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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: William Upcott correspondence
    Creator: Upcott, William, 1779-1845
    Identifier/Call Number: mssUP
    Physical Description: 16.5 Linear Feet (11 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1763-1845
    Date (bulk): 1817-1845
    Abstract: Papers belonging to William Upcott, English antiquary, autograph collector, and dealer.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. William Upcott correspondence, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Zeitlin & VerBrugge, 1951.

    Biographical / Historical

    William Upcott (1779-1845) was an English antiquary, autograph collector, and dealer. He was employed by several London bookshops and spent the period from 1806 to 1834 as a sub-librarian of the London Institution. Beyond collecting and selling manuscripts and prints, Upcott wrote texts of his own, including A bibliographical account of the principal works relating to English topography. After Upcott's death his collections were sold at auction; the British Library purchased the majority of his manuscripts.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection contains correspondence relating to Upcott's collections of books, manuscripts, and prints. Much of the correspondence is between Upcott and various collectors with whom he engaged in business. Issues addressed within the correspondence include the life and work of William Upcott and 19th century bookselling and collecting practices. Correspondents include Charles Dickens, Sir William Fitzroy, Josiah Forshall, William Henry Hyett, Sir Thomas Phillipps, George Palmer Putnam, Markham E. Sherwill, Charles Hampden Turner and Dawson Turner.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library staff. In 2022, Brooke M. Black created a finding aid.


    Arranged chronologically.


    Individual call numbers included in the collection: mssUP 1-735.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Booksellers and bookselling -- England -- London -- Correspondence
    Booksellers and bookselling -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- Great Britain -- 19th century
    Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
    Fitzroy, William, Sir
    Forshall, Josiah, 1795-1863
    Hampden-Turner, Charles
    Hyett, W. H. (William Henry), 1795-1877
    Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1872
    Sherwill, Markham E.
    Turner, Dawson, 1775-1858