätter, Hans Hellmut. person
associatedWith Hudson, W. H. (William Henry), 1841-1922. person
associatedWith Humphries, Charles. person
associatedWith King, A. Hyatt. person
associatedWith Manwaring, Elizabeth Wheeler, b. 1879. person
associatedWith McGrath, Daniel F. person
correspondedWith McLean, Ruari. person
associatedWith Mill House Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Morison, Stanley. person
associatedWith Neuberg, Victor E. person
associatedWith Newbery, John. person
associatedWith Newman, Ernest. person
associatedWith Roscoe, S. Newbery–Carnan–Power: person
associatedWith Schauer, Georg Kurt. person
correspondedWith Sendak, Maurice. person
correspondedWith Shaw, J. M. person
associatedWith Spielmann, Percy Edwin. person
associatedWith Taubert, Sigfred. person
associatedWith Thwaite, Mary Florence. person
associatedWith Tooley, R. V. person
associatedWith Uden, Grant. person
associatedWith Wagner, Richard. person
associatedWith Wegehaupt, Heinz. person
associatedWith Wendt, Bernhard. person
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Antiquarian booksellers--Archival resources
Booksellers and bookselling
Authors, English--20th century--Correspondence
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