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Meynell, Sir Francis Meredith Wilfrid, 1891-1975 (Knight, publisher and poet)



  • Existence: 1891-1975

Francis Meynell (1891-1975) was a typographical designer and proprietor of the Nonesuch Press. He was also a political activist in his younger years, a writer and designer of advertising, and a poet.

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Papers of Francis Meynell

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9813
Scope and Contents This collection includes Meynell's archive of papers in his various occupations, including his years at the Pelican Press (1916-23) and Nonesuch Press (1923-36 and 1952-68, although the papers of what he called 'pre-war Nonesuch' are mostly lost). Further papers related to typographical and other design come from Meynell's work for the Limited Editions Club, the advertising firm Mather and Crowther, the Board of Trade, H. M. Stationery Office, the Post Office, and others. Besides these, the...
Dates: 1732-1991 (Only a few papers are before 1890 or after 1976.)
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 Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

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