Finding Aid for the Bentley Family papers, 1849-1970

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Bentley Family papers
Date (inclusive): 1849-1970
Collection number: 1474
Creator: Bentley family.
Extent: 2 document boxes and 1 half document box (1.25 linear ft.)
Abstract: The Bentley family was prominent in the nineteenth-century publishing industry. Richard Bentley (1794-1871), after joining his brother Samuel in a successful printing business (1819), partnered with Henry Colburn (1829) to begin the long-running Standard Novels series. After dissolving the partnership with Colburn (1832), Richard began Bentley's Miscellany (1837), which boasted Charles Dickens then W.H. Ainsworth as editors. Richard's son George Bentley (1828-1895) then grandson Richard Bentley (1854-1936) ran Richard Bentley & Son until 1898, when it was sold to Macmillans. The collection consists of diaries, business- and farm-related records, texts written or published by the Bentley family, and works on Bentley family history.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Justin G. Schiller, purchase, 1977.

Processing Note

Processed by Whitney Braun in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli, 2009.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bentley Family papers (Collection Number 1474). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4230371 

Biography

The Bentley family was a prominent nineteenth-century British publishing family. Richard Bentley (1794-1871) joined his brother Samuel Bentley in a successful printing business in 1819. From 1829 to 1832, Richard partnered with publisher Henry Colburn to form Colburn & Bentley. The pair began the series Standard Novels, the successful monthly reprints that ended in 1854 with 126 volumes (and included authors such as William Godwin, Jane Austen, Victor Hugo, Washington Irving, Leigh Hunt, Letitia Landon, and Harriet Beecher Stowe). After the split with Colburn, Richard continued to publish, and in 1837 he created the successful Bentley's Miscellany. Both Charles Dickens and W.H. Ainsworth edited the periodical at various points (with Dickens's Oliver Twist first appearing in its pages), and George Cruikshank contributed illustrations. In 1866, Richard merged Bentley's Miscellany with Temple Bar, and his son George Bentley (1828-1895) became editor the following year, also taking on the leadership of Richard Bentley & Son. George's son, Richard Bentley (1854-1936) then ran the business from the mid-1880s until selling it to Macmillans in 1898.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of manuscript and printed material relating to Richard Bentley (1794-1871), George Bentley (1828-1895), and Richard Bentley (1854-1936), as well as Richard Bentley publishing and Richard Bentley & Son publishing. Manuscript materials include diaries, farm and garden records, collected quotations from literary works, literary essays and humorous journals, lists of works published by Richard Bentley and other firms, stock certificates, and correspondence. Published works in the collection (often with inscriptions) include texts written or published by the Bentley family, various works related to Bentley family history and current family circumstances (as well as works on Upton and Slough, England), works given to the Bentleys, and printing catalogues.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is organized into two series:
  1. Manuscript Material (Boxes 1, 3)
  2. Printed Works (Boxes 2, 3)

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Bentley family --Archives.
Bentley, Richard, 1794-1871.
Bentley, George, 1828-1895.
Bentley, R. (Richard), 1854-1936.
Publishers and publishing --England --Archival resources.

Items Removed from the Collection

Two books were removed from the collection and individually cataloged.
  • Lindsay, Lady. Caroline. London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1888. UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.
  • Lord, Walter Frewen. The Lost Empires of the Modern World: Essays in Imperial History. London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1897. UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

Related Material

Richard Bentley and Son Papers, 1800-1936 (Collection 830).   Available at the UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

Container List

 

Manuscript Material

Box 1, Folder 1

George Bentley (1828-1895), Deliciae Litterariae 1857-ca. 1886

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript collection of quotations from various sources. Includes printed excerpts, list of remuneration of authors, an illustration. Last dated entry is 1886. 507 pp.
Box 1, Folder 2

Account of "Trent Affair" with Farm Record, Upton 1861 December 4 (Trent Affair); ca. 1911-1932 (Farm Record)

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript book containing brief account of Trent Affair and British ministers. 3pp. Other side of book contains entries on Upton farm and farm animals, pertaining to period 1911-1932. Detailed records of cows.
Box 1, Folder 3

