Collection Number: 12023

Collection Title: J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968

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Size 16.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 390 items)
Abstract J.M. Dent & Sons, book publishers of London, England, was founded in 1888 by Joseph Malaby Dent (1859-1926). The company achieved success by selling cheap editions of the classics to the working class. Dent's first major production, the Temple Shakespeare series, was established in 1894, followed in 1906 by Everyman's Library, a series of 1000 volumes. Eventually, Dent's publishing activities expanded to include textbooks, children's books, educational books, self-help books, and travel guides. Dent remained in the forefront of the publishing field by expanding sales to foreign markets, including Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States. The collection consists of woodblocks, along with a small number of metal plates, used in the production of select Dent publications.
Creator J.M. Dent & Sons.
Language English
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks #12023, Rare Book Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased through Bertram Rota, Ltd., Booksellers, London, in July 1991.
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J.M. Dent & Sons, book publishers of London, England, was founded in 1888 by Joseph Malaby Dent (1859-1926). The company achieved success by selling cheap editions of the classics to the working class. Dent's first major production, the Temple Shakespeare series, was established in 1894, followed in 1906 by Everyman's Library, a series of 1000 volumes. Eventually, Dent's publishing activities expanded to include textbooks, children's books, educational books, self-help books, and travel guides. Dent remained in the forefront of the publishing field by expanding sales to foreign markets, including Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States.

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The collection consists of woodblocks, along with a small number of metal plates, used in the production of select Dent publications. Included are engraved woodblocks for the color illustrations by Rackham in Thomas Barham's The Ingoldsby Legends, by M. and E. Detmold in Pictures from Birdland, by Eric Fitch Daglish in The Birds of British Isles, and by Clare Oldham in The Backwood Book.

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391 items.

The collection consists of woodblocks, along with a small number of metal plates, used in the production of select Dent publications. Included are engraved woodblocks for the color illustrations by Rackham in Thomas Barham's The Ingoldsby Legends, by M. and E. Detmold in Pictures from Birdland, by Eric Fitch Daglish in The Birds of British Isles, and by Clare Oldham in The Backwood Book.

Box 1

Birds of Great Britain #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 1

5 woodblocks.

Includes engravings used in Birds of the British Isles (1948) Eric Fitch Daglish and Pictures from Birdland (1899) Edward J. Detmold. Some of the engravings are sets, each engraving in the set used for a different color.

Birds of Great Britain #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 1

5 woodblocks.

Box 2

Birds of Great Britain: Rooks, p.163 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 2

Birds of Great Britain: Twites, p.10 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 2

Birds of Great Britain: Starling, p.64 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 2

Birds of Great Britain: Nutcracker, p.81 (?) #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 2

Birds of Great Britain: Avocet, p.113 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 2

Bird name is written as "avoce" and "avoccis" on back of wood block

Birds of Great Britain [unidentified] #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 2

Birds of Great Britain: Great snipe, p.98 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 2

Birds of Great Britain: Ringed plovers, p.8 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 2

Birds of Great Britain: Raven, p.35 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 2

Birds of Great Britain: Oyster catchers, p.96 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 2

Birds of Great Britain: Green woodpecker, p.88 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 2

Birds of Great Britain: Chough, p.37 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 2

Box 3

Birds of Great Britain: Shore lark, p.69 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 3

Birds of Great Britain: Wood chat, p.76 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 3

Birds of Great Britain: Hoopoe, p.169 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 3

Birds of Great Britain: Long-tailed tits, p.44 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 3

Birds of Great Britain: Wood pigeon, p.23 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 3

Birds of Great Britain: Rose-coloured pastor, fronts #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 3

Birds of Great Britain: Golden oriole, p.140 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 3

Birds of Great Britain: Jay, p.153 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 3

Birds of Great Britain: Bullfinches, p.101 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 3

Birds of Great Britain: Carrion crow, p.21 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 3

Birds of Great Britain: Pied wagtails, p.145 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 3

Birds of Great Britain: Magpie, p.67 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 3

Box 4

Birds of Great Britain: Barnacle geese, p.110 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 4

Birds of Great Britain: Cirl buntings, p.46 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 4

Birds of Great Britain: Merlins, p.132 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 4

Birds of Great Britain: House sparrows, p.85 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 4

Birds of Great Britain: Chaffinches, p.78 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 4

Birds of Great Britain: Crossbill, p.92 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 4

Birds of Great Britain: Stork, p.120 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 4

Birds of Great Britain: Owl, p.72 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 4

Life of a Scottish Naturalist, Daglish #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 4

3 woodblocks.

Box 5

The Ingoldsby Legends #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 5

4 woodblocks.

