The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2309 Monday, 8 October 2001
Date: Monday, 8 Oct 2001 00:14:35 -0600
Subject: Ellis and Elvey
I'm trying to track down the whereabouts of a manuscript of William
Basse's *Pastorals and Other Workes* which was in the possession of the
publishers Ellis and Elvey in 1893. This publishing house put out
several notable literary editions in the 1890s and early 1900s,
including editions of John Lyly and Dante Gabriel Rosetti, but then they
disappeared. I realize this is a longshot, but does anybody out there
have any idea what happened to Ellis and Elvey, and thus what might have
happened to that manuscript they owned? The only significant lead I've
found is that in 1890 Ellis and Elvey bought a 15th-century manuscript
of Julius Solinus's *Liber collectaneorum de mirabilibus mundi*, and
this was then bought by C. M. Firth in 1931 (apparently from Ellis and
Elvey) and bequeathed to the Bodleian Library, where it is now MS. Lat.
class. f. 6. I'm not sure whether Firth bought anything else from Ellis
and Elvey. The Basse MS may well be in the Bodleian, but I haven't been
able to check any catalogues so far except the Bodleian's online
catalogue, which does not include most literary MSS.
Sorry to burden the list with such an esoteric query, but if anybody can
help me out, my gratitude will know no bounds.
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