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Edna Rudolph Beilenson became president of Peter Pauper Press on the death of her husband Peter in 1962. Peter Beilenson founded Peter Pauper Press in 1928 at the age of 22 and Edna became a partner in 1931 when the Press moved to Mount Vernon, NY. Among many other works, Edna Beilenson produced a series of small Peter Pauper Press cook books beginning in 1950, which were decoratively bound and beautifully printed.

Edna Beilenson was active in The Typophiles, "a body of men surrounded by Paul Bennett", which did not admit women to its circle until 1970. Along with Bertha Goudy, Edna Beilenson and other women typographers formed their own group, The Distaff Side, creating Goudy Goudeamus in 1939, described below. Beilenson was later president and chairman of the Goudy Society (dates not known).

Among other works, The Distaff Side produced A Typographic Discourse for The Distaff Side of Printing, a Book by Ladies in 1937. This work was printed by Jane Grabhorn's Jumbo Press in San Francisco and is described in Princeton University's 2003 exhibit Unseen Hands: Women Printers, Binders & Book Designers. Oddly, though the exhibit features many of her contemporaries, it has only a brief mention of Beilenson. The Distaff Side is described in a 1939 Times Wide World (NYT) article written by Elizabeth La Hines, "Women, Experts in Designing of Books, Find Common Bond in The Distaff Side: Organization Formed by Feminine Typographers and Creative Printers in Newly Explored Field."(Times Wide World April 23, 1939. Section Society News, Women's News, Page 42, photo to left).

Edna Beilenson died on Saturday February 28, 1981 at the age of 71 as reported in this NYT Obituary Among her many accomplishments as noted in the obituary and in the history of Peter Pauper Press, Edna Beilenson was elected the first woman president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1958, among the first women elected to the Grolier Club, was a president and chairman of the Board of the Goudy Society, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London. The records of the Goudy Society are held in the Rochester Institute of Technology library.

Peter Beilenson and Edna Rudolf married in 1931 (?). The NYT published a notice of Peter's death at the age of 56 on January 20, 1962. He died of a heart attack at their home, 160 Lawrence Street in Mount Vernon, NY.

The NYT notes Beilenson's second marriage to Dr. Joseph Barmack of Mamaroneck, NY on June 19, 1966. The announcement places Edna Rudolph Beilenson at 1035 Fifth Avenue in New York.

background image from cover, Festive Dessert Cookery


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Silver, Rollo G.
Bookseller: Oak Knoll Books
Book Description: N.P. (American Printing History Association 1977)., 1977. Limited to 1000 copies. Designed by Herbert Johnson and printed by Edna Beilenson. Bumped. Binding is 4to., self paper wrappers. (8) pages. Bookseller Inventory # 19662

A Children's Sampler. Selections from Famous Children's Books, Printed with Care & Solicitude By the Ladies of the Distaff Side, in the Year of Our Lord. 
Bookseller: The Kelmscott Bookshop
Book Description: The Distaff Staff, 1950. LIMITED EDITION. Cloth Boards. 1 of 375 copies. As described in the introduction, the Distaff Side was a loosely-knit organization of women, the members of which came from printers, publishing houses, studios, and other places where devotees of the graphic arts might be found. Thus, this book was assembled from the contributions of many printers, artists, engravers, paper houses and publishers to be sold for charity. Includes Why the Sea is Salt by Thorne-Thomson, Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog by Twain, the Epic of the Lion by Hugo, and many more. A fine copy in yellow cloth boards with a red title to spine and front board. The interior is pristine. The stories are on varying kinds and colors of paper and printed in many different types. The book is housed in a near fine red slipcase with minor wear along the opening. Unpaginated

Bertha Goudy: First Lady of Printing: Rememberances of the Distaff Side of the Village Press
Rogers, Bruce; Dwiggins, Mabel H.; Lockhead, Alice Goudy; Bennett, Paul A.; Macy, George Goudy, F.W.
Bookseller: Last Exit Books
Book Description: The Distaff Side, N.Y., 1958. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good +. First Edition Limited Edition. First Edition Limited Edition this # 192 0f 200 issued Six chapters written by people who worked with Goudy, each printed on different paper and designed by a different typographer. Includes the Peter Pauper Press, Thistle Press, Spiral Press, Marchbanks Press and the Pickering Press. 12mo 72 pgs in cloth-backed marbled paper-covered board.

