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|Abstract||Michael Sadleir was an author, publisher, and bibliographer. The collection includes professional correspondence, writings, photographs, and research material documenting Sadleir's career as author, publisher, and bibliographer; and personal and family material, including genealogical material, family correspondence from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, photographs, and financial material. Included are letters from authors, publishers, librarians, illustrators, book collectors, and others writing to Sadleir in his capacity as publisher at Constable and Company, as editor of the magazine "Rhythm," as author, and as bibliographer. Notable correspondents include D. H. Lawrence, members of the Trollope family, Walter De la Mare, Dorothy Sayers, and Vita Sackville-West. Sadler family correspondence includes letters of Michael Thomas Sadler (1780-1835), a member of Parliament and leader in social reform; letters from Michael Sadleir's sons, Richard and Michael Thomas Carey Sadler (1916- 1942), during their World War II service; and other family letters. Other materials include writings by Sadleir; subject files kept by him on Bentley Publishing House, London, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Anthony Trollope, and other subjects; family pictures; and photographs used to illustrate various books and articles by Sadleir.|
|Creator||Sadleir, Michael, 1888-1957.|
The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.
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Michael Sadleir, author, publisher, and bibliographer, was born on Christmas Day 1888 in Oxford, England, to Sir Michael Ernest Sadler and Mary Ann Harvey Sadler. His father was an educator, author, and art collector, and his mother was a wealthy Yorkshire heiress. An only child, Sadleir was deeply devoted to his parents. Early in life, he adopted the name "Sadleir," an older spelling of Sadler, to avoid confusion with his similarly named father.
Sadleir was educated at Rugby and at Balliol College, Oxford. In 1912, while he was still at Oxford, Sadleir completed his first major work, The Political Career of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, which won the Stanhope essay prize. In the same year, he secured a position with the publishing firm of Constable and Company, Ltd. By 1920, Sadleir was chairman of the company.
In 1913, Constable sent Sadleir to the United States for training with Houghton Mifflin, a publishing company in Boston. He married Edith Tupper Carey, when he returned to England in 1914. They had three children--Michael Thomas Carey, Richard, and Ann. Both sons fought in World War II; Michael Thomas Carey was killed in action in 1942.
Sadleir's first novel, Hyssop, was published in 1915. His other novels include The Anchor (1918), Privilege (1921), These Foolish Things (1937), and Forlorn Sunset (1947). The most successful of Sadleir's novels was Fanny By Gaslight (1940).
During World War I, Sadleir worked for the War Intelligence Department, and, at the conclusion of the war, was sent to the peace conference as a member of the British delegation. After the war, he served on the Secretariat of the League of Nations and helped to organize the League's Department of Publishing and Printing. After the war, Sadleir returned to Constable and Company, and continued to work there throughout his life.
Sadleir was a prolific writer. In addition to novels, he wrote numerous articles, reviews, introductions, and pamphlets. He was also active in biography and bibliography. His work in these fields includes Excursions in Victorian Bibliography (1922); Daumier (1924); Trollope--A Retrospect (1927); Trollope--A Bibliography (1928); Evolution of Publishers' Binding Styles, 1700-1900 (1930); Bulwer and His Wife, 1803-1836 (1931); and Blessington-D'Orsay: A Masquerade (1933).
Sadleir is probably best known for his contributions to bibliography. In 1937, he was the Sandars Reader in Bibliography at Cambridge University and president of the Bibliographical Society (Great Britain) from 1944 to 1945. He was particularly interested in bibliographic studies of lesser-known nineteenth-century authors, and amassed a huge collection of the works of these authors. Nineteenth Century Fiction, a massive, two-volume catalog published in 1951, is considered to be Sadleir's bibliographic masterwork. His exacting standards for bibliography, which are reflected in this work, have had a lasting impact on modern bibliography and book collecting.
Michael Sadleir died 15 December 1957 in England.
