The Peter Pauper Press of Peter and Edna Beilenson
The Peter Pauper Press of Peter and Edna Beilenson by Sean Donnelly & J. B. Dobkin is both a comprehensive bibliography and a history of one of America’s most successful family publishing businesses. It’s the first complete descriptive listing of all the books and publications from the founding of the Peter Pauper Press by Peter Beilenson in 1928 until the last book published under the supervision of Edna Beilenson in 1979. Based on the J. B. Dobkin Peter Pauper Press Collection in the Tampa Book Arts Studio Library, the book has been 12 years in preparation. It includes complete descriptive bibliographic entries for more than 650 Peter Pauper Press editions and ephemera, plus some 357 printing commissions, indexes by author and artist, over 40 pages of color illustrations, and dozens of black and white reproductions of books and photographs.
J. B. Dobkin (1922-2018) was Assistant Director in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of Toronto, Director of Special Collections at the University of Florida, Director of Libraries at Arizona State University, and Special Collections Librarian at the University of South Florida, where he retired in 1988. He served for many years as Executive Secretary of the Florida Historical Society, had been both President and Vice President of the Florida Bibliophile Society, Chairman of the Pinellas County Public Library Cooperative Board, and President of the Largo Library Foundation. After retiring, he built the genealogy collection at the Largo Library into one of the largest in Florida. He has published numerous articles on juvenile literature in collectors magazines and bibliographic publications. He had served as volunteer librarian at Heritage Village since 1996, and was Chief of the Tampa Book Arts Studio Library Collections.
Sean Donnelly has been assistant to the director of the University of Tampa Press since 2001, where he has done editorial and design work on literary journals and a variety of books, ranging from poetry to Florida history. He helped found the press's line of supernatural literature, which includes several important H. P. Lovecraft titles. He has edited or written four previous books, including W. Paul Cook: The Wandering Life of a Yankee Printer (Hippocampus Press). He is also an antiquarian bookseller, for many years as an online dealer and more recently as co-owner of a bookstore in Madeira Beach, Florida. He volunteered for many years for the Fine Press Book Association as its North American Membership Secretary and served on the board of the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association.