George C. Singer collection on Thomas J. Wise, 1851-1999Rauner Manuscript MS-1111

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George C. Singer collection on Thomas J. Wise

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-1111

Collection Dates:


Size of Collection:

1 linear ft., 3 boxes


The George Chapman Singer Collection of Thomas J. Wise contains letters, handwritten and typescript drafts of articles, galleys, and article reprints concerning the British bibliographer Thomas J. Wise.

Access to Collection:


Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The George Chapman Singer Collection on Thomas J. Wise contains letters, handwritten and typescript drafts of articles, galleys, and article reprints concerning the British bibliographer (and forger) Thomas J. Wise. In particular, the collection focuses on Wise's printing of correspondence between John Ruskin and Frederick D. Maurice which concerned the contents of Ruskin's "Notes on the Construction of Sheepfolds." In 1975, Singer published an article in "The Private Library" chronicling the shady back-story of Wise's publication of the letters originally held by John Furnivall. Singer had collected the relevant correspondence and used the source material for research in his article.

In addition to the material related to the 'Sheepfolds' publication there are 29 letters between Wise and University of Cape Town professor Oswald Doughty concerning research related to Dante Gabriel Rosetti. Further, the collection contains letters from Wise to poet Edmund Gosse, Herman M. Schroeter, S.R. Hutt and F. Britten Austin.

Also included in the collection are three letters from illustrator Walter Crane to Wise's collaborator Harry Buxton Forman concerning the use of Crane's illustrations for an essay on the books of William Morris.

Finally, the collection contains correspondence and bills with rare book and manuscript dealers in the United States and England. These papers document Singer's efforts at creating a collection related to Thomas J. Wise.


George Chapman Singer, (1927-). Dartmouth Class of 1950. MBA Univ. of Penn. Retired stockbroker for Morgan Stanley/Dean Witter and owner of the Ashley Book Co. of Burlington, VT.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series: 1, Series: 1, 1889-1976

Access Restrictions


Box: 1, 1889-1976

Access Restrictions


Box: 1

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence with Private Libraries Association concerning 'Sheepfolds' article, 1974-1976
  • Folder: 2, 'Sheepfolds' photographs, 1975
  • Folder: 3, Original typescript of 'A Unique Copy of The Runaway Slave' article by Singer, 1962-1963
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence: Singer to Roland Baughman, 1962
  • Folder: 5, "The Sheepfolds Matter" drafts, 1961-1962
  • Folder: 6, Correspondence: Singer to British Museum, 1961
  • Folder: 7, Correspondence: T.J. Wise/Doughty letters III, 1934-1936
  • Folder: 8, Correspondence: T.J. Wise/Doughty letters II, 1931-1934
  • Folder: 9, Correspondence: Wise to F. Britten Austin, 1928
  • Folder: 10, Correspondence: T.J. Wise/Doughty letters I, 1927-1929
  • Folder: 11, 'Plagiarism in Bibliography' annotated draft editorial, 1927
  • Folder: 12, Correspondence: Wise to S.R. Hutt, 1909-1917
  • Folder: 13, Correspondence: Wise to Herman M. Shroeter, 1909
  • Folder: 14, Correspondence: Walter Crane to H. Buxton Forman, 1896-1897
  • Folder: 15, Correspondence: Wise to Edmund Gosse, 1896
  • Folder: 16, Furnivall's original manuscript of the forward to "Two letters concerning...sheepfolds.", 1890
  • Folder: 17, Galleys covering pps. 22-31 of Vol. II "Literary anecdotes of the 19th century." Ed. by T.J. Wise, 1889
  • Folder: 18, Correspondence: T.J. Wise and F.J. Furnivall, 1889
  • Folder: 19, Correspondence: John Ruskin to F.J. Furnivall (copy in Furnivall's hand from 1851 letter), 1880s

Series: 2, Addendum, 1959-1993

Correspondence, clippings, invoices and photocopied articles relating to Thomas Wise's forgeries.

Box: 2, 1959-1993

Access Restrictions


Box: 2

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence between George Singer and Maurice Pariser regarding T.J. Wise, 1959-1960
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence between George Singer and Oswald Doughty regarding sale of T.J. Wise letters., 1960-1992
  • Folder: 3, Bibliographical notes on T.J. Wise, 1962-1983
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence between George Singer and John Mayfield regarding Swinburn letters., 1960-1981
  • Folder: 5, Excerpt from "A Word From The Navy" by Swinburne, photocopy with invoice from Ashley Book Company., 1988
  • Folder: 6, "A Collection of Manuscript Material Relating to Wilfred Partington's Book on Thomas J. Wise" (correspondence and clippings), photocopies, 1939-1951., 1980
  • Folder: 7, Bibliographical information on "Letters from John Rushkin to William Ward," with correspondence between George Singer and Robert Liska., 1983
  • Folder: 8, "John Ruskin's Letters to William Ward" by William C. Ward (1922), photocopy, "The Works of John Ruskin" edited by E.T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn (1909), photocopy; "Letters from John Ruskin to Wiiliam Ward" edited by Thomas J. Wise (1893) photocopy of MS and galley proof, 1979
  • Folder: 9, Bibliography of Shelley Society Publications, Undated
  • Folder: 10, Bibliographical notes and book reviews relating to Elisabeth Barrett Browning., Undated
  • Folder: 11, Book reviews, correspondence and invoices regarding the Wise Forman forgeries related to "An Enquiry into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth Century Pamphlets" by John Carter and Graham Pollard (1934), 1983-1984
  • Folder: 12, Typescript and correspondence regarding "A Unique Copy of 'The Runaway Bride' (Elisabeth Barret Browning)" by George Singer., 1960-1962
  • Folder: 13, Bibliography of George Elliot, 1983
  • Folder: 14, Bibliography and correspondence regarding George Barrow, 1989
  • Folder: 15, Clippings "The Forging of Manuscripts" by Wilfred Parrington (1931), photocopy, " New Light on Christopher Smart" by Stuart Piggott (1929, photocopy., Undated
  • Folder: 16, "Sister Helen" by Dante G. Rossetti (1857), photocopy with bibliography and invoices., 1985
  • Folder: 17, "Idylls of the Hearth [Tennyson] -Wise's Forgery of 'Enoch Arden'" by Fannie E. Ratchford ( 1941), photocopy, with clippings (1934), bibliographies and correspondence., 1961-1963
  • Folder: 18, Correspondence between George Singer and David Klappholz with photocopies of T.J. Wise letters., 1993
  • Folder: 19, "A Collection of Material About Thomas J. Wise and His Forgeries," with bibliography, clippings, Undated
  • Folder: 20, Correspondence and Wilsey Rare Book catalogue regarding "Sheepfolds.", 1962
  • Folder: 21, "The Not-So-Gentle Art of Puffing: Willima G. Kingsland and Thomas J. Wise" by Lyle H. Kendall, Jr. (1968), photocopy and other photocopied articles from periodicals., Undated

Series: Addendum 2, 1959-1999

Contains correspondence and bills with rare book and manuscript dealers in the United States and England. The papers document Singer's efforts at creating a collection related to the English forger Thomas J. Wise.

Box: 3, 1959-1999

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence and bills, 1959-1960
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence and bills, 1961-1962
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence and bills, 1963-1967
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence and bills, 1968-1980
  • Folder: 5, Correspondence and bills, 1996-02-1999-05

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