Papers of Anthony Gardner

Scope and Content

The papers of Anthony Gardner including:

  • 26 letters, 41 postcards and 8 accounts, 27 July 1953-Dec. 1967, with two proofs of a bookplate designed by Gardner for Dr. George Tee, in a half-leather album bound Aug.-Sept. 1964, and prefaced by a calligraphic 'Reverse Spiral Apologia' of mirror writing. The binding is mentioned in D.A. Harrop, 'Craft binders at work II: Anthony Gardner', The Book Collector, 22 (1973), p. 174
  • 27 letters, 28 postcards from Gardner (some jointly with Mary Parker) and 2 accounts, 26 Oct. 1967-8, Oct. 1973, with a copy of Gardner's own bookplate and a proof of the 'Bibliopegists' Hippocratic Oath' composed by Gardner and printed by Dr. George Tee, 1971, in a half-leather album, bound Feb. 1973, with a calligraphic monogram (AG, GT) on the front cover.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bookbinding began as a hobby for Anthony Gardner (1887-1973), but following his retirement as a Chief Structural Engineer in the Ministry of Works in 1953 he established his own bookbinding and restoration firm. Gardener was also a self-taught engraver and calligrapher.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

Given to the Library in 1982.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A description is available in the Library, where there is also a card index to unpublished catalogues.

Related Material

Bindery journals and notebooks of Anthony Gardner (MSS. Eng. misc. d. 888-93, e. 829).


See scope and content.