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Collection Number: 11033

Collection Title: Michael Sadleir Papers, 1797-1958

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Size 9.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 6500 items)
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.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Rare Book Literary and Historical Papers.
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 Michael Sadleir Papers #11033, Rare Book Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Bertram Rota, Ltd. of London, England, in September 1982 and January 1988 and transferred from the Rare Book Collection in February 1983 and fall 1984.
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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)

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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.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1863-1958.

About 600 items.

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.

Folder 1


Folder 2

Abercrombie, Lascelles

Folder 3

Avebury, John

Folder 4


Folder 5

Balston, Thomas

Folder 6

Barrett, Wilson

Folder 7

Bates, H. E.

Folder 8

Batiscombe, Georgina

Folder 9

Beatty, David

Folder 10

Beef Club

Folder 11

Beerbohm, Max

Folder 12

Belloc Lowndes, Marie

Folder 13

Berners, Lord

Folder 14

Besant, Walter

Folder 15

Birrell, Augustine

Folder 16

Black, Robert

Folder 17

Blackwell, Basil

Folder 18

Botha, Lewis

Folder 19

Bottomley, Gorden

Folder 20

Bowen, Elizabeth

Folder 21

Bradley, W. A., Mrs.

Folder 22

Bridie, James

Folder 23

Brooke, Stepford A.

Folder 24

Bulwer, Edward A

Folder 25

Butler, A. S. G.

Folder 26


Folder 27

Carco, Francis

Folder 28

Carter, Will

Folder 29

Cecil, David

Folder 30

Chapman, Guy

Folder 31

Childe, Wilfred Rowland

Folder 32

Churchill, Winston

Folder 33

Cleverdon, Douglas

Folder 34

Clifford, W. K., Mrs.

Folder 35

Cockerell, Sydney

Folder 36

Coke, Desmond

Folder 37

Colvin, Sidney

Folder 38

Correlli, Marie

Folder 39

Craig, Edward Gorden

Folder 40

Crow, Gerald H.

Folder 41

Curle, Richard

Folder 42

Curzon, Nathaniel, 1st Marquis of

Folder 43


Folder 44

Davey, Norman

Folder 45

Davis, H. W. C.

Folder 46

Delafield, E. M.

Folder 47

De La Mare, Walter

Folder 48

Dodgeson, Campbell

Folder 49

Doyle, Arthur Conan

Folder 50

Drummond, Eric

Folder 51

Ellis, Vivian

Folder 52

Elton, Godfrey

Folder 53

Elton, Oliver

Folder 54

Elwin, Malcolm

Folder 55

Esher, Oliver

Folder 56


Folder 57

Faber, Geoffrey

Folder 58

Flint, F. S.

Folder 59

Forman, M. Buxton

Folder 60

Forster, E. M.

Folder 61

Foster, Gerald J.

Folder 62

Fraser, Claude Lovat

Folder 63

Freeman, R. Austin

Folder 64

French, John

Folder 65

Fry, Roger

Folder 66


Folder 67

Gaugin, Mette

Folder 68A

Gaugin, Pola

Folder 68B

George, W. L.

Folder 69

Gibbings, Robert

Folder 70

Gibson, William Wilfred

Folder 71

Gissing, A. C.

Folder 72

Gosse, Edmund

Folder 73

Gosse, Philip

Folder 74

Gough, Hubert

Folder 75

Greene, Graham

Folder 76

Grey, Edward

Folder 77

Griffen, H. G.

Folder 78

Guedalla, Phillp

Folder 79


Folder 80

Haig, Douglas

Folder 81

Hamilton, Patrick

Folder 82

Hammond, Aubrey

Folder 83-84

Folder 83

Folder 84

Hanson, Lawrence and Elizabeth

Folder 85

Harvey, John

Folder 86

Hawkins, Anthony (Hope, Anthony)

Folder 87

Hayward, John

Folder 88

Heineman, Jack

Folder 89

Hobbes, John Oliver

Folder 90

Holland, Vyyan

Folder 91

Hopkins, Gerard

Folder 92

Hutchinson, A. S. M.

