Fonds P102 - Ernest Dressel North Fonds

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Ernest Dressel North Fonds

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  • 1913 (Creation)
    North, Ernest Dressel, 1858-1945

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1,5 cm of textual records

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Ernest Dressel North was a prominent antiquarian bookseller, born in New York in 1858. He opened his shop in 1902 and retired in 1944. He potentially had the world's largest collection on Charles Lamb and had prominent clients, including Henry C. Folger. In March 1920 he had the winning bid on the original manuscript for Shelley’s “Julian and Maddalo, a Conversation”, paying over $16,000.

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Gift of Elizabeth A. Swaim, Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist, Olin Library, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, U.S.A., 11 January 1979, who received it from Ernest D. North, namesake of Ernest Dressel North, a rare book expert in New York and 1924 Wesleyan graduate, in Summer 1978. Old accession