Balston, Thomas.

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Thomas Balston was a partner in Gerald Duckworth & Co., the Sitwells’ publisher.

From the guide to the Thomas Balston Papers of the Sitwells, 1924-1960, (Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections)

Epithet: partner at Gerald Duckworth and Company

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000977.0x0001e2

Thomas Balston (1883-1967) was director of the publishers Duckworth and Co., as well as a distinguished scholar of English book production, notably illustrations. In 1947, he published a full-length biography of John Martin (1789-1854). Martin had been commissioned (circa 1822) by the London publisher Septimus Prowett to design and engrave twenty-four plates for a large paper edition of Paradise Lost and a similar set of smaller plates to appear in a smaller edition of the work. It is this smaller set of plates which, in the 1940s, Balston wanted King Penguin Books to publish. King Penguin Books initially accepted the idea, but later decided the plates could not be reproduced adequately. Thus, the work was never published.

From the guide to the Thomas Balston Papers, 1946-1948, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Rare Book Literary and Historical Papers.)

Partner in Gerald Duckworth and Company, British publisher of the Sitwells.

From the description of Papers, 1924-1960. (Washington State University). WorldCat record id: 29852732

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creatorOf Balston, Thomas. Thomas Balston papers, 1946-1948. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Chubb, Ralph N. (Ralph Nicholas), 1892-1960. Autograph letter signed : Fair Oak Cottage, Ashford Hill, nr. Newbury, Berks., to Thomas Balston, 1954 Feb. 13. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Vol. xxiv (ff. 202). A-Boincludes:f. 1 Christabel Mary Melville McLaren, née Macnaghten; wife of Henry, 2nd Baron Aberconway: Letter to M. Holroyd: 1962.f. 2 Joe Randolph Ackerley, writer: Letter to M. Holroyd: 1963: With typewritten copy.f. 7 ... British Library
creatorOf Thomas Balston Papers, 1946-1948 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Rare Book Literary and Historical Papers.
referencedIn Sassoon, Siegfried, 1886-1967. Siegfried Sassoon Collection, 1920-1934. The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library
creatorOf Thomas Balston Papers of the Sitwells, 1924-1960 Washington State University Libraries: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, 1921-1951. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Vol. xxvi (ff. 209). D-H.includes:f. 5 John Davenport, author and BBC official: Postcard to M. Holroyd: 1962.f. 6 Gilles David, doctor: Letter to M. Holroyd: 1972.f. 7 Peter Davies, publisher; nephew of Crompton L Davies: Letter to M. Holroyd,... British Library
creatorOf Gill, Eric, 1882-1940. Autograph letter signed : Ditchling Common, Sussex, to Mr. T. Balston, 1922, May 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Balston, Thomas. The Curwen press, 1907-1940 : an epoch in its history / by Thomas Balston. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Vol. ii (ff. 200). Asquith, Lady Helen – Beerbohm, Sir Max.includes:f. 1 Evelyn Arthur St John Waugh, novelist: Anne Mary Celestine Asquith, wife of Julian, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Asquith: Letter to Evelyn Arthur St John Waugh from Anne Mary Cele... British Library
creatorOf Wadsworth, Edward, 1889-1949. Autograph letter signed : Kensington, to Mr. Balston, 1922, Oct. 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Balston, William Edward, 1848-1914. Papers, 1904-1962 [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Evelyn Waugh: letters from Evelyn Waugh (b.1903, d.1966) to Thomas Balston (b.1883, d.1967), a partner at Waugh’s publishers Gerald Duckworth and Company, in a black quarter morocco box and marbled paper folder ; [April] 1928-4 Dec. 1951. Autograph... British Library
creatorOf Balston, Thomas. Papers, 1924-1960. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
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associatedWith Balston, William Edward, 1848-1914. person
associatedWith Beerbohm, Max person
associatedWith Chubb, Ralph N. (Ralph Nicholas), 1892-1960. person
associatedWith Curwen Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Gill, Eric, 1882-1940. person
associatedWith Lambert, Constant, 1905-1951. person
associatedWith Leach, Henry Goddard, 1880-1970 person
associatedWith Martin, John, 1789-1854. person
associatedWith Milton, John, 1608-1674. person
correspondedWith Sassoon, Siegfried, 1886-1967. person
associatedWith Sitwell, Edith, 1887-1964. person
associatedWith Sitwell, Osbert, 1892-1969. person
associatedWith Sitwell, Sacheverell, 1897-1988. person
associatedWith Wadsworth, Edward, 1889-1949. person
associatedWith Walton, William, 1902-1983. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Poets, English--20th century--Correspondence
Engraving--19th century
Authors, English--20th century--Correspondence


Birth 1883

Death 1967




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