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Letters of Anthony Gardner to Colin Franklin and related papers

 Single Item
MS. Don d. 203
Held at the Weston Library

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Calligraphic letters, (fols. 91-166) bookbinding accounts and (fols. 169-220) postcards from Gardner to Colin Franklin, antiquarian bookseller, 1966-1973, with:

  1. (fols. ii-iv) explanatory notes by Franklin, 1997
  2. (fols. 78-81) order of service for Gardner’s memorial service, 1974
  3. (fols. 83-90) reprint from The Book Collector (1973) of Dorothy A. Harrop, ‘Craft binders at work II: Anthony Gardner’
  4. (fol. 223) photograph of Gardner, 1970


  • Creation: 1966-1974


223 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Don d. 203, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Don d. 203

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 10712


Letters of Anthony Gardner

Biographical / Historical

Anthony Gardner (1887-1973) was a Chief Structural Engineer in the Ministry of Works. Following his retirement in 1953, he established his own bookbinding and restoration firm. He was also a self-taught engraver and calligrapher.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Colin Franklin through the Friends of the Bodleian, 1997.

Physical Facet

Bound by Gardner, 1971, in blind-tooled half blue-green morocco, lettered in gilt on spine ‘THELETTERSOFANTHONYGARDNERTOCOLINFRANKLIN’

Letters of Anthony Gardner
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom