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.
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.
11.5 linear feet
(23 boxes and 38 oversize boxes)
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