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Davis, Sir Rupert Charles Hart, 1907-1999 (Knight, author, editor and publisher)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1907 - 1999

Biography

Sir Rupert Hart-Davis (1907-1999) was a London-born publisher, editor, and man of letters, and founder of the publishing company Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd, established in 1946. As Siegfried Sassoon's literary adviser, he published selections of Sassoon's war poetry, 'Siegfried Sassoon: The War Poems' (1983, Faber and Faber), his 'Letters to Max Beerbohm' (1986), and three volumes of his diaries, 'Siegfried Sassoon, Diaries 1915-1918; 1920-1922; 1923-1925' (1981-1985).

Found in 23 Collections and/or Records:

 Series

ABC for book collectors, 1951-1973

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8230
Scope and Contents

There were 5 editions in Carter's lifetime: 1952-1972.

Dates: 1951-1973
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Item

copy of letter from Rupert Hart-Davis to Jessica Brett Young, 31 Jul 1959

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8905/10/Y/59
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Hassall died intestate. His working papers were taken to the Royal Society of Literature by his assistant Gillian Paterson, who arranged and (presumably) listed them. They were bought by CUL from Bloomsbury Book Auctions in 1992. They were housed in paper box files 1 25 and cartons A D, as listed. They have now been re boxed, in 28 boxes and one packet, which has involved some reorganisation of the material and hence some rearrangement and re numbering of the original list.

Dates: 31 Jul 1959
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 File

Correspondence, 1944-1950

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9813/B20/1
Scope and Contents

The correspondents include the editors, Charles Batey, Rupert Hart-Davis, Vita Sackville-West (who wrote the introduction to the volume), Reynolds Stone, and the publisher Jonathan Cape. At the end of the sequence are letters of thanks from recipients of presentation copies. The correspondence includes each editor's choices of essays and poems for inclusion.

Dates: 1944-1950
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 File

Correspondence 1947, 1947

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9813/D42/13
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include Brooke Crutchley, Rupert Hart-Davis, Ernest Ingham, Seán Jennett, Robert Leighton, George Macy, Stephen Potter, E. H. Visiak In the same sequence is correspondence between Meynell and the Nonesuch Press (Monica Herring, Robert Leighton).

Dates: 1947
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 File

Correspondence 1950, 1950

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9813/D42/16
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include Julia R. Broun, Draeger Frères (the date is estimated), Felix Gluck, Rupert Hart-Davis, Monica Herring, Lynton Lamb, Robert Leighton, George Macy, McKenna and Co. (V. E. C. Harriss), Stefan Mrozewski, National Book League (Elizabeth Edmondston), Peter O'Brien, Odhams Press Ltd (F. W. Heath), Reading Christian Arts Festival, and Martin Zander. With the letters is a Certificate of Registration for 'The Nonesuch Press'.

Dates: 1950
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 File

Correspondence after publication, 1944-1960

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9813/B8/5
Scope and Contents

Chiefly letters of thanks to Meynell for presentation copies. Among the writers are John Arlott, Sydney Cockerell, Alfred Fairbank, Rupert Hart-Davies, Richard De la Mare, and Osbert Sitwell.

Dates: 1944-1960
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 File

Curtis Brown Ltd, 1963-1983

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9429/3B
Dates: 1963-1983
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Item

Headed notepaper from Rupert Hart-Davis' business, 1980 (date inferred)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/1/25/2
Scope and Contents

Used as a label or bookmark for the journal, perhaps indicating he intended to publish Sassoon's diaries beyond 1922. This item was removed from MS Add.9852/1/25 folio /125.

Dates: 1980 (date inferred)
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: This notebook and its enclosures have been digitised and can be viewed in full on the Cambridge Digital Library at http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-ADD-09852-00001-00025/1. The original items are currently unavailable for consultation due to their poor physical condition.
 Item

Headed notepaper from Rupert Hart-Davis' business, 1980 (date inferred)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/1/4/2
Scope and Contents

Used as a label or bookmark for the journal, presumably whilst creating an edited version for publication. This item was removed from the front cover of MS Add.9852/1/4.

Dates: 1980 (date inferred)
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: This notebook and its enclosures have been digitised and can be viewed in full on the Cambridge Digital Library at http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-ADD-09852-00001-00004/1. The original items are currently unavailable for consultation due to their poor physical condition.
 Item

Headed notepaper from Rupert Hart-Davis' business, 1980 (circa)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/7/1/1/5
Scope and Contents

Marked 'Notes for Siegfried's Journey'; used as a label or bookmark. Removed from back cover of MS Add.9852/7/1/1.

Dates: 1980 (circa)
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Fragile - please handle with care.
 Item

Headed notepaper from Rupert-Hart Davis Limited, 1946-1963 (date is inferred)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/6/7/2
Scope and Contents

Single sheet of headed notepaper showing the company logo of a fox against a background of oak leaves. It appears to have been used as a bookmark. On the reverse is a brief note [by Hart-Davis?] on the main contents of the notebook in which it was enclosed (MS Add.9852/6/7).

