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Ellis Booksellers records, 1860-1928
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  • Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement

  • Title: Ellis Booksellers records
    Collection number: 425
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 11.5 linear feet (23 boxes and 38 oversize boxes)
    Date: 1860-1928
    Abstract: Frederick Startridge Ellis (1830-1901) was born in Richmond, Surrey, England. He opened a bookstore in Covent Garden in 1860 dealing in old books and manuscripts. He was the official buyer for the British Museum for many years and published works by William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The collection consists of Ellis booksellers correspondence, mostly concerned with the sale of rare books; 14 day books; and 39 letter books.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance through our electronic paging system using the request button located on this page.
    Creator: Ellis (Firm).

    Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

    Property rights to the physical object belong to 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.

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance through our electronic paging system using the request button located on this page.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of George Smith, 1951.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ellis Booksellers Records (Collection 425). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1217959 

    Biography

    Frederick Startridge Ellis was born on June 7, 1830 in Richmond, Surrey, England. He became assistant to bookseller C.J. Stewart in the Strand and in 1860 set up his own bookstore in Covent Garden. In 1872 he took over the premises of bookseller T. & W. Boone, and carried on a large business, mostly in old books and manuscripts. An official buyer for the British Museum for many years, he also published works by William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. He retired in 1885 and was succeeded by his nephew, Gilbert Ifold Ellis. From 1902-1928 the firm was run by J.J. Holdsworth, George Smith, and Frank Benger.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of Ellis booksellers correspondence, mostly concerned with the sale of rare books; 14 day books; and 39 letter books. Correspondents include Dante Gabriel Rosseti, William Morris, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Joseph Crawhall, John Maynard Keynes, and George Bernard Shaw.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Correspondence (Boxes 1-11).
    2. Letter books (Boxes 12-50).
    3. Trade day books (Boxes 51-53).
    4. Day books (Boxes 53-61).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Ellis (Firm)--Archives..
    Ellis, Frederick Startridge, 1830-1901
    Booksellers and bookselling--Great Britain--Archives.
    Publishers and publishing--Great Britain--Archives.