Warde, Beatrice; and Beaujon, Paul.
Bookseller: Blue Mountain Books & Manuscripts, Ltd.
Book Description: Maple Shade, New Jersey: Printed by John Anderson: The Pickering Press, April, ., 1953. 2 BOOKS WITH RELATED EPHEMERA AND PHOTOGRAPHS - Octavo, softcover bound in printed fine light grayish olive wraps titled in black & green. 28 unnumbered pages with selections of text by Beatrice Warde, under her own name as well as her pseudonym Paul Beaujon, which were designed by significant bookmen including Bruce Rogers, W.A. Dwiggins, Walter Howe, Richard Ellis, Joseph Blumenthal, Edna and Peter Beilenson of The Peter Pauper Press, Stan Engel, John Anderson, Arthur Rushmore, etc. Near fine. Inscribed and signed in ink by the printer John Anderson on the colophon page.[Together with]:SELECTIONS FROM THE ADDRESSES AND ESSAYS OF BW. Commemorating Mrs. Warde's visit to the U.S. in April, 1967. Jackson Heights, New York: Set and printed by Frank E. Powers, 1967. Octavo, softcover bound in printed grayish-white wraps titled in gray. 12 pages, with decorative monograms printed in gray on pages facing the text. Near fine.[With]:4 pages from the May-June 1953 issue of "Type Talks" containing the essay entitled: "BW Said: by Beatrice Warde".[And]:The 4-page prospectus for "The Crystal Goblet: sixteen essays on typography" by Beatrice Warde.A 4-page Invitation to the dinner hosted by The Type Directors Club and the Advertising Typographers to honor Beatrice Warde on May 27thth, 1953. Folded with some doodles in ink on the front cover.[Also]:A 4-1/4 inch high by 5-1/2 inch wide invitation to a Memorial Mass for Beatrice Ward at St. Paul's Chapel on Thursday, September 25, 1969.[And]:4 PHOTOGRAPHS by A. Burton Carnes, 3 of which depict Beatrice Ward with others in 1953 and one which depicts a page of signatures of those in attendence at the 1953 Typophile Luncheon honoring Beatrice Warde. All of the above are housed together in the original printed mailing envelope for "Concerning Words". Bookseller Inventory # 12602

Bookseller Photo GOUDY GAUDEAMUS: In Celebration of the Dinner Given Frederic W. Goudy. March Eighth 1939

Bookseller: Raymond Levin Rare Books
Book Description: The Distaff Side, 1939. Cloth & Boards. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. #141 of 195 numbered copies. Linen backed marbled boards. Bookplate of Printer Marie Berlin on front paste-down. Edge wear, a bit soiled with fraying to corners o/w very good. 25 gatherings by a variety of presses. First gathering (between the front endpapers) which opens to an 8.5" by 12" Valentine is loose from the binding. Contributors include Lucinda Wakefield, Jane Grabhorn, Club of Printing Women, Margaret Evens, Golden Hind, Spiral Press, Edna Beilenson, Madeline Forgue (Black Cat), Harbor Press, & C. The Distaff Side was an association of women printers, publishers, & artists. Done as a Valentine for Goudy after the Village Press was destroyed by fire for the 2nd time. Book will be shipped well protected in a box. Sales tax (6.5%) charged to Illinois residents. Private Press. Bookseller Inventory # 001833

