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The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920-1925

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Franklin Abbott

Achmed Abdullah

Mary Aldis

George William Amis

Sherwood Anderson

Egmont Arens

Mary Austin

Eugene S. Bagger


Winslow M. Bell

William Rose Benét

Florence Blackstone

Paul J. Blackstone

David William Bone

Albert Boni

Charles Boni

Ernest Augustus Boyd

Will Bradley

Berton Braley

Max M. Breslow

Heywood Broun

Albert Brush

Arthur Caesar

Henry Seidel Canby

Jonathan Cape

Gene Carr

Oscar Edward Cesare

Christine Challenger

Betty Ross Clarke

Helen Louise Cohen

Alta May Coleman

Seward Collins

Frank Conroy

George Cram Cook

John Cournos

Bosworth Crocker

J. Vincent Crowne

Homer Croy

Mary Carolyn Davies

Helena Smith Dayton

Fred Erving Dayton

Floyd Dell

S. A. DeWitt

Roy Dickinson

Charles Divine

Alice Willits Donaldson

John Dos Passos

Theodore Dreiser

Joseph Drum

Robert L. Eaton

Laurie York Erskine

Wilfred Ewart

Henry Guy Fangel

John Chipman Farrar

Hugh Ferriss

Arthur Davison Ficke

John Bernard Flannagan

Dwight Franklin

James Earle Fraser

Joseph Lewis French

Robert Frothingham

Barney Gallant

Porter Garnett

Susan Glaspell

Montague Glass

Joseph Gollomb

Herbert S. Gorman

Stephen Graham

Dorothy L. A. Grant

Harry Wagstaff Gribble

William Gropper

Louise Closser Hale

Harry Hansen

Sadakichi Hartmann

Josephine Herbst

John Herrmann

W. E. Hill

Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

Robert Cortes Holliday

Terence Holliday

Guy Holt

Holland Hudson

Peter Lord Templeton Hunt

Frank Townsend Hutchens

Lewis Jackson

Norman Jacobsen

Rutger Bleecker Jewett

Orrick Johns

Merle De Vore Johnson

Jeanne Judson

Harry Kemp

Bernice Lesbia Kenyon

John G. Kidd

William A. (William Albion) Kittredge

Eastwood Lane

Lawrence Langner

Christian Leden

Courtenay Lemon

Sinclair Lewis

Ludwig Lewisohn

Max Liebermann

Nicholas Vachel Lindsay

Preston Lockwood

Hendrick Willem Van Loon

Lingard Loud

Pierre Loving

Orson Lowell

C. R. Macauley

Kenneth Macgowan

Lawton Mackall

Hector MacQuarrie

John Albert Macy

Jane Mander

Don Marquis

H. A. Mathes

William McFee

Alexander McKay

Hawley McLanahan

Charles M. McLean

Ada Jaffray McVickar

Scudder Middleton

George Middleton

John Mistletoe

Roy Mitchell

Christopher Morley

Robert Nathan

Dudley Nichols

Robert Nichols

Charles Norman

Joseph Jefferson O'Neil

Florence O'Neill

Ivan Opffer

Martha Ostenso

Lou Paley

Edmund Lester Pearson

Basil H. Pillard

Ethel McClellan Plummer

Alexander Popini

William MacLeod Raine

Ben Ray Redman

Charles J. Reed

Lola Ridge

Felix Riesenberg

W. Adolphe Roberts

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin (Ted) Meade Robinson

Bruce Rogers

L. Stuart Rose

Herb Roth

Edward Royce

Tony Sarg

Jacob Salwyn Schapiro

Walter Schnackenberg

Thomas Seltzer

Fern Forrester Shay

Margaret Badollet Caldwell Shotwell

Emil Siebern

Upton Sinclair

John Sloan

Thorne Smith

David Tosh Smith

Robert A. Smith

Charles Somerville

Vincent Starrett

Vilhjalmur Stefansson

Donald Ogden Stewart

Gordon Stiles

Emily Strunsky

Genevieve Taggard

Gardner Teall

Sara Teasdale

Lloyd M. Thomas

Basil Thompson

Paul Thompson

Helen Thurlow

Adolph Treidler

Peter Underhill

Harvey P. Vaughn

Walter Vodges

C. A. Voight

Mary Heaton Vorse

Webb Waldron

J. Leeming Walker

Foster Ware

John V. A. Weaver

Luther E. Widen

Edward Arthur Wilson

Lily Winner

Robert L. Wolf

Cuthbert Wright


Theodore F. Zucker


Location on door: front, panel 2

Book Arts

Book Editors


"Bardar" was the penname of Samuel bar Hammurabi Yaqub (dates unknown), a Jewish Persian-Assyrian poet originally from the village of Shirabad, near Urmia, in northwestern Iran. He was born in the late nineteenth century and came to the United States at the age of fifteen. In New York, he published his work in Kokhva, a Yiddish or German periodical published from 1919 to 1921, and also in an English-Assyrian publication, probably the Persian-American Courier, a weekly published from 1915 to about 1921. The Syriac text shows the poet's full name, and the Arabic text on the far right translates as "b-r-d-r."

Bardar was also known as Samuel A. Jacobs, and worked in the publishing industry. Most notably, he was E. E. Cummings' favorite typesetter for many years; in a 1925 letter to Horace Livewright, Cummings said, "Mr. Jacobs, as you may or may not know, is the only living person (literally) who understands just what I require in the way of typography." Bar Dar, as Cummings addressed him in correspondence, set the type for several of Cummings' books in the 1920s.

(Thanks are due to Eden Naby of Harvard University, who provided the identification, and Robin Dougherty of the University of Texas Libraries, who provided supporting information.)

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    Creator: Jacobs, Sam A.; E. E. Cummings


    Title: A letter from Bardar to E. E. Cummings, July 16th, 1931, and preliminary pages from Cummings' VV (New York : H. Liveright, 1931)

    Item Date: 1931

    Material Type: Manuscript

    Curatorial Department: Manuscripts Collection

    Collection Name: E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings Collection

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A letter from Bardar to E. E. Cummings, July 16th, 1931, and preliminary pages from Cummings' VV (New York : H. Liveright, 1931)

In this letter to Cummings, Bardar humorously discussed the challenges of achieving the "much longed for touch of finality or perfection" in print.  The letter is followed by the limitation page, title page, verso of the title page ("Typography by S. A. Jacobs), and the first page of the poem from the book referenced in Bardar's letter, VV by Cummings.