Matched color sets (red, yellow, blue and gray)

The Ingoldsby Legends #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 5

4 woodblocks.

The Ingoldsby Legends #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 5

4 woodblocks.

We are unsure if the gray block in this set is a match.

Box 6

The Ingoldsby Legends #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 6

4 woodblocks.

Possibly a matched set.

The Ingoldsby Legends #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 6

4 woodblocks.

Possibly a matched set.

The Ingoldsby Legends #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 6

4 woodblocks.

Possibly a matched set.

Box 7

The Ingoldsby Legends #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 7

3 woodblocks.

Possibly a matched set, and missing gray block.

The Ingoldsby Legends #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 7

3 woodblocks.

Possibly a matched set, and missing gray block.

Life on the Land, Frank Orman #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 7

6 woodblocks.

Black and white.

Box 8

Life on the Land #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 8

12 woodblocks.

Box 9

Life on the Land #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 9

9 woodblocks.

Life on the Land #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 9

Split in two, diagonally across etching.

Life on the Land #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 9

Metal plate missing from block.

Life on the Land #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 9

Metal plate missing from block.

Box 9

Woodblocks from Pilgrim's Progress #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 9

Illustrated by Frank C. Pape

Box 10

Pilgrim's Progress #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 10

12 woodblocks.

Box 11

Pilgrim's Progress #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 11

12 woodblocks.

Box 12

Pilgrim's Progress #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 12

2 woodblocks.

Claire Oldham, The Backwood Book woodblocks, 1968 #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 12

11 woodblocks.

Box 13

The Backwood Book #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 13

13 woodblocks.

Box 14

The Backwood Book #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 14

13 woodblocks.

Box 15

The Backwood Book #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 15

6 woodblocks.

Box 15

Woodblocks: Men of Letters #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 15

Box 16

Men of Letters #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 16

Border (1 of 4)

Box 15

Men of Letters #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 15

"Some woodcuts of the 19th Century" (2 of 4)

Men of Letters #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 15

"London/ J. M. Dent and Co." (3 of 4)

Men of Letters #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 15

"Aldine House/ Men of Letters By R. Bryden" (4 of 4)

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-11043/1

Robert Louis Stevenson #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." OPF-11043/1

Box 16

Leo Tolstoy #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 16

Name spelled "Tolstoi" on woodblock.

John Greanleaf Whittier/ William Morris #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 16

Portraits on both sides of woodblock.

William Morris #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 16

Box 17

Ralph Waldo Emerson #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 17

Rudyard Kipling #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 17

Victor Hugo #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 17

Box 19

Architectural woodblock #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 19

8 woodblocks.

Blank block #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 19

4 woodblocks.

Appear to have once had a metal plate attached.

Box 20

Unidentifed metal plates set (1 of 2) #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 20

Unidentifed metal plates set (2 of 2) #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 20

Prints of unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 20

Artwork #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 20

Unidentified #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 20

Box 21

Metal plate: Rocking horse #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 21

Metal plate: Work horses #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 21

Photographic etched image attached to block of metal - heavy

Metal plate: Page 50 of book in French language #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 21

Metal plate: Dylan Thomas #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 21

Metal plate: Helicopter #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 21

Metal plate: House #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 21

Metal plate: Aescylus' Plays, Eric Fraser (illustrator) #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 21

Metal plates: The Borrowers #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 21

4 plates.

Unidentified set: Angels #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 21

7 woodblocks.

Box 22

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 22

4 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 22

4 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 22

4 woodblocks.

Box 23

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 23

4 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 23

4 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 23

4 woodblocks.

Box 24

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 24

4 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 24

4 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 24

4 woodblocks.

Box 25

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 25

4 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 25

4 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 25

4 woodblocks.

Box 26

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 26

4 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 26

4 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 26

4 woodblocks.

Box 27

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 27

4 woodblocks.

Box 27

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 27

4 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 27

4 woodblocks.

Box 28

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 28

4 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 28

4 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 28

4 woodblocks.

Box 29

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 29

4 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 29

4 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 29

4 woodblocks.

Box 30

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 30

2 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 30

2 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 30

2 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 30

2 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 30

2 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 30

2 woodblocks.

Box 31

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 31

2 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 31

2 woodblocks.

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 31

2 woodblocks.

Box 31

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 31

Unidentified set #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 31

Missing blue block.

Box 31

Woodblocks, unidentified extras #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 31

4 woodblocks.

Box 32

Unidentified #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 32

12 woodblocks.

Box 33

Unidentified #12023, Series: "J.M. Dent & Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 and undated." Box 33

12 woodblocks.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Amy Morgan, April 2018

Encoded by: Jodi Berkowitz, April 2018

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