James Sadler m. Elizabeth Barnes (Sudbury, Derbyshire, 1738)
James Sadler (d. 1800) of Snalston m. Frances Ferrebee
Joseph m. Elizabeth Bowman
Michael Thomas (surgeon of Barnsley) m. Susanna Mawer
Michael Thomas (M.D. of Barnsley) m. Annie Eliza Adams
Michael Ernest m. Mary Ann Harvey
Michael (Sadleir) m. Edith Tupper Carey
Michael Thomas Carey
Richard m. Patricia Sanderson
Anne m. Miles Hornsby
Michael Thomas (Leeds M.P) m. Ann Fenton
Michael Ferrebee m. Maria Tidd-Pratt
Emily (Bay)Back to Top
After Michael Sadleir's death in 1957, the material in this collection was in the possession of Dudley Massey of Pickering and Chatto, booksellers. Massey died in 1981. In 1982, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill purchased the collection from Bertram Rota, Ltd., London. The collection was received in three installments. The largest arrived in September 1982 and was followed by a second installment in November 1982 and a third in February 1983. The Michael Sadleir Papers, the current manuscripts collection, was formed from materials other than published items (publishers' catalogs, the works of W. E. Henley, and the Edmund Evans ledger), which were incorporated into the Rare Books Collection.
The bulk of the Michael Sadleir Papers consists of Sadleir's professional correspondence, writings, photographs, and research material. It documents Sadleir's career as author, publisher, and bibliographer. Also included is personal and family material. The family papers consist of genealogical material collected by Sadleir's father, family correspondence from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, photographs, and financial material.
This arrangement reflects the original order of the papers as received. It is not clear whether or not this order was Sadleir's own or was imposed by later owners of the papers. Some folders, however, still bore Sadleir's handwritten labels when received at UNC. These folder titles have been preserved and the pertinent folders form the bulk of Series 4.
Since the arrangement upon receipt may reflect Sadleir's original order, every attempt has been made to retain it. This means that the series may overlap and are at times inconsistent, particularly where correspondence is concerned. Series 1 includes Sadleir's personal and professional correspondence, but correspondence to and from the people in Series 1, as well as other correspondence, may be found in Series 2, 3, and 4. In Series 2, correspondence relates to family matters and finances; in Series 3, it relates to writings; and, in Series 4, it relates to specific subjects that Sadleir studied. See the series descriptions that follow for particulars on the arrangement of each series.Back to Top
Arrangement: alphabetical by correspondent.
Professional and personal correspondence of Michael Sadleir and correspondence of the publishing house of Constable and Company, of which Sadleir was chairman. Sadleir's professional correspondence includes letters from authors, publishers, librarians, illustrators, book collectors, and others writing to Sadleir in his capacity as publisher at Constable and Company, as editor of the magazine Rhythm, as author, and as bibliographer. Of particular interest are letters from D. H. Lawrence, which include holographs of Lawrence's poems "Labour Battalion" and "No News" (folders 114-115); letters from Emile Verhaeren to Sadleir and others, which include four holograph poems, notes for poems, and two typescript essays (folders 214-221); and letters from the Trollope family (folders 207-211), Walter De La Mare (folder 47), Dorothy Sayers (folder 187), and Vita Sackville West (folder 184). Also included is a letter from Sheridan Le Fanu dated 1863 to Mrs. Monck (folder 118). Personal correspondence includes letters from members of the Beef Club in Boston, Massachusetts, a club to which Sadleir belonged, when he worked for Houghton Mifflin in 1913-1914 (folder 11); and 116 letters from Edgar Lobel, a librarian at the Bodley and intimate friend of Sadleir (folders 121-123). The Lobel letters provide many details about Sadleir. Also included are a brief note from Winston Churchill (folder 32) and many other letters from Sadleir's friends. Personal and professional correspondence have been mingled because the distinction between Sadleir's personal and professional life is difficult to discuss. For family and financial correspondence see Series 2.
The Constable and Company material includes routine correspondence to and from various members of the company including Sadleir, primarily from authors whose work the company published.