Diary of Richard Bentley (1854-1936), vol. 1 1854 May-1870 September

Scope and Content Note

Includes Bentley's own illustrations (often maps), as well as published illustrations/engravings; Bentley's note published in the Aberystwyth Observer (1869); list of Masters at Tonbridge School (1870); genealogies of the Bentley, Watkin (of Cynnull Mawr and Moelcernai), and Botten families; expenses from 1864-1870; index to the first volume; genealogy of languages. 82 pp.
Box 1, Folder 4

Diary of Richard Bentley (1854-1936), vol. 2 1870 September-1873 May

Scope and Content Note

Includes Bentley's own illustrations (often maps), as well as published illustrations/engravings; printed portraits of Richard Bentley (1794-1871); marriage and death announcements (Richard Bentley, Charlotte Bentley, Napoleon III, others); barometrical chart by George Bentley (1872); expenditures for 1872; address locations of family members (Christmas 1872); index to the second volume. 75 pp.
Box 1, Folder 5

Diary of Richard Bentley (1854-1936), vol. 4 1873 July-1875 September

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs, published illustrations/engravings, Bentley's illustrations, address locations of family members (Christmas 1874), list of Burlington Street establishment (Christmas 1874), expenditures for 1874, index to the fourth volume, genealogy of the Bentley family. 58 pp.
Box 1, Folder 6

Diary of Richard Bentley (1854-1936), vol. 5 1875 September-1877

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs; barometrical readings for Penmaenmawr, North Wales (1875 September); Great Eastern Railway notices; notes for continuation of journal (1876 July-September); death notice of Charlotte Maria Bentley; marriage notice of Frances Mary Bentley (1877). 132 pp, incomplete.
Box 1, Folder 7

Note-Book, Vol. 1 1875

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript book containing reflections on the lives and works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (14 pp.) and Samuel Pepys (4 pp.). Title page inscribed "Upton, Slough. 1875."
Box 1, Folder 8

Library List 1868 January- ca. 1869

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript book. Title page reads "Wanted An Atlas" and "Library List January 1868." Contains lists grouped under headings: Historical Works; Biographical Works; Essays, Sketches, etc.; Works of Fiction; Poetry; Miscellaneous; Divinity; Voyages and Travels; Dramatic Works; Dictionaries, etc.; and Classical Works. Includes lists "Pamphlets found"; "Register of books lent, etc" (1869); printed list of "Books sold by Auction Wednesday, 25th August 1869"; manuscript and printed lists of Standard Novels; various publishers' and authors' works; "books bought on April 21st, 1868 At the sale of Thomas Bottens"; "Six Shilling Series."
Box 1, Folder 9

Valentine, and note from John J. Sprigge 1858 (Valentine), 1922 May 9 (note)

Scope and Content Note

Box contains both Valentine and note. Text on box reads "Anagram on my name by Mr. George Johnson brother of our friend Mr. Cuthbert Johnson on 1858." Probably by George Bentley. Elaborate Valentine has feathers and cloth flowers, contains lines of written text with first letters spelling "Bentley." Note, probably to Richard Bentley (1854-1936), from John J. Sprigge regards membership ticket and subscription to Slough Cricket Club.
Box 1, Folder 10

Rose list 1867-1878

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript book entitled "Rose Leaves." Detailed record of roses, characteristics, dates planted and bloomed, location. Includes charts of garden (1875, 1876) and loose papers with lists of roses and chart of "new garden" (1878 April).
Box 1, Folder 11

Address book ca. 1891

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript address book, entries organized alphabetically by last name. Note regarding W.D. Edwards, candidate for clerkship. By Richard Bentley (1854-1936), according to dealer.
Box 1, Folder 12

George Bentley (1828-1895), A Common Place Book undated

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript collection of quotations from various sources. Includes cyanotype and printed excerpts, with two excerpts dated 1878 and 1887. 179 pp, plus index.
Box 3, Folder 3

The Slough Gazette and North Buckinghamshire Journal, No. 2-5, by Richard Bentley (1854-1936) 1867 February 1-1867 May 1

Scope and Content Note

Humorous manuscript journal with illustrations.
Box 3, Folder 4

Richard Bentley (1854-1936), stock certificates and receipt 1882 June 14-1886 March 17

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript records of financial transactions with stockbrokers Haggard, Hale & Pixley
Box 3, Folder 5

Letter from [Walter] Frewen Lord to Mr. [Richard] Bentley 1897 November 12

Box 3, Folder 6

Letter from Henry Romeike to Mary Russell Mitford, c/o Bentley & Son 1883 December 22

Scope and Content Note

Romeike promotes his news-clipping agency.
 

