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University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

George Macy Companies, Inc.: Limited Editions Club and The Heritage Press:

A Preliminary Inventory of its Art Collection at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: George Macy Companies, Inc.
Title: George Macy Companies, Inc.: Limited Editions Club and The Heritage Press Art Collection
Dates: circa 1930-1967
Abstract: The collection consists of original artwork that was used in Limited Editions Club publications and a few that were used for The Heritage Press. The art files contain the work of over 100 artists including Miguel Covarrubias, Maynard Dixon, André Derain, Roger Duvoisin, Robert Gibbings, Bernard Lamotte, Reginald Marsh, and Edward A. Wilson. The collection includes original watercolors; pen and ink, wash, and charcoal drawings; colored overlays; proofs; original photographs; and photographic negatives.
Extent: 6,731 items (220 boxes)
Repository: Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

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George Macy (1900-1956) founded the Limited Editions Club in 1929 to publish fine illustrated books, mostly classics, in limited numbers for member-subscribers. Most titles were limited to 1500 copies, were designed and illustrated by leading figures in the graphic arts, and were printed on fine paper. New introductions were written for many titles. From the base established by the Limited Editions Club, Macy broadened his publishing activities with The Heritage Press, a series of unlimited, less-expensively produced reprints of titles previously issued by the Limited Editions Club. After Macy's death in 1956, his wife, Helen Macy, continued the work of the firm until 1968, when their son, Jonathan Macy, assumed leadership. In 1970, the firms were sold to the Boise-Cascade Company, and Ziff-Davis Publishing acquired the Limited Editions Club inventory. Cardavon Press later acquired both the companies and the inventory. Cardavon sold off the Heritage Press and its distributer, Heritage Club, to the Easton Press, and in 1979, sold the Limited Editions Club to Sidney Shiff. Schiff died March 18, 2010, and ownership passed to his wife, Jeanne Shiff.

The archives of the George Macy Companies, including both the Limited Editions Club and The Heritage Press, were purchased by the Ransom Center in 1970. These items herein described comprise the original art works that were used in Limited Editions Club publications; the few that were used for The Heritage Press are identified as such in the following list. The art files contain 6,731 items by over 100 artists, and include original watercolors; pen and ink, wash, and charcoal drawings; colored overlays; proofs; original photographs; and photographic negatives. Among the artists represented in the collection are Miguel Covarrubias, Maynard Dixon, André Derain, Roger Duvoisin, Robert Gibbings, Bernard Lamotte, Reginald Marsh, and Edward A. Wilson. The following list is arranged alphabetically by artist.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research. A minimum of twenty-four hours is required to pull art materials to the Reading Room.

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Related Material

The Ransom Center Art Collection also holds a separate Limited Editions Club collection of portfolios of prints and one group of loose prints by various artists which were published as illustrations for books issued by the club, 1988-2001.

Related holdings elsewhere in the Ransom Center include correspondence files and pre-publication materials created by the firms, which are held in the Manuscripts Collection, as well as a number of the published works in the Library.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchase, 1970

Processed by:

Leslie Hirsch, Joan Sibley, 2003

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Sources:

For further information, see:

Limited Editions Club. Bibliography of the fine books published by The Limited Editions Club, 1929-1985. New York City: Limited Editions Club, 1985.