Folder 93

Irving, Henry

Folder 94


Folder 95-96

Folder 95

Folder 96

Jameson, Margaret Storm

Folder 97-100

Folder 97

Folder 98

Folder 99

Folder 100

Jennings, Richard

Folder 101

John, Augustus

Folder 102

Jones, Thomas

Folder 103


Folder 104

Keable, Robert

Folder 105

Keun, Odette

Folder 106

Keynes, Geoffrey

Folder 107

Keynes, John Maynard

Folder 108

King, William

Folder 109

Koestler, Arthur

Folder 110

Kraut, Alexander

Folder 111

Kyllmann, O.

Folder 112


Folder 113

Lang, Cosmo

Folder 114-115

Folder 114

Folder 115

Lawrence, D. H.

Folder 116

Lee, Sidney

Folder 117

Leeper, A. W. A.

Folder 118

Le Fanu, Sheridan

Folder 119

Lewis, W.

Folder 120

Lewis, Wilmouth ("Lefty")

Folder 121-123

Folder 121

Folder 122

Folder 123

Lobel, Edgar

Folder 124

Looker, S. J.

Folder 125

Lowe, Edward C.

Folder 126

Lowell, Amy

Folder 127


Folder 128

Maden, Frances

Folder 129

MaCaulay, Rose

Folder 130

Maclaren-Ross, J.

Folder 131

MacKenzie, Compton

Folder 132

MacManus, M. J.

Folder 133

Macmillan, Harold

Folder 134

Mais, S. P. B.

Folder 135

Mallock, W. H.

Folder 136

Mansfield, Katherine

Folder 137-138

Folder 137

Folder 138

Marshall, Bruce

Folder 139

Massey, Dudley

Folder 140

Maxwell, Henry

Folder 141

Maxwell, W. B.

Folder 142

Mayfield, John S.

Folder 143

Meitner-Graf, Lotte

Folder 144

Meynell, Francis

Folder 145

Milford, Humphrey

Folder 146

Milner, Arthur

Folder 147

Morice, Charles

Folder 148

Morley, John

Folder 149

Mosher, Thomas

Folder 150

Muir, Percy

Folder 151

Muirhead, Arnold

Folder 152

Murry, John Middleton

Folder 153

Murry-Hill, Peter

Folder 154


Folder 155

Nash, Paul

Folder 156-159

Folder 156

Folder 157

Folder 158

Folder 159

Nicholson, Harold

Folder 160

Noel-Baker, Philip

Folder 161

Nowell-Smith, Simon

Folder 162


Folder 163

Parker, Gilbert

Folder 164

Parrish, M. L.

Folder 165

Partridge, Eric

Folder 166

Perceval, Robert W.

Folder 167

Piper, John

Folder 168

Plomer, William

Folder 169

Pritchard, Peter E.

Folder 170

Quennell, Peter

Folder 171

Quiller-Couch, Arthur

Folder 172


Folder 173

Rackham, Arthur

Folder 174

Randall, David

Folder 175

Reeves, James

Folder 176

Rice, Anne Estelle

Folder 177

Roberts, Morley

Folder 178

Roberts of Kandahar, Lord

Folder 179

Robinson, G. Gidley

Folder 180

Rogers, Arthur

Folder 181

Rutherston [Rothenstein], Albert

Folder 182

Rothenstein, William

Folder 183


Folder 184

Sackville-West, Vita

Folder 185-186

Folder 185

Folder 186

Saintsbury, George

Folder 187

Sayers, Dorothy L.

Folder 188

Secker, Martin

Folder 189

Shaw, George Bernard

Folder 190

Sichel, Walter

Folder 191

Simon, Andre

Folder 192

Sparrow, John

Folder 193

Squire, Jack Collings

Folder 194

Starrett, Vincent

Folder 195

Stead, William T.

Folder 196

Stockley, Cynthia

Folder 197

Stockton, Frank R.

Folder 198

Summers, Montague

Folder 199


Folder 200

Taylor, Robert

Folder 201

Thirkell, Angela

Folder 202

Tilley, Arthur

Folder 203

Tilley, John

Folder 204

Tilley, May

Folder 205

Trevelyan, G. M.

Folder 206

Trevelyan, Janet

Folder 207

Trollope, Ada

Folder 208

Trollope, Henry M.

Folder 209-210

Folder 209

Folder 210

Trollope, Muriel

Folder 211

Trollope, Tom

Folder 212

Urquehart, F. F.

