Contents and Arrangement

Series 2: Printed and Published Material, 1920-2001

5 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


A collection containing original manuscripts, letters, documents, photographs, association copies of books, and other printed materials, chiefly by or pertaining to Adrienne Monnier (1892-1955) and Sylvia Beach (1887-1962), and their respective bookshops in Paris (La Maison des Amis des Livres and Shakespeare & Company). Included are Adrienne Monnier's schoolgirl poetry notebook (1904); a Colette (1873-1954) manuscript titled "Couleurs" (ca. 1925), with a note from Canadian author Mavis Gallant about it; several photographs of Monnier in her bookstore by Gisèle Freund; letters by Janet Flanner, Alphonse Lamartine, Robert de Montesquiou-Fezesac, and Jean Paulhan; and two small notebooks in Monnier's hand.

Among the printed material are a 1924 copy of James Joyce's "Ulysses" inscribed by original owner B. J. Kinne, with his receipt from Shakespeare & Company; a complete run (12 issues, 1925-1926) of Monnier's Paris journal "Le Navire d'Argent"; a complete run (10 issues, nos. 1-10 and "A Propos de "L'Antisémitisme," 1938-1940) of Monnier's "La Gazette des Amis des Livres" in original pink wrappers; a copy of Monnier's "Les Vertus" (1926), inscribed to French essayist and literary critic Albert Thibaudet; copies of Monnier's "La Figure" (1923), inscribed to Georges Ribière-Carey and French editor A. Gavy-Bélédin; a set of six lectures given at Monnier's shop and published as "Les Cahiers des Amis des Livres" (1920), in a specially-made enclosure; a copy of "Our Exagmination Round His Factification foro Incamination of Work in Progress" (1929) by Samuel Beckett, William Carlos Williams, and others, inscribed by Monnier (1946); and one of 70 copies of Monnier's essay about the founding of her bookstore, "La Maison des Amis des Livres" (1920), inscribed to "Madame Lion."


Arranged alphabetically by author or subject.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were separated during 2014 processing.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Series 2: Printed and Published Material; Steven Barclay Collection, C1487, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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