Graphic Forms, the arts as related to the book. Gyorgy Kepes, P.J. Conkwright, W.A. Dwiggins, Edna Beilenson, Carl Purington Rollins, Donald Klopfer, Paul Rand, Merle Armitage, Walter Dorwin Teague, Samuel Chamberlain, Peter Beilenson, Herschel Levit, Lynd Ward, J. Donald Adams, Philip Hofer.
Wilson (Thomas J., editor)
Bookseller: Collinge & Clark
(Book Description: First edition, 8vo, pp.[viii],138 + fly-title + 40pp plates, Harvard University Press, 1949., 1949. Printed in Linotype Caledonia on wove paper, illustrated with plates. Black cloth with gilt spine titling, dust-jacket a little ragged at extremities. Ownership signature. A very good copy. Bookseller Inventory # 1558

Title Books from the Peter Pauper Press
Publisher Mount Vernon, N.Y. : The Press, [19--]
U of Oregon SCA Ref Z1036.P47 1900 LIB USE ONLY
Description 22 p. ; 22 cm
L.C. Subject Peter Pauper Press -- Bibliography -- Catalogs
Catalogs, Publishers' 

Peter Pauper Press bibliography.
by Peter Pauper Press.
Type: Book; English
Publisher: [White Plains, N.Y. : Peter Pauper Press], 2004.
Editions: 2 Editions
OCLC: 60246078
Related Subjects: Peter Pauper Press -- Bibliography -- Catalogs. | Catalogs, Publishers' -- New York (State) -- White Plains.

The Peter Pauper Press, 1928-1964
by Nora Conrad
Type: Book; English
Publisher: 1965.
Dissertation: Master's paper (M.S.L.S.)--University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1965.
OCLC: 9101162
Related Subjects: Peter Pauper Press.

Title Recalling Peter : the life and times of Peter Beilenson and his Peter Pauper Press / Edited by Paul A. Bennett, with a check list by David M. Glixon
Publisher New York : The Typophiles, 1964
Other Author Bennett, Paul A., 1897-1966
Description 86 p. : ill., port., facsims. ; 19 cm
Series Typophile chap books ; 40
L.C. Subject Beilenson, Peter, 1905-1962
Peter Pauper Press
LCCN 65005597
Local Lc No. Z232.B415 R4

The biography of a press : a study of the philosophy, history, and books of the Peter Pauper Press by Virginia Ruth Cooper. Florida State University, 1957. Thesis

The Peter Pauper Press : a history and cumulative list of publications. by Constance Balcom. University of Minnesota, 1959. Thesis.

Grabhorn, Jane. Catalog of an Exhibition of the Typographic Work of Jane Grabhorn. Stanford University Libraries, 1956. First edition, limited to 500 copies. A bibliography of her work under the imprints of The Jumbo Press, the Colt Press and miscellaneous works. With an introduction by William Roth, a co-founder of the Colt Press.

Grabhorn, Jane. A Typographic Discourse for The Distaff Side of Printing: A Book by Ladies. The Jumbo Press, 1937

Southern Oregon University Library

 The history of printing in America : with a biography of printers & an account of newspapers
Thomas, Isaiah, 1749-1831
New York : Weathervane Books : Distributed by Crown, c1970 3rd Floor Z205 .T56 1970b AVAILABLE

A history of printing; its development through five hundred years
Oswald, John Clyde, 1872-1938
New York, Appleton and Company, 1928 3rd Floor Z124 .O86 AVAILABLE
Western printing : a selective and descriptive bibliography of books and other materials on the history of printing in the Western States 1822-1975
Wentz, Roby
Los Angeles : Dawson's Book Shop, 1975 3rd Floor Z117 W4x AVAILABLE

The golden book; a history of printing and bookmaking,
McMurtrie, Douglas C. (Douglas Crawford), 1888-1944
New York, Covici, Friede, 1931 [c1927] 3rd Floor Z4 .M16 1931 AVAILABLE

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