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George Macy Companies--List

Box
1 Alexeieff, Alexandre. The Gambler and Notes from Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky. 1967.
56 items.
Box
2 Alexeieff, Alexandre. The Gambler and Notes from Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky. 1967.
106 items.
Box
3 Alexeieff, Alexandre. The Gambler and Notes from Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky. 1967.
6 items.
Box
6 Angelo, Valenti. The Koran, translated by Arthur Jeffery. 1958.
28 items.
Box
5 Angelo, Valenti. King John, William Shakespeare. 1939.
18 items.
Box
7 Angelo, Valenti. The Book of Psalms. 1935.
25 items.
Box
4 Angelo, Valenti. Twice-Told Tales, Nathaniel Hawthorne. 1966.
105 items.
Box
8 Angelo, Valenti. The Book of Psalms. 1960.
185 items.
Box
10 Ardizzone, Edward. Richard III, William Shakespeare (unpublished designs). Undated.
5 items.
Box
9 Ardizzone, Edward. The Heritage Shakespeare. Shakespeare's Comedies, William Shakespeare (Includes unpublished designs for Pericles, Prince of Tyre)(Heritage Press). 1958.
32 items.
Box
11 Austen, John. Comedy of Errors, William Shakespeare. 1939.
12 items.
Box
15 Austen, John. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens (Heritage Press). 1935.
76 items.
Box
12 Austen, John. The Frogs, Aristophanes. 1937.
10 items.
Box
13 Austen, John. Lorna Doone, Richard Doddridge Blackmore (Heritage Press). 1943.
36 items.
Box
14 Austen, John. The Old Wives Tale, Arnold Bennett. 1941.
73 items.
Box
16 Austen, John. Vicar of Wakefield, Oliver Goldsmith (Heritage Press). 1939.
40 items.
Box
17 Ball, Robert. Bleak House, Charles Dickens (Heritage Press). 1942.
8 items.
Box
18 Ball, Robert. Waverley, Sir Walter Scott. 1961.
36 items.
Box
28 Bank, Arnold. Thus Spake Zarathustra, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche. 1964.
21 items.
Box
27 Bawden, Edward. Histories of Herodotus, translated by Harry Carter. 1958.
47 items.
Box
26 Bawden, Edward. Henry IV, Part II, William Shakespeare. 1939.
12 items.
Box
19 Ben Sussan, René. Volpone, Ben Jonson. 1952.
18 items.
Box
20 Ben Sussan, René. Eugenie Grandet, Honoré de Balzac. 1960.
20 items.
Box
21 Ben Sussan, René. The Cid, translated by Robert Southey. 1958.
16 items.
Box
22 Ben Sussan, René. The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare. 1939.
51 items.
Box
23 Ben Sussan, René. The School for Scandal (1934) and The Rivals (1953), Richard Brinsley Sheridan. 1934, 1953.
99 items.
Box
24 Berg, Yngve. Cymbeline, William Shakespeare. 1939.
15 items.
Box
134-136 Berthold Mahn. Germinal, Émile Zola (Heritage Press). 1942.
85 items.
Box
33-34 Brissaud, Pierre. Cyrano De Bergerac, Edmond Rostand. 1954.
89 items.
Box
29 Brissaud, Pierre. The Memoirs of Saint-Simon, translated by Desmond Flower. 1959.
62 items.
Box
32 Bohmer, Gunther & Floethe, Richard. All's Well That Ends Well, William Shakespeare. 1939.
18 items.
Box
31 Buday, George. Timon of Athens, William Shakespeare. 1939.
18 items.
Box
30 Busoni, Rafaello. Pandora's Box, Nathaniel Hawthorne. 1951.
13 items.
Box
202 Cameron, Malcolm. The Story of Jack and the Beanstalk. 1952.
13 items.
Box
38 Carnevali, Francesco. Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare. 1939.
6 items.
Box
35 Chamberlain, Samuel. The Education of Henry Adams, Henry Adams. 1942.
12 items.
Box
36 Charlot, Jean. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder. 1962.
16 items.
Box
37 Charlot, Jean. Henry VI, Part III, William Shakespeare. 1939.
18 items.
Box
39 Cleland, T. M. Essays of Michel de Montaigne. 1946.
7 items.
Box
40 Cleland, T. M. The Way of the World, William Congreve. 1959.
3 items.
Box
52 Cosgrave, John O'Hara. Old Creole Days, George Washington Cable. 1943.
29 items.
Box
41 Covarrubias, Miguel. All Men Are Brothers, translated by Pearl S. Buck. 1948.
52 items.
Box
42 Covarrubias, Miguel. All Men Are Brothers, translated by Pearl S. Buck. 1948.
33 items.
Box
43 Covarrubias, Miguel. All Men Are Brothers, translated by Pearl S. Buck. 1948.
74 items.
Box
44 Covarrubias, Miguel. All Men Are Brothers, translated by Pearl S. Buck. 1948.
48 items.
Box
45 Curry, John Steuart. The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane. 1944.
83 items.
Box
46 Daniel, Lewis. Ulysses, James Joyce (not used in final publication). 1935.
18 items.
Box
47 Daugherty, James. Barnaby Rudge, Charles Dickens (Heritage Press). 1941.
38 items.
Box
83 David, Hermine. The Princess of Cleves, Madame de La Fayette (Heritage Press). 1970.
11 items.
Box
50 Derain, André. Salome, Oscar Wilde. 1938.
5 items.
Box
48 Dignimont, André. The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins. 1959.
6 items.
Box
49 Dixon, Maynard. Oregon Trail, Francis Parkman. 1943.
9 items.
Box
55 Duvoisin, Roger. A Child's Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson. 1944.
86 items.
Box
53 Duvoisin, Roger. Mother Goose, William Rose Benét (Heritage Press). 1936.
89 items.
Box
54 Duvoisin, Roger. Mother Goose, William Rose Benét (Heritage Press). 1936.
57 items.
Box
56 Dwiggins, W. A. Tartarin of Tarascon, Alphonse Daudet. 1930.
26 items.
Box
57 Eichenberg, Fritz. Resurrection, Leo Tolstoy. 1963.
75 items.
Box
10 Eichenberg, Fritz. Richard III, William Shakespeare. 1939.
15 items.
Box
184 Ellis, Richard W. The Ambassadors, Henry James. 1963.
7 items.
Box
58 Erni, Hans. The Trial and Death of Socrates, Plato. 1962.
35 items.
Box
59 Falls, C. B.. Two Mediaeval Tales, Robert Louis Stevenson. 1930.
1 item.
Box
60 Farleigh, John. Prometheus Bound, Aeschylus, translated by Rex Warner, and Prometheus Unbound, Percy Bysshe Shelley. 1965.
16 items.
 
