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
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).
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
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.
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
American Printing History Association
WRITING THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN PRINTING
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.
CONCERNING SOME WORDS BY BEATRICE WARDE & TYPES BY VARIED HANDS.
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 #
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 5¾" - 6¾" 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
Peter Pauper Press bibliography.
by Peter Pauper Press.
Type: Book; English
Publisher: [White Plains, N.Y. : Peter Pauper Press], 2004.
Editions: 2 Editions
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
Dissertation: Master's paper (M.S.L.S.)--University of North Carolina at Chapel
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
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
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