William Upcott Correspondence: Finding Aid mssUP

Brooke M. Black
The Huntington Library
May 2022
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Business Number: (626) 405-2191

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.

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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

Box 1

1763-1818 April

Box 2

1818 May-1819 September

Box 3

1819 October-1820 October

Box 4

1820 November-1822 June

Box 5

1822 July-1825 March

Box 6

1825 April-1826

Box 7


Box 8


Box 9


Box 10


Box 11