Archives of The Hogarth Press

The Hogarth Press, founded by Leonard and Virginia Woolf in 1917, was acquired by Chatto & Windus after the Second World War.

It began as a private press, operating from the Woolfs' home, Hogarth House in Richmond, publishing poems and short works which could be produced on a hand press by Leonard and Virginia who had no formal printing training. It rapidly expanded from a hobby to a cottage industry, moving first to Tavistock Square in 1924 and then to Mecklenburg Square in 1939. As it expanded, books were also printed by commercial printers.

Between 1917 and 1932 thirty-four books were hand printed, including Katherine Mansfield's Prelude and T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land in 1923. Other longer works were printed commercially. Among these were some of the first translations of contemporary foreign literatures, such as works by Gorky and Dostoevski. The Hogarth Press also became the authorised publisher of the works of Sigmund Freud.

During the Blitz the Hogarth Press moved to the premises of one of its printers, the Garden City Press, at Letchworth. In 1941 the partnership with John Lehmann, the general manager and joint partner with Leonard Woolf was dissolved and his share in the company was sold to Chatto and Windus.

Post-war material from the Hogarth Press is contained in the Chatto & Windus collection.

Readers will need the written permission of Random House publishers before consulting material in this collection.

Contents

The collection consists of the following series:

  • MS 2750/1-627: correspondence files concerning much of the Hogarth Press publishing output. Each title has its own folder with corresponding reference number. Date between 1922 and 1955.
  • MS 2750/A: Ledgers and albums. This series contains a range of stock ledgers, order books and press-cutting albums. Date between 1920 and 1994.
  • MS 2750/B: Letter Books. Contain bound copies of outgoing letters. Date between 1947 and 1967, with gaps.

More information

  • The Archives of The Hogarth Press are catalogued on Enterprise 
  • A full description is available on our online database
  • Manuscript number: MS 2750
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