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Geoffrey Bles Publishers Archive

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-114

Scope and Contents

This archive contains business correspondence and miscellanea relating to Geoffrey Bles, the publisher of various works by C.S. Lewis. Prominent correspondents include: C.S. Lewis, Jocelyn Gibb, Owen Barfield, J.R.R. Tolkien, Warren H. Lewis, Clyde S. Kilby, Nevill Coghill, Spencer Curtis Brown, and Austin Farrer. Topics discussed in the correspondence include notes on the publication of Lewis’s works, permissions and copyright agreements, translations, dramatizations, fan mail, and general reference questions.

The originals of these papers are held by the Bodleian Library, Oxford, England, and were deposited there by Collins, publishers, through Jocelyn Gibb and Walter Hooper in 1974. The Bodleian shelf numbers for this collection are: Dep. c. 771-775 (formerly MSS. Res. b. 75-6). The date ranges are as follows: c. 771: 1956-1960, c. 772: 1961- 1963, c. 773: 1964, c. 774: 1965, c. 775: 1966-1974 and misc. papers. These copies were received at the Wade Center in 2008.

Each folder lists a selected group of included correspondents and topics, arranged chronologically with the exception of folders 34 and 35. This finding aid is not an exhaustive listing of correspondents and topics contained in the archive. All C.S. Lewis letters in this archive may also be found in the C.S. Lewis letters collection in the Wade Center (see: Publisher Correspondence). Letters by Owen Barfield and J.R.R. Tolkien have also been copied and placed in the Barfield and Tolkien letter collections.

All letters by Warren H. Lewis have been cross-referenced with the Warren H. Lewis Letter Collection. Some manuscript material by C.S. Lewis has been removed from this archive and placed in the Lewis manuscript collection, including the call numbers: CSL / MS-183 to 190.


  • Created: 1952-1974

Conditions Governing Access

Copies or publication of materials by C.S. Lewis require permissions from The C.S. Lewis Company.


1.00 box : 35 folders

1 Linear Feet

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This archive contains business correspondence and miscellanea relating to Geoffrey Bles, the publisher of various works by C.S. Lewis.

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Related Materials

Researchers interested in this archive may also wish to consult the following resources in the Wade Center holdings:

C.S. Lewis letter collection, Publisher Correspondence

Wade Center Article File (contains book reviews and other Lewis-related articles)

Warren H. Lewis Letter Collection archive

Other materials in the Wade Center holdings may relate to the topics in this archive. See the archivist for further research assistance.

C.S. Lewis Publisher materials in collections other than the Wade Center:

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY (Manuscript and Archives Division)

- Macmillan Company Records, Series VI. Author Files, b. 61 - Lewis, Clive Staples (Contains correspondence regarding motion picture rights for The Screwtape Letters with Christopher Morley, who wrote a screenplay, 1943-1948)


- J.M. Dent and Sons Records, 1834-1986 (Collection Number: 11043)

- J.M. Dent and Sons Woodblocks, 1899-1968 (Collection Number: 12023)


- Sheed and Ward Records, 1933-1973 (SAW)

- Sheed and Ward Family Papers, 1832-1982 (SWD)

UNIVERSITY OF READING (Special Collections)

-Archive of British Printing and Publishing, including records relating to Lewis and the Bodley Head, Longman Group, etc.

Other Descriptive Information

Processor: Laura Schmidt, 2011. There is an acquisition file for this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura Schmidt

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Repository Details

Part of the Marion E. Wade Center Repository

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