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Ye Sette of Odd Volumes Collection MS.1950.043
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  • Title: Ye Sette of Odd Volumes Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.1950.043
    Contributing Institution: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 6.0 Linear feet (6 boxes, plus bound items)
    Date (inclusive): 1878-1950
    Abstract: Ephemera and correspondence related to Ye Sette of Odd Volumes from the collections of Ralph Straus and John Hassall. The majority of material is printed ephemera related to Odd Volumes meetings and activities, but there is also a substantial amount of correspondence written to John Hassall, as well as a manuscript notebook of minutes kept during meetings from 1919-1921.
    creator: Sette of Odd Volumes. (Book club)


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Clark Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


    This collection contains material originally part of the private collections of Odd Volumes Ralph Straus and John Hassall. Materials from the collection of Ralph Straus include the items listed here as well as a bookcase containing printed publications printed for the Sette. These materials were all purchased in 1950 and are a part of accession number MS.1950.043. The notebook of minutes appears to also be from the collection of Ralph Straus and was purchased in 1951 (MS.1951.037).
    Materials from the collection of John Hassall were purchased by the Clark Library in 1951 (MS.1951.036).

    Processing History

    This collection was processed and this finding aid created by Rebecca Fenning Marschall in 2013.


    This collection is arranged into 3 series:
    • Series I. Odd Volumes Bookcase, 1878-1938;
    • Series II. Additional Materials from the Ralph Straus Collection, 1883-1950;
    • Series III. John Hassall's Odd Volume Collection, 1901-1939.

    Historical Note

    Ye Sette of Odd Volumes was a London-based bibliophilic club, begun in 1878 by bookseller Bernard Quaritch. The Sette's members included a wide-ranging cross-section of notable men, including literary figures, artists, scientists, politicians, businessmen and eccentrics. The original Sette petered out at the outbreak of World War II in 1939, but rebanded in 1950 with a new group of members.
    Ralph Straus served as President of the Sette from 1913-1919, in addition to serving as its self-appointed archivist. A novelist and biographer, Straus collected copies of all Sette publications (both formal and ephemeral) when possible.
    John Hassall, a prominent illustrator and artist, was also a longtime member of the Sette. He served as president from 1908-1909 and also collected an assortment of Sette ephemera and related correspondence.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of ephemeral publications and correspondence created by or related to Ye Sette of Odd Volumes, dating from approximately 1878-1950. Ephemeral materials included are largely invitations and programs/menus printed for the Sette. There are also some printed keepsakes and some original drawings by John Hassall and Rupert T. Gould. Most correspondence included here is written to John Hassall from other members of the Sette, though there are also some letters written to Ralph Straus as well. Most correspondence is expressly about Sette business or intrapersonal politics.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Hassall, John, 1868-1948
    Straus, Ralph, 1882-1950
    Book clubs--Great Britain
    Book collecting--Great Britain
    Ephemera--England--19th century
    Ephemera--England--20th century