Floethe, Richard. See entry under Bohmer, Gunther & Floethe, Richard
Box
62 Freedman, Barnett. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy. 1951.
5 items.
Box
61 Freedman, Barnett. Henry IV, Part I, William Shakespeare. 1939.
16 items.
Box
63 Freeman, Don. Diedrich Knickerbocker's History of New-York, Washington Irving (Heritage Press). 1940.
25 items.
Box
206 Freitas, Lima de. History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella, William Hickling Prescott. 1967.
118 items.
Box
64 Frietas, Lima de. Nostromo, Joseph Conrad. 1961.
58 items.
Box
65 Galanis, Demetrios. Troilus and Cressida, William Shakespeare. 1939.
4 items.
Box
205 Galanis, Demetrios. Oedipus the King, Sophocles. 1955.
2 items.
Box
70 Gauguin, Paul. Moon and Sixpence, W. Somerset Maugham (Heritage Press). 1941.
13 items.
Box
66 Gentleman, David. The Swiss Family Robinson, Johann David Wyss. 1963.
58 items.
Box
67 Gibbings, Robert. Journal of Researches into the Natural History & Geology of the Countries Visited during the Voyage of the H.M.S. Beagle, Charles Darwin. 1956.
27 items.
Box
68-69 Gibbings, Robert. Othello, William Shakespeare. 1939.
7 items.
Box
71 Gorsline, Douglas W. The Compleat Angler, Izaak Walton. 1948.
108 items.
Box
72 Gorsline, Douglas W. The Compleat Angler, Izaak Walton. 1948.
36 items.
Box
73 Gorsline, Douglas W. The Compleat Angler, Izaak Walton. 1948.
10 items.
Box
204 Gorsline, Douglas W. The Compleat Angler, Izaak Walton. 1948.
2 items.
Box
74 Grant, Gordon. The Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Heritage Press). 1938.
42 items.
Box
75-78 Guilbeau, Honoré. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain. 1949.
250 items.
Box
79 Hassall, Joan. Poems, Robert Burns. 1965.
91 items.
Box
207 Hayter, Stanley William. The Age of Fable, Thomas Bulfinch (Heritage Press). 1942.
63 items.
Box
82 Henry, Everett. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley. 1934.
19 items.
Box
81 Henry, Everett. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley. 1934.
18 items.
Box
80 Henry, Everett. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley. 1934.
9 items.
Box
84 Him, George. Two Plays for Puritans, George Bernard Shaw. 1966.
16 items.
Box
85 Hoffman, Felix. The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann. 1962.
123 items.
Box
210 Hornung, Clarence. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Holy Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon. 1946.
24 items.
Box
89 Hornung, Clarence. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Holy Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon. 1946.
22 items.
Box
88 Hornung, Clarence. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Holy Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon. 1946.
67 items.
Box
90 Hug, Charles. William Tell, Friedrich Schiller. 1951.
33 items.
Box
94 Jackson, Everett Gee. The Book of the People: Popul Vuh. 1954.
2 items.
Box
177 Jackson, Everett Gee. The Wonderful Adventures of Paul Bunyan, Louis Untermeyer. 1945.
24 items.
Box
95 Jacques, Robin. Kim, Rudyard Kipling. 1962.
20 items.
Box
91 King, Alexander. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky. 1933.
31 items.
Box
92 King, Alexander. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky. 1933.
70 items.
Box
93 Knight, David. A Tramp Abroad, Mark Twain. 1966.
58 items.
Box
96 Korach, Mimi. Little Dorrit, Charles Dickens (Heritage Press). 1956.
13 items.
Box
100-101 Korach, Mimi. Little Dorrit, Charles Dickens (Heritage Press). 1956.
69 items.
Box
98-99 Korach, Mimi. The Rise of Silas Lapham, William Dean Howells. 1961.
28 items.
Box
