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Finding Aid for the Ellis Booksellers Records, 1860-1928
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ellis Booksellers Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1860-1928
    Collection number: 425
    Creator: Ellis (Firm)
    Extent: 23 boxes (11.5 linear ft.) 38 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Frederick Startridge Ellis (1830- )was born in Richmond, Surrey, England. He opened a bookstore in Covent Garden (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. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of 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.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of George Smith, 1951.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ellis Booksellers Records (Collection 425). Department of 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; became assistant to bookseller C.J. Stewart in the Strand; in 1860 set up his own bookstore in Covent Garden; in 1872 took over premises of bookseller T. & W. Boone, and carried on a large business, mostly in old books and manuscripts; official buyer for the British Museum for many years; also published works by William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti; retired in 1885 and was succeeded by his nephew, Gilbert Ifold Ellis; from 1902-28 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 12-48).
    3. Trade day books (Boxes 51-53).
    4. Day books (Boxes 53-61).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Ellis, Frederick Startridge, 1830-1901.
    Ellis (Firm)--Archives.
    Booksellers and bookselling-- Great Britain--Archival resources.
    Publishers and publishing--Great Britain--Archival resources.