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A. Edward Newton Letters, The Newberry Library, Chicago.
Gift, Mrs. James Ward Thorne.
Virginia Hay Smith, 2008.
The A. Edward Newton Letters are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room (Priority III).
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American author, businessman and book collector.
Born in Philadelphia in 1864, Newton was a renowned collector of rare books. He wrote entertaining books about his activities, and is best remembered for his Amenities of Book Collecting (1918). Acquiring nearly 10,000 volumes, collecting was a serious pastime he could pursue, as he was a shrewd businessman in the manufacturing of electrical equipment.
Newton died in 1940.
Fifteen letters written by A. Edward Newton. Two are to a fellow book collector Ellis Ames Ballard and his wife, and thirteen are to Mrs. James Ward Thorne, (a.k.a. Narissa Niblack Thorne) of Chicago, mostly regarding social activities and the exchange of books and pamphlets.
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