97 Korach, Mimi. The Rise of Silas Lapham, William Dean Howells. 1961.
34 items.
Box
107 Kredel, Fritz. The Complete Andersen, Hans Christian Andersen. 1949.
1 item.
Box
211 Kredel, Fritz. The Complete Andersen, Hans Christian Andersen. 1949.
131 items.
Box
104-106 Kredel, Fritz. The Complete Andersen, Hans Christian Andersen. 1949.
163 items.
Box
112-113 Kredel, Fritz. The Complete Andersen, Hans Christian Andersen. 1949.
61 items.
Box
102 Kredel, Fritz. Emma, Jane Austen. 1964.
58 items.
Box
103 Kredel, Fritz. The Life of King Henry V, William Shakespeare. 1951.
24 items.
Box
108-110 Kredel, Fritz. The Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain. 1962.
200 items.
Box
111 Kredel, Fritz. Slovenly Peter, Heinrich Hoffman. 1935.
24 items.
Box
114 Lamb, Lynton. Tono-Bungay, H. G. Wells. 1960.
6 items.
Box
120 Lamotte, Bernard. Swann's Way, Marcel Proust. 1954.
1 item.
Box
121 Lamotte, Bernard. Swann's Way, Marcel Proust. 1954.
1 item.
Box
118-119 Lamotte, Bernard. Swann's Way, Marcel Proust. 1954.
48 items.
Box
115-117 Lamotte, Bernard. Swann's Way, Marcel Proust. 1954.
11 items.
Box
208 Lamotte, Bernard. Swann's Way, Marcel Proust. 1954.
3 items.
Box
122 Lamotte, Bernard. Swann's Way, Marcel Proust. 1954.
1 item.
Box
123 Landacre, Paul. Tales of Soldiers & Civilians, Ambrose Bierce. 1943.
3 items.
Box
124 Lapshin, Nikolai. The Travels of Marco Polo. 1934.
80 items.
Box
128 Legrand, Edy. Beauty and the Beast, Madame Leprince de Beaumont. 1949.
9 items.
Box
209 Legrand, Edy. Hamlet, William Shakespeare. 1939.
7 items.
Box
129 Legrand, Edy. The Man in the Iron Mask, Alexandre Dumas fils. 1964.
34 items.
Box
130 Legrand, Edy. Nibelungenlied, translated Margaret Armour. 1960.
12 items.
Box
125 Legrand, Edy. The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas fils. 1953.
81 items.
Box
131 Legrand, Edy. Twenty Years After, Alexandre Dumas fils. 1958.
66 items.
Box
126-127 Legrand, Edy. A Woman's Life, Guy de Maupassant. 1952.
110 items.
Box
132 Lydis, Mariette. Love's Labours Lost, William Shakespeare. 1939.
5 items.
Box
133 Lydis, Mariette. The Turn of the Screw, Henry James. 1949.
15 items.
Box
213-221 Manning, Wray. Martin Chuzzlewit, Charles Dickens (Heritage Press). 1951.
48 items.
Box
137-139 Marangoni, Tranquillo. The Toilers of the Sea, Victor Hugo. 1960.
3 items.
Box
145 Marsh, Reginald. Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser. 1939.
48 items.
Box
140-141 Marsh, Reginald. Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser. 1939.
52 items.
Box
144 Martin, Fletcher. Mutiny on the Bounty, Charles Nordhoff. 1947.
20 items.
Box
142 Masereel, Frans. Notre-Dame de Paris, Victor Marie Hugo. 1930.
19 items.
Box
143 Masereel, Frans. Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare. 1939.
6 items.
Box
148-149 Matheson, Fredrik. Three Plays of Henrik Ibsen. 1964.
172 items.
Box
146 Metzl, Ervine. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare. 1939.
18 items.
Box
147 Molnár-C., Pál. Coriolanus, William Shakespeare. 1939.
10 items.
Box
151 Moy, Seong. Uncle Remus, Joel Chandler Harris. 1957.
59 items.
Box
150 Moyers, William. The Three Bears, Robert Southey. 1949.
28 items.
Box
152 Mozley, Charles. The Man of Property, John Galsworthy. 1964.
62 items.
Box
153 Oberlé, Jean. The Gods Are A-thirst, Anatole France (Heritage Press). 1942.
34 items.
Box
154 Oberlé, Jean . The Gods Are A-thirst, Anatole France (Heritage Press). 1942.
20 items.
Box
155 Ostoja-Chrostowski, Stanisław. Pericles, William Shakespeare. 1939.
16 items.
Box
158 Parker, Agnes Miller. The Heritage Shakespeare, William Shakespeare (Heritage Press). 1959.
28 items.
Box
51 Pène du Bois, Guy. South Wind, Norman Douglas (not used in final publication). 1932.
