Fortune Press Records, 1896-1974  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Fortune Press Records
Dates
1896-1974 (inclusive)
1929-1935 (bulk)
Quantity
.25 feet of linear shelf space, (1 box)
Collection Number
Cage 652 (collection)
Summary
This collection consists chiefly of corporate records relating to Reginald Ashley Caton and the Fortune Press (London, England) between 1896 and 1974.
Repository
Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman WA
99164-5610
Telephone: 509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open and available for research use.

Languages
English, French


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Fortune Press, originally named Fortune and Merriman, was founded in 1924 by Reginald Ashley Caton (1897-1971) in London, England. From the beginning, Caton encountered legal copyright conflicts with Nonesuch Press in 1925 and 1926. Although the case was not ultimately taken to court, in 1934 Caton faced trial when ten of his books were condemned for obscene libel.

Timothy d'Arch Smith (1936- ), assistant and later owner of Fortune Press from 1970 to 1971, blamed Caton's lack of success on his poor distribution. Early 20th century antiquarian booksellers described his books as "curious," many of them involving violence, poverty, "amatory unorthodoxy," and other obscenities. Until its closing in 1971, the Fortune Press published more than 600 books under the efforts of Caton.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists chiefly of corporate records relating to Reginald Ashley Caton and the Fortune Press (London, England) between 1896 and 1974. Includes correspondence, invoices, receipts, handwritten production expenses, financial statements, and printed ephemera.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions apply.

Preferred Citation

Fortune Press Records, 1896-1974

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections Washington State University Libraries Pullman, WA

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence 1896-1974
1 2 Invoices and receipts 1929-1935
1 3 Production expenses and financial statements, etc. 1927-1935
1 4 Printed ephemera undated
1 5 Prospectus circa 1927
1 6 Miscellaneous items circa 1900-1931

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Book industries and trade -- England -- London
  • Publishers and publishing -- England
  • Corporate Names :
  • Fortune Press (London, England)