Folder 213

Usborne, Richard

Folder 214-220

Folder 214

Folder 215

Folder 216

Folder 217

Folder 218

Folder 219

Folder 220

Verhaeren, Emile

Folder 221

Verhaeren, Marthe

Folder 222


Folder 223-224

Folder 223

Folder 224

Waddell, Helen

Folder 225

Wadsworth, Edward

Folder 226

Waley, Arthur

Folder 227

Walpole, Hugh

Folder 228

Warner, Oliver

Folder 229

Waugh, Alec

Folder 230

Wavell, Archibald

Folder 231

West, Rebecca

Folder 232

Wheeler, Hugh

Folder 233

Wilson, Carroll A.

Folder 234

Wise, Thomas J.

Folder 235

Wrangham, C. E.

Folder 236


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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.1. Family Correspondence, 1797-1949.

535 items.

Arrangement: chronological

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.

Folder 238


Folder 239


Folder 240


Folder 241


Folder 242


Folder 243-244

Folder 243

Folder 244


Folder 245


Folder 246


Folder 247


Folder 248


Folder 249


Folder 250


Folder 251


Folder 252


Folder 253


Folder 254


Folder 255

January-September 1942

Folder 256

1-7 October 1942

Folder 257

8 October 1942

Folder 258

9-10 October 1942

Folder 259

11-14 October 1942

Folder 260

15-30 October 1942

Folder 261

November-December 1942

Folder 262

January 7-March 1943

Folder 263

8-31 March 1943

Folder 264

April-December 1943

Folder 265


Folder 266

1946-1949, 1940s

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.2. Financial Material, 1923-1944.

100 items

Arrangement: chronological

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).

Folder 267


Folder 268


Folder 269


Folder 270

1948, undated

Folder 271


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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.3. Family History, 1825-1952.

About 100 items.

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.

Folder 272-276

Folder 272

Folder 273

Folder 274

Folder 275

Folder 276


Folder 277-278

Folder 277

Folder 278


Folder 279-280

Folder 279

Folder 280


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About 50 items.

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.

Folder 281-282

Folder 281

Folder 282


Folder 283-284

Folder 283

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About 100 items.

Arrangement: chronological

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.

Folder 285

Privilege, 1921 (publisher's dummy with handwritten notes)

Folder 286

Edward Bell review, 1924 (3 pages, holograph)

Folder 287

"Buckingham Palace in the Fifties," 1927 (10 pages, typescript)

Folder 288

"Bosh about Camaraderies," 1927 (4 pages, typescript)

Folder 289

Letter to S. M. Ellis, 1928 (3 pages, typescript with 2 letters)

Folder 290

"The Bookcollecting Game," 1930 (6 pages, typescript with handwritten corrections)

Folder 291-293

Folder 291

Folder 292

Folder 293

"New Novels" Series, 1930-1931 (19 typescript reviews for Sadleir's BBC show, with corrections)

Folder 294

"World Press Newsletter," 1931

Folder 295

"Bestsellers: A Massacre," 1932 (7 pages, typescript)

Folder 296

"Collecting Old Novels," 1932 (9 pages, typescript with corrections)

Folder 297

"The Chateau of Ermononville," 1933 (5 pages, typescript)

Folder 298

Undelivered speech, 1935(?) (3 pages, galley proof with corrections) 1933 (5 pages, typescript)

Folder 299

"Bookpublishing During the Century," 1937 (20 pages, typescript with corrections)

Folder 300

"A Century of Popular Fiction," 1937 (21 pages, typescript)

Folder 301-308

Folder 301

Folder 302

Folder 303

Folder 304

Folder 305

Folder 306

Folder 307

Folder 308

These Foolish Things, 1937 (228 pages, holograph and 23 pages, typescript with corrections)

Folder 309-310

Folder 309

Folder 310

"Bibliographical Aspects of the Victorian Novel," 1937 (108 pages, typescript with corrections, a letter, and a program)

Folder 311-312

Folder 311

Folder 312

Westward to Freedom, circa 1938 (19 pages of handwritten notes; 77 pages, holograph, 38 pages, typescript; and 3 letters)

Folder 313

"A Funeral in a Victorian Household," 1939 (7 pages, typescript)

