MsC 167

Collection Dates: 1908 -- @1915
.5 linear ft.

Collection Guide

This document describes a Manuscript Collection held by the

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries

Guide Contents

Administrative Information

Biographical and Historical Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Acquisition and Processing Information

Related Materials

Box Contents List

Administrative Information

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Agency Note

Luther Brewer, perhaps best remembered for his extraordinary collection of material by and about Liegh Hunt, established the Torch Press in 1907. He had worked at the Republican Printing Company prior to this. In 1909, the Torch Press Book Shop, selling used and rare books, was started, and it operated until 1917. In the mid-nineteen twenties, Brewer divested himself of most of his interest in the company, retaining only a position of vice-president, in order to devote himself to book printing and collecting. Sell also an article by Thomas L. Carney and Joyce Crawford, The Torch Press: A Preliminary History.

Scope and Contents

Forty-seven catalogs from Torch Press Book Shop


Acquisition and Processing Information

Guide posted to Internet: December 2005


Related Materials

Carney, Thomas L. & Joyce Crawford. "Torch Press: A Preliminary History." , Vol.21 (November 1974)

Maddigan, Mike.  "The Torch Press: Addenda to a Checklist ." Books at Iowa. Vo. 31 (November 1979)


Box Contents List


Folder 1

4, 1908

5, undated. Illinois and Lincoln

6, 1908. Americana

8, Winter 1908-09. Rare books and publications

9, May 1909. Interesting books

Folder 2

11, undated. Bargain list of remainders

12, undated. After-Inventory Catalog

16, undated. Books referring to the State of Iowa

17, undated. Americana: American History, Biography and Travel

Folder 3

20, September 1910. A September Clearing List

23, November 1910. Rare Books, Some Excessively Rare

26, January 1911. Rough list

27, February 1911. Rough list

28, March 1911. Americana, Together with a Selection of Good Miscellaneous Books

29, undated. Miscellaneous Books in all Branches of Literature

Folder 4

35, Summer 1911. A Catalog of Interesting Books

37, November 1911. Americana, Including Some Important Lincolniana

38, 1911-12. Beautiful books

39, undated. Stupendous Book Bargains

41, undated. Rare Books

42, undated. Americana: Indians and the West

43, 1912. For the Bibliophile

Folder 5

45, February 1913. Genuine Book Bargains: A Sweeping "After Inventory" Offering

46, March 1913

47, Midsummer 1913

48, undated. Standard Books at Reasonable Prices

49, undated. Unusual and Interesting Books, Some in Fine Bindings

50, 1914. Catalog of an Interesting Collection of Books from the fine and choice Library of a prominent collector, lately deceased

51, 1914. Bibliotheca Curiosa: A Catalog of a very unusual collection of curious, scarce, facetious and out-of-the-way books, the larger portion from the library of a most fastidious collector

52, 1914. Bulletin of new and special books

Folder 6

54, 1914. Some Very Good Books

55, undated. Americana (Bibliotheca Americana)

56, 1914. Bulletin of New and Special Books

57, 1914. Some Rare and Unusual Books

58, 1914. Some Choice Books

Folder 7

60, undated. Bargains in Books

61, undated. Bargains in Good Books

62, undated. America

63, undated. Books About America

64 undated [1915]. The Bargain Counter

Folder 8

66, undated. General Literature

67, undated. Astounding Bargains in Books

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