Dates: 1946-1963 (date is inferred)
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Fragile, cover is loose - please handle with care.
 File

Letter from Rupert [Hart-Davis] (The Old Rectory, Marske-in-Swaledale) to Geoffrey Keynes, 30 Apr. 1976

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8491/2
Scope and Contents

Is glad Keynes has salvaged 'Vigils'; requests the titles and first lines of the unpublished poems; has requested that purchasers of Sassoon manuscripts be informed of his interest in them.

Dates: 30 Apr. 1976
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 File

Letter from Rupert [Hart-Davis] (The Old Rectory, Marske-in-Swaledale) to Geoffrey Keynes, 13 Oct. 1980

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8491/4
Scope and Contents

Enclosing a copy of Keynes' note about the 'Vigils' manuscript (see MS Add.8491/3).

Dates: 13 Oct. 1980
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 File

Letter from Rupert Hart-Davis to Peter Hawkes; London, 11 Nov. 1964

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9846/58
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Letters and related items, mostly addressed to the editors of the Cambridge Review, and predominantly to Peter Hawkes. Some letters were intended for publication; most of the others concern the contribution (or otherwise) of articles and book reviews.

Dates: 11 Nov. 1964
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Sub-Series

Letters from Rupert Hart-Davis, (b.1907), publisher, (Henley and Marske-in-Swaledale) to Siegfried Sassoon re literary and personal news, 1946-1967 (1946-8; 1967)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8889/3/168-71
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

The collection largely comprises letters addressed to Sassoon although there are few other recipients such as Glen Byam Shaw and Georgiana Theresa Thornycroft, Siegfried Sassoon's mother. There are also some postcards; draft and unpublished copies of poems; bills; and other related papers.

Dates: 1946-1967 (1946-8; 1967)
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Item

Notes of conversations with E. Bagnold, Lord Boothby, Sir R. C. Hart-Davis, Sir M. M. Postan, Lord Ritchie-Calder and others, 1980-1981

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9429/2B/112-125
Dates: 1980-1981
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 File

Other correspondence, 1951-1966

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9813/D12/5
Scope and Contents The correspondents include G. W. Armitage, John Betjeman, Gabrielle Blyth, British Council (Renée Haynes), J. Bryan, Patrick Cahill, Philip Comyns Carr, Alan Chappelow, Viscount Devonport, Archie Douglas, Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd (Mervyn Horder), Juliet Duff, Reginald Dyson, Janet M. Glover, Rupert Hart-Davis, Monica Herring, Eleanor Jebb, Reginald Jebb, Hugh Macintosh, George Macy, Françoise Martin, Harold Nicolson, Francis Oppenheimer, A. D. Peters, Max Reinhardt, Leonard Russell,...
Dates: 1951-1966
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 File

Other correspondents (H), 1915-1972

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9813/C1/50
Scope and Contents

They are: John Hadfield, Desmond Harmsworth, Wilfred Harrison, Rupert Hart-Davis, H. W. Häusermann, Godfrey Hayman, Ambrose Heal, Maurice Healy, G. Bruno Hicks, Laura Z. Hobson, Ralph Hodgson, C. G. Hookway, and Ellic Howe.

Dates: 1915-1972
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Item

Research correspondence with Sir R. C. Hart-Davis (46-53), R. W. Keyserlingk (54-60) and others, 1979-1982

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9429/2B/1-111
Dates: 1979-1982
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Sub-Series

Rupert Hart-Davis, 1900-1967 (early-mid 20th century)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7935/363-365
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Miscellaneous letters, cards and photographs, which Sassoon sent to Mother Margaret with some of his letters. These items have become separated from their covering letters (section /1-345). Identifying the appropriate covering letter might allow the researcher to date the item more accurately.

Dates: 1900-1967 (early-mid 20th century)
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 File

Rupert Hart-Davis, 1957-1975 (mid-late 20th century)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7935/419
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Including letters about his death and appreciations of him and of his work.

Dates: 1957-1975 (mid-late 20th century)
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Sub-Series

Rupert Hart-Davis, 1980 (date approximate)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/12/7
Scope and Contents

Typescripts of Sassoon's diaries made by Rupert Hart-Davis.

Dates: 1980 (date approximate)
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Fonds

Siegfried Sassoon: Papers Accumulated by Sir Rupert Hart-Davis

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9724
Scope and Contents

These notebooks, loose drafts, letters and diaries of Siegfried Sassoon were purchased by Cambridge University Library in March 2006 from Roy Davids Ltd, acting on behalf of their owner George Sassoon, son of Siegfried Sassoon. They had formerly been in the possession of Sir Rupert Hart-Davis, who accumulated them in the process of editing Sassoon's diaries, letters and poems for publication.

Dates: 1900-1999 (20th century)
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).

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