The material in this series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. This was the arrangement as received at UNC and is not necessarily Sadleir's. Important correspondents are foldered separately, while less significant correspondents are filed together by the initial letter in their surnames, and unidentified correspondents are filed at the end of the series. Some correspondence was transferred to the Rare Book Literary and Historical Papers from the Rare Book Collection; those items either have an accession number or a transfer date in the upper left hand corner, and some have a note attached explaining where the letters were found among published material.
For additional information about the correspondents or content of the letters, consult the Bertram Rota Catalogue, which is available from the reference staff. See Series 4. Subject Files for correspondence on specific subjects.
Holograph and typed correspondence of the Sadler family from 1797 to 1949. Letters from 1797 to 1900 include the correspondence of Michael Thomas Sadler (1780-1835), a member of Parliament and leader in social reform; letters from Michael Thomas Sadler's brother Joseph (the great-great-grandfather of Michael Sadleir) to brothers Michael and Benjamin, discussing business, and family matters; the love letters of Michael Sadler, M.D. (the great grandfather of Sadleir) and his fiancee Susanna Mawer; and the correspondence of other family members.
The correspondence from the later period (1900-1944) includes the letters of Sir Michael Ernest Sadler to his son Michael Sadleir ("Tony"), relating to Sadler's picture collection and art matters; letters of Sadleir's son Richard, written while he was serving in the Royal Artillery in Gibralter during World War II; correspondence relating to the death of Sadleir's son Michael Thomas Carey Sadleir ("Tommy") (1916-1942), who was killed while serving in the Royal Navy in World War II; and miscellaneous letters of other family members.
Correspondence, legal documents, bills, and printed material relating to the management of Michael Sadleir's household and property. This material provides documentation of the domestic difficulties of country life in England during World War II. Also included are materials relating to taxes and insurance and a record of the books in Sadleir's library (folder 271).
Arrangement: by type of material
Correspondence, transcriptions of correspondence, notes, drawings, biographical material, and scrapbooks collected by Michael Ernest Sadler pertaining to Sadler family history. Most of the correspondence deals with genealogy and pedigree. Also included is the correspondence of Emily (Bay) Sadler concerning the presentation of Michael Thomas Sadler (M.P.) material--a bust, a portrait, and papers--to various institutions.
Arrangement: by type of material
Includes clippings and miscellaneous items such as programs, the contents of Michael Thomas Carey Sadleir's pocketbook when he was killed in World War II, a birth certificate, a marriage license, a marriage settlement, wedding invitations, a dance card, and other items that document the activities of the Sadleir family.
Holographs, typescripts, galley proofs, page proofs, and clippings of articles, books, and scripts written by Michael Sadleir. Occasionally, notes and correspondence that relate to Sadleir's works are also included with the writings. See Series 4 for research material relating to Sadleir's other writings. The writings are arranged in chronological order with undated material filed at the end. Also filed at the end are newspaper clippings of articles written by Sadleir and a scrapbook compiled by Sadleir of clippings of his articles.
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"A scrapbook of clippings of articles written by Michael Sadleir in various newspapers and journals. Also included are articles by others commenting on Sadleir's work. The scrapbook was compiled by Sadleir."
Arrangement: by type of material
Typed and handwritten transcriptions of correspondence, notes, biographical material, part of a transaction ledger, and clippings pertaining to Michael Sadleir's study of the Bentley publishing house and its authors. Letters include the correspondence of George Bentley and his son Richard with various authors; correspondence pertaining to the ill-fated merger of the Bentley publishing house with Henry Colburn; correspondence between Michael Sadleir and Richard Bentley; and letters from Mrs. Riddell to her Bentley editor, Mr. Tinsley. There are some original letters, especially in the correspondence between Henry Colburn and Bentley, but the bulk of the correspondence is Sadleir's typed transcriptions.
Miscellaneous materials include 13 pages of a Bentley transaction ledger from 1865; a transcription of a statement of E. H. Morgan detailing services rendered by him to Bentley and Colburn; other transcriptions of documents providing biographical data about the Bentleys; Sadleir's notes; a galley proof of letters from "Father Prout" to George Bentley; and newspaper clippings.