Printed Works

Box 2, Folder 1

R.C. Jebb. Bentley. In English Men of Letters, edited by John Morley. London: Macmillan and Co. 228 pp. 1882 (Bentley), 1883 August 11 (review clipping)

Scope and Content Note

Contains clipping of review of Bentley's Plautine Emendations, by E.A. Sonnenschein, in The Academy, No. 588
Box 2, Folder 2

Robert Cradock Nichols. Memoir of the late John Gough Nichols, F.S.A. Westminster. 45 pp. 1874 June

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed "To George Bentley [Esq.] from Mrs. John Gough Nichols, Holmwood Park, October 26th, 1874."
Box 2, Folder 3

Richard Bentley (1854-1936). Walter Bentley, Viceroy of Brittany. [Guildford: Billing.] 44 pp. 1910 July

Box 2, Folder 4

Robert Bell. Wayside Pictures through France, Belgium, and Holland. London: Richard Bentley. 456 pp. 1849

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed by Richard Bentley (1794-1871): "To my dear Sister Isabelle. Richard Bentley."
Box 2, Folder 5

Rev. Samuel Bentley. A Guide to the Village of Bosbury in Herefordshire. Malvern: Miss Baylis; Ledbury: Mr. Tilley. 27 pp. ca. 1890s

Scope and Content Note

Includes illustrations.
Box 2, Folder 6

Richard Bentley (1854-1936). John Bentley, Knight, Vice-Admiral of the White and One Time an Extra Commissioner of the Navy. Guildford, UK: Billing and Sons. 112 pp.

Scope and Content Note

Title page notes "Seventy-five copies printed at Guildford, 1921."
Box 2, Folder 7

Sotheby & Co. Catalogue of Valuable Printed Books, Autograph Letters and Historical Documents. [London: Robert Stockwell Ltd.] 157 pp. 1970

Scope and Content Note

Description of contents on title page. Days of sale: 1970 October 26-27. Contains note to Mrs. L.R. Bentley regarding listing of her property as items 438 (autograph receipt of Richard Bentley (1662-1742), dated 1732 May 23, concerning his edition of Paradise Lost) and 439 (documents of Richard L'Estrange, dated 1688 March 26, assigning rights to books to Richard Bentley, Jacob Tonson, Joseph Hindmarsh).
Box 2, Folder 8

George Bentley. After Business: Papers Written in the Intervals of Work. [Edinburgh, R. &R. Clark.] 162 pp. Copy 1. 1883

Box 2, Folder 9

George Bentley. After Business: Papers Written in the Intervals of Work. [Edinburgh, R. &R. Clark.] 162 pp. Copy 2. 1883

Scope and Content Note

Contains note "I thought that this little book might be useful sometimes, though I know that Dick has the best ones on the subject - Its size attracted me - G.B."
Box 2, Folder 10

George Bentley. After Business: Papers Written in the Intervals of Work. [Edinburgh, R. &R. Clark.] 162 pp. Copy 3. 1883

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed: "To Richard Bentley with the affectionate love of the Author. Feby 21 1884."
Box 2, Folder 11

George Bentley. After Business: Papers Written in the Intervals of Work. [Edinburgh, R. & R. Clark.] 162 pp. Copy 4. 1883

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed: "To my dear Aunt with the affectionate love of the Author."
Box 2, Folder 12

Susanna Cottee, James Munnings. James Munnings: An Outline of his Life. To Which is Added, His "Attempts at Sermons." Privately printed. 106 pp. 1877

Scope and Content Note

Preface by George Bentley.
Box 2, Folder 13

John Nichols, Alexander Chalmers. Tributes of Respect to John Nichols. Birth Day & Other Poems. Memoir of Joseph Cradock. 88 pp.

