ELLIS, Frederick Startridge (1830-1901). Author, friend of the Pre-Raphaelites.

ELLIS,, Frederick Startridge 1830-1901. Author, friend of the Pre-Raphaelites


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Autograph Letter Signed ("F. S. Ellis") to "Rossetti" [probably William Michael Rossetti] regarding the figure of God in Shelley's Prometheus Unbound, among other things.

3 pages 8vo, The Red House, Chelston, Torquay, 25 April 1891.

"I ought to have written to tell you that we left Brighton on Thursday as I fear you have posted [. . .] thither. I have written for it in case it is so & shall get it in due course. I am very much obliged to you for notes on "God" & hope you will not mind that I have not adopted all of them. The more I pondered over the God of Prometheus the more it seemed to me that it was a God of the poets phantasy [sic] only & so at last I left it as it was. I daresay I am wrong but so it seemed".

A pencil annotation explains that Ellis "used to be Dante Rosetti's Publisher, and was Morris and Ruskin's. Has done a clever verse translation of Reineke Fuchs - This letter relates to his elaborate concordance to Shelley".

Ellis was friendly with Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris, Burne-Jones, Ruskin and Swinburne and he published some of their works including the first volume of Morris' The Earthly Paradise in 1868. Ellis retired from bookselling in 1885 due to tuberculosis, but embarked on a second career as critic and editor, including works on Shelley. A Lexical Concordance to the Poetical Works of P. B. Shelley, probably Ellis' greatest achievement, published in 1892 is almost certainly the work in question here. 

Stock Code: 11389

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