The arrangement of this subseries reflects Sadleir's original order. His catagories for correspondence have been retained, but non-correspondence has been separated from the correspondence and put at the end of the subseries.
Arrangement: alphabetically by subject
Clippings, notes, correspondence (holograph and typescript), relating to Sadleir's study of London for books and articles on the city. The catagories in this subseries are Sadleir's own and include "Fragments-incidents etc. for Fanny"--background material and some typescript material for Sadleir's book Fanny By Gaslight; an autograph notebook of notes on London for Fanny By Gaslight; "Mighty London"--notes and correspondence concerning Sadleir's study of Mighty London, a work on London published in parts in the 1840s and 1850s; "Nocturnal Revels"--notes, correspondence, and a typescript relating to Sadleir's study of "Nocturnal Revels," an 18th century guide to brothels in London; "Queer Houses"--cuttings and letters about unusual dwelling places in London; and "Tallis London Street Views"--correspondence, part of Tallis text, engravings, typescript holograph material relating to Tallis London Street Views. The miscellaneous category includes clippings about London that were found in an untitled folder.
Arrangement: by catagory
Clippings, notes, correspondence, typed and holograph transcriptions of correspondence relating to Sadleir's study of Edward Bulwer Lytton and his book on Lytton. Most of this material is handwritten and typed transcriptions of Lytton's correspondence with various authors. Also included are letters from Henry Bulwer to Lady Blessington (folder 382). The material in this subseries is organized in Sadleir's original categories with his original folder titles.
Arrangement: by catagory
Correspondence, carbon copies of correspondence, typed transcriptions of correspondence, notes, two galley proofs, several typescript essays, and clippings relating to Sadleir's various studies of Anthony Trollope. Correspondence includes letters to Sadleir from John Carter, Geoffrey Cumberledge, George Watson, and various other publishers, editors, and authors. Also included are carbon copies of Sadleir's out-going correspondence and Sadleir's typed transcriptions of Trollope's correspondence with various authors and publishers.
Also see Series 1 for letters from members of Anthony Trollope's family--Henry M. Trollope, son (folder 208); Tom Trollope, grandson (folder 211); Muriel Trollope, granddaughter (folders 209-210); and Ada Trollope, wife of Henry Trollope (folder 207). The internal arrangement of this subseries does not reflect Sadleir's arrangement, although the subseries itself is one of his categories.
Arrangement: by topic
Correspondence, typed transcriptions of correspondence, notes, clippings, cuttings, tracings of book bindings, pamphlets, bibliographic citations, typescripts of essays by other authors, and index cards with cuttings from booksellers' catalogues relating to Sadleir's research and bibliographic work, primarily dealing with 19th century authors. The material is arranged by topic in Sadleir's original categories, except for the miscellaneous items (folders 443-455), which did not fit into the existing arrangement. The miscellaneous material includes index cards with cuttings from booksellers'catalogues (apparently from the early 1920s) connected with authors Sadleir was collecting at the time, notes, bibliographic citations from booksellers' handbooks, and clippings.
Of particular interest are clippings and correspondence dealing with the BBC's censorship of Sadleir's radio show, "New Novels" (folder 456). See Series 3 for the scripts for the "New Novels"program (folders 291-293).
Black and white photographs of members of the Sadleir family, family animals, gravesites, houses, and some unidentified images. The bulk of the family pictures are of Michael Thomas Carey Sadleir, Sadleir's son, who was killed in action while serving in the Royal Navy during Warld War II.
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Arrangement: by subject.
Black and white photographs of books, bindings, engravings, and other subjects, most of which were used to illustrate various books and articles by Sadleir, including Nineteenth Century Fiction, Victorian Lady Novelists, and Evolution of Publishers Bindings. Some of the pictures may have only been used for research purposes. The images in this subseries have been arranged alphabetically by subject and do not have individual picture numbers.
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