Scope and Content Note

Includes illustrations and correspondence. Note pasted inside reads "For R Bentley [...] B Nichols, affectionate Regards."
Box 2, Folder 14

Richard Bentley (1854-1936). Some Stray Notes upon Slough and Upton, Collected from Various Sources. Privately printed. 79 pp. Copy 1. 1892

Box 3, Folder 1

John Murray. Variations on Number Fifty. [London: John Murray.] 24 pp. 1964

Scope and Content Note

"This Limited Edition compiled and printed by John Murray VII for his friends and the friends of Fifty Albemarle Street." Contains illustrations and inscription: "To Mrs. Bentley with very affectionate thoughts from all the Murrays. Xmas 1964. Young John's first production!"
Box 3, Folder 2

Proof binding for Miss Tod and the Prophets, by Mrs. Hugh Bell. Bentley. ca. 1898

Scope and Content Note

Bound with blank pages. Contains handwritten note "Size-Copy 'Miss Todd.'"
Box 3, Folder 7

The Will of Thomas Bentley, M.D., Second President of the Royal College of Physicians and Doctor to King Henry VIII, with a Brief Note on His Career. 28 pp. 2 copies. printed in 1913

Scope and Content Note

Probably by Richard Bentley, according to dealer.
Box 3, Folder 8

Notes and Queries. Vol. 171. No. 8. [London: Rolls House Publishing Co. Ltd.] 20 pp. 1936 August 22

Scope and Content Note

Contains article "Richard Bentley, 1854-1936: A Bookman's Tribute," by Michael Sadleir (pp. 131-133).
Box 3, Folder 9

Monographs I, II, III, V regarding members of the Bentley family. undated

Scope and Content Note

Monograph I titled "John Bentley." 4 pp. Monograph II titled "Sir Walter Bentley: Captain of the Duchy of Brittany, and Lieutenant of the King." 4 pp. Monograph III titled "William Bentley: Merchant and Ship-Owner." 4 pp. Monograph V titled "Some Ecclesiastical Notes" and includes sections on Thomas Bentley, D.D.; Rev. Peter Bentley; and The Abbot of Welbeck. 4 pp.
Box 3, Folder 10

Tear-sheets from book Men of Business, pp. 145-156, 159-164. Sections on William (b. 1601) and Edward (1817-1861) Bentley, Robert Bentley (1825-1893), Holman Bentley, Edward Bentley (b. 1753). undated

Scope and Content Note

Entries "William and Edward Bentley" and "Edward Bentley" include some ink corrections and note "Revise 22-7-96."
Box 3, Folder 11

Thomas Carlyle and Anne Benson Procter. Letters addressed to Mrs. Basil Montagu and B.W. Procter by Mr. Thomas Carlyle. London: Printed for private circulation by Chiswick Press. 33 pp. 1881

Scope and Content Note

Preface by Anne Benson Procter. Inscribed "Mr. Bentley from Mr. Kemble."
Box 3, Folder 12

Richard Bentley (1854-1936). Some Stray Notes upon Slough and Upton, Collected from Various Sources. Privately printed. 79 pp. Copy 2. 1892

Scope and Content Note

Copy is unbound and uncut.
Box 3, Folder 13

A List of Electro- and Stereo-Type Plates, Papier-Mache Moulds, and also Illustration Blocks in Wood or Metal (not Steel- or Copper-Plates, or Litho-Stones), the Property of, or Partly Owned by, Messrs. Richard Bentley & Son. 16 pp. 1883 January, February

Scope and Content Note

Cover states "Part I. Private."
Box 3, Folder 14

A List of Steel and Copper Plates, Lithographic Stones, Negatives, &c. (not Illustrations 'worked in or with the text'), the Property of, or Partly Owned by, Messrs. Richard Bentley and Son, Now in the hands of various Firms. [England.] 123 pp. 1884 May, June

Scope and Content Note

Cover states "Part II. Private."