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Rampant Lions Press Archive

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9816

Scope and Contents

This collection contains papers arising from book, jobbing, and design work (including examples of ephemera but not usually books); miscellaneous correspondence; business papers; and publications by and about Will and Sebastian Carter.


  • Creation: 1924-2009


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 (


1 collection (15 linear metres, ca. 97 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Sebastian Carter in 2005. Additional material (see subseries B2 item 37) was presented by him in 2009. An additional four boxes were received from Sebastian Carter in April 2014, largely consisting of files relating to book printing (series A).

Related Materials

There is a further collection of ephemera from the Press, collected by the University Library at various times, that is not part of this archive (CUL classmark: 864.a.33 (119-121)).

Related material in Department of Archives and Modern Manuscripts, University of Cambridge: MS Add.9830: Will Carter’s collection of engravings by Reynold Stones; MS Add.9814/E/8: Papers of Allen Hutt: Will Carter; MS Add.8383/37: Thomas Philip Le Fanu: correspondence from Will Carter; MS Add.9812/D/52: correspondence between Stanley Morison and Will Carter, 1949-55; MS Add.9813: Papers of Francis Meynell, various correspondence.

Related material at King’s College, Cambridge: King’s/PP/SC/Carter: Thomas Sebastian Carter, 1983-5.


The Rampant Lions Press: a printing workshop through five decades (1983); S. Carter, 'The Rampant Lions Press: retrospectus and prospectus', Printing History 41 (2001), 37-42.
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