6 items.
Box
157 Petrina, Carlotta. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens (Heritage Press)(not used in final publication). 1939.
14 items.
Box
156 Pierce, Waldo. Peer Gynt, Henrik Ibsen (not used in final publication). 1955.
21 items.
Box
62 Piskariov, Nikolai Ivanovich. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy. 1933.
21 items.
Box
25 Pitz, Henry Clarence. The Spy, James Fenimore Cooper (photostats). 1963.
19 items.
Box
203 Pitz, Henry Clarence. The Spy, James Fenimore Cooper (transparencies). 1963.
1 item.
Box
159-163 Poor, Henry Varnum. The Call of the Wild, Jack London. 1960.
28 items.
Box
167 Powers, Richard. The Pathfinder, James Fenimore Cooper. 1965.
4 items.
Box
164-165 Raymond, Charles. Hard Times, Charles Dickens (Heritage Press). 1966.
16 items.
Box
169 Ricart, E. C.. Antony and Cleopatra, William Shakespeare. 1939.
14 items.
Box
168 Robinson, Boardman. Moby Dick, Herman Melville. 1943.
87 items.
Box
170 Robinson, Boardman. Spoon River Anthology, Edgar Lee Masters. 1942.
64 items.
Box
171 Rosoman, Leonard. The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins. 1964.
40 items.
Box
176 Ross, Gordon. The Sir Roger de Coverley Papers, Joseph Addison. 1945.
12 items.
Box
175 Ross, Gordon. The Sir Roger de Coverley Papers, Joseph Addison. 1945.
7 items.
Box
172 Ross, Gordon. The Jaunts and Jollities of Mr. John Jorrocks, Robert Smith Surtees. 1932.
1 item.
Box
173 Ross, Gordon. The Merry Wives of Windsor, William Shakespeare. 1939.
12 items.
Box
174 Ross, Gordon. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, Charles Dickens (Heritage Press). 1938.
7 items.
Box
166 Rudakov, Konstantin Ivanovich. Unidentified publication. 1936.
5 items.
Box
178 Rutherston, Albert. The Winter's Tale, William Shakespeare. 1939.
12 items.
Box
180 Schultheiss, Carl. The Ring and the Book, Robert Browning. 1949.
25 items.
Box
183 Sharp, William. The Wall, John Hersey. 1957.
42 items.
Box
182 Sharp, William. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Heritage Press). 1951.
12 items.
Box
181 Sharp, William. Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. 1959.
130 items.
Box
179 Simon, Oliver. The Life of Samuel Johnson, James Boswell. 1938.
3 items.
Box
212 Sotomayor, Antonio. The Satyricon of Petronius, translated by William Burnaby. 1964
19 items.
Box
185 Sotomayor, Antonio. The Satyricon of Petronius, translated by William Burnaby. 1964.
25 items.
Box
189 Spencer, Donald. Prisoner of Zenda, Anthony Hope. 1966.
23 items.
Box
186-188 Spurrier, Steven. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Charles Dickens (Heritage Press). 1940.
67 items.
Box
190 Szyk, Arthur. Ink and Blood, Arthur Szyk (Heritage Press). 1946.
2 items.
Box
191 Watrin, Pierre. The Revolt of the Angels, Anatole France. 1953.
22 items.
Box
196-197; 199 Wilson, Edward A. The Deerslayer, James Fenimore Cooper. 1961.
54 items.
Box
200 Wilson, Edward A. A Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne. 1966.
11 items.
Box
201 Wilson, Edward A. The Man Without a Country, Edward Everett Hale. 1936.
8 items.
Box
195 Wilson, Edward A. Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne. 1962.
21 items.
Box
198 Wilson, Edward A. Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne. 1962.
17 items.
Box
194 Wilson, Edward A. The Mysterious Island, Jules Verne. 1959.
44 items.
Box
193 Wilson, Edward A. A Shropshire Lad, by Alfred Edward Housman (Heritage Press). 1935.
50 items.
Box
192 Wilson, Edward A. The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor. 1949.
23 items.

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