Folder 314

"Room and Book," 1939 (8 pages, typescript)

Folder 315

"Reading Back", 1939 (3 pages, galley proof with corrections)

Folder 316-317

Folder 316

Folder 317

Fanny By Gaslight/Forlorn Sunset, 1940-1947 (80 pages, holograph, letters, and notes) (see also Subseries 4.2)

Folder 318

Review of the Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, 1941 (20 pages, typescript with corrections and a letter)

Folder 319

"The Development During the Last Fifty Years of Bibliographical Study of Books of the Nineteenth Century," 1942 (6 pages, galley proof)

Folder 320

"Some Nineteenth Century Scarcities and Their Causes," 1942 (15 pages, typescript with corrections)

Folder 321

Review of Purdy's Thomas Hardy, 1955 (1 page, galley proof and notes)

Folder 322

"Comparative Scarcities," undated (26 pages, typescript)

Folder 323

"Thoughts on a Woman-Ridden England," undated (10 pages, typescript)

Folder 324

"How Variants Happen," undated (20 pages, typescript with corrections)

Folder 325

Review of Henry Kingsley by S. M. Ellis, undated (1 page, galley proof)

Folder 326

Review of McKerrow's Introduction to Bibliography, undated (2 pages, galley proof with pages from McKerrow's book)

Folder 327

"A Tale of Two Titties," undated (1 page, holograph)

Folder 328-329

Folder 328

Folder 329

Miscellaneous Clippings

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Scrapbook, 1911-1921

"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."

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.1. Bentley Publishing House, 1834-1939

About 750 items.

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.

Folder 330-343

Folder 330

Folder 331

Folder 332

Folder 333

Folder 334

Folder 335

Folder 336

Folder 337

Folder 338

Folder 339

Folder 340

Folder 341

Folder 342

Folder 343

Correspondence Bentley

Folder 344-347

Folder 344

Folder 345

Folder 346

Folder 347

Correspondence Bentley-Broughton

Folder 348-352

Folder 348

Folder 349

Folder 350

Folder 351

Folder 352

Correspondence Bentley-Colburn

Folder 353-354

Folder 353

Folder 354

Correspondence Bentley-Sadleir

Folder 355

Correspondence Riddle-Tinsley

Folder 356-357

Folder 356

Folder 357


Folder 358


Folder 359


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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.2. London, 1929-1944.

About 360 items.

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.

Folder 361

Fragments-incidents, etc. for Fanny

Folder 362-364

Folder 362

Folder 363

Folder 364

Mighty London

Folder 365-366

Folder 365

Folder 366


Folder 367-369

Folder 367

Folder 368

Folder 369

Nocturnal Revels

Folder 370

Queer Houses

Folder 371-372A


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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.3. Edward Bulwer Lytton, 1930s.

About 500 items.

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.

Folder 372B

Books - opinions of Bulwer on his own books

Folder 373

Book - opinions of contemporaries

Folder 374-375

Folder 374

Folder 375

Character/General Personality

Folder 376

Children - Bulwer and his

Folder 377

Contemporaries - charity and encouragement of

Folder 378-379

Folder 378

Folder 379

Contemporaries A-G - Bulwer vis-a-vis

Folder 380-381

Folder 380

Folder 381

Contemporaries H-Z - Bulwer vis-a-vis

Folder 382-385

Folder 382

Folder 383

Folder 384

Folder 385


Folder 386


Folder 387


Folder 388

Material used in I

Folder 389

Period gossip, current happenings, State of France, etc.

Folder 390

Periodical contributions

Folder 391-392

Folder 391

Folder 392


Folder 393

Press Attacks

Folder 394


Folder 395


Folder 396

Theatrical - References to Plays

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.4. Anthony Trollope, 1867-1955.

About 200 items

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.

Folder 397-400

Folder 397

Folder 398

Folder 399

Folder 400


Folder 401-407

Folder 401

Folder 402

Folder 403

Folder 404

Folder 405

Folder 406

Folder 407


Folder 408

Correspondence, typescript copies of Trollope's

Folder 409


Folder 410


Folder 411

Typescript essays

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.5. Other Subjects, 1891-1955.

About 750 items.

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).

Folder 412-415

Folder 412

Folder 413

Folder 414

Folder 415

Bage, Robert

Folder 416

Ballantyne, John

Folder 417

Benson, E. F.

