Letter from Norah Smallwood to the Garden City Press (07/02/1947)



[[MS 2750/558/011]]




The Garden City Press, 
Pixmore Avenue, 
Letchworth, Herts.


7th February, 1947.


Dear Sirs,


Thank you for the pulls of the lettering for ‘Jacob’s Room’, which you have very kindly set in a smaller size in order to accommodate it on the narrower spine of this edition. This is perfectly O.K. and we return one of the pulls approved accordingly. We note, however, that you have, as in the past, made this case 7 1/[?]” by 4 1/2”. We should have informed you that as we are printing this book on 30 x 40 paper, we have decided to revert to the full Cr 8vo [Crown Octavo] size, e.g. 7 1/2” by 4 3/4”. As two others of this Author’s titles have also recently been reprinted and bound in this size, we thought it advisable to make ‘Jacob’s Room’ uniform with them. I enclose a copy of ‘The Waves’ which will show you the correct size to work to.


In these circumstances, the imprint will have to be dropped a trifle to range with the taller book.


Thanking you for your kind attention in these matters,


We are, | Yours faithfully, | for The Hogarth Press




1. Norah Smallwood 
2. Aline Burch

Rights Statement:

Reproduced with permission from Penguin Random House UK Archive and Library owner of the Hogarth Press archive collection, held by the University of Reading Special Collections.

Source: MS 2750/558/11

Letter from Norah Smallwood to the Garden City Press (07/02/1947)


University of Reading, Special Collections


Aline Burch

Archival Folder:

Norah Smallwood writes in regard to pulls of lettering for Jacob's Room, and thanks the Garden City Press for setting it in smaller type. They enclose one of the pulls. Smallwood talks about the size of the book and the fact that they would like it to be uniform with two other titles [not named in the letter]. Smallwood asks that the imprint is dropped slightly and encloses a copy of The Waves. [Enclosures mentioned not present at the time of cataloguing]

Typescript letter unsigned