Date Published: 1897 to 1898
Binding: No binding
This collection has 20 items in total with the primary dates of 1897 to 1898, specifically 9 Typed Letters Signed (TLS), 8 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS), 1 small booklet and 2 ephemera.
Edward Sylvester Ellis (1840-1916) was the prolific author of approximately 160 books under his own name and many others written under pseudonyms. Ellis is probably known best for his Deerfoot novels read widely by young boys until the 1950s. During the mid 1880s, after a prodigious fiction writing career of some thirty years, Ellis eventually began composing more serious works of biography, history, and persuasive writing. Of note was The Life of Colonel David Crockett (1884), which had the story of Davy Crockett giving a speech usually called "Not Yours to Give".
9 TLS and 8 ALS to A.(Arthur) H.(Henry) Clark, Burrows Brothers, comprising 27 pp. re a proposed book, “The Boys’ History of the War of the Union”. 1897-8. Mostly 8.5" x 11", letters in very good condition, typed letters in blue, autograph manuscript in fountain pen, light editorial notations.
While it seems as though this book was never published by Burrows, the archive is an interesting journal of an author promoting his texts. Dates of letters: 15 June 1897; 21 June 1897; 26 June 1897; 6 July 1897; 26 July 1897; 28 July 1897; 18 August 1897; 18 August 1897; 17 September 1897; 16 October 1897; 25 December 1897; 8 January 1898; 24 January 1898; 1 February 1898; 8 March 1898, 1 April 1898; 9 April 189829 April 1898.
Includes several pieces of ephemera, newspaper book reviews and a small pamphlet, 3.5 x 5.5 inches titled "Four Useful Books for Everybody" promoting other books by Ellis. First person reminiscences of Gen. Joe Johnson and Gen. Thomas Ruger, access to interviews with the sentinel on duty at Libby prison when the Union prisoners escaped.
Burrows Brothers, was a leading book, stationery, and office-supply firm in Ohio, founded by Chas. W. and Harris B. Burrows. Burrows Brothers as publishers, were active from 1883 to 1912 as well as having a Rare Books division.
In 1892 Mr. Arthur H. Clark (Ellis letters recipient) Clark established his own bookstore in Chicago. He was then recruited by Burrows Brothers of Cleveland, Ohio where he became manager of their rare book sales. In 1902 Clark established his own company, Arthur H. Clark company as a bookselling and publishing establishment in Cleveland.
Collection is on consignment with LDRB.