Folder 418-422

Folder 418

Folder 419

Folder 420

Folder 421

Folder 422

Blessington, Lady Marquerite

Folder 423-424

Folder 423

Folder 424

Broughton, Rhoda

Folder 425

Chapman, John

Folder 426

Cleland, John

Folder 427

Collins, Wilkie

Folder 428

Corelli, Marie

Folder 429

Dell, Ethel M.

Folder 430

Dickens, Charles

Folder 431

Dumas, Alexander

Folder 432

Eliot, George

Folder 433

Evans, Edmund

Folder 434

Evolution of Publishers Binding Styles

Folder 435

Harraden, Beatrice

Folder 436

Henley, William

Folder 437

Ingoldsby Legends

Folder 438

Irving, Washington

Folder 439-441

Folder 439

Folder 440

Folder 441

Marryat, Frederick

Folder 442

Milhouse Press

Folder 443-445

Folder 443

Folder 444

Folder 445


Folder 446

Miscellaneous Bibliographic Citations

Folder 447-452

Folder 447

Folder 448

Folder 449

Folder 450

Folder 451

Folder 452

Miscellaneous Clippings

Folder 453-455

Folder 453

Folder 454

Folder 455

Miscellaneous Notes

Folder 456

"New Novels"

Folder 457

Radcliffe, Ann

Folder 458

Ros, Amanda

Folder 459-460

Folder 459

Folder 460

Thackeray, William

Folder 461

Tom Brown's School Days

Folder 462

Wrangham, Francis

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Pictures, 1929-1930s.

About 530 items.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 5.1. Family Pictures, 1929-1951.

83 items.

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.

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-11033/1

Family trees, portraits

Image P-11033/1-4





Ann Sadler Hornby (Sadleir's daughter), June-July 1936

Image P-11033/5

David Hornby (Ann Hornby's son)

Image P-11033/6

Frances Hornby (Ann Hornby's daughter), at 6 months

Image P-11033/7

Frances Hornby (Ann Hornby's daughter), at 9 months

Image P-11033/8-11





Frances Hornby (Ann Hornby's daughter), with others

Image P-11033/12

Sheba (Ann Hornby's mare), 1951

Image P-11033/13-15




Mary Ann Sadler's grave (Sadleir's mother), after 1931

Image P-11033/16

Michael Ernest Sadler (Sadleir's father), being presented with the Freedom of the City of Oxford Award, 16 May 1931

Image P-11033/17

Michael Thomas Carey Sadler (Sadleir's son), and Highfield School Cricket team, 1929

Image P-11033/18

Michael Thomas Carey Sadler, a school group picture, circa 1930

Image P-11033/19-31














Michael Thomas Carey Sadler, navy pictures, circa 1940

Image P-11033/32

Michael Thomas Carey Sadler, and others in a wedding party, undated.

Image P-11033/33-38







Michael Thomas Carey Sadler, undated.

Image P-11033/39

Michael Thomas Carey Sadler, contact sheet, undated.

Image P-11033/40-45







Michael Thomas Carey Sadler's gravestone

Image P 11033/46

Patricia Sanderson (Sadleir's son Richard's wife)

Image P-11033/47-78

































Unidentified family pictures from Michael Thomas Carey Sadler's pocket book

Image P-11033/79

Allen Leeper, 1932

Image P-11033/80-81



Unidentified people, undated.

Image P-11033/82-83



Unidentified scene, undated.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 5.2. Illustrations, 1930s-1950s.

About 450 items.

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.

Image Folder PF-11033/6-8




Evolution of Publisher's Binding Styles

Image Folder PF-11033/9-10



Hughes and Kingsley

Image Folder PF-11033/11-16







London: Tallis

Image Folder PF-11033/17

Images of buildings and drawings

Image Folder PF-11033/18

Marryat, Frederick

Image Folder PF-11033/19


Image Folder PF-11033/20-28










Nineteenth Century Fiction

Image Folder PF-11033/29

"Odd Printed Things"

Image Folder PF-11033/30-31



Peter Simple

Image Folder PF-11033/32

Trollope, Henry M., and Trollope Family

Image Folder PF-11033/33-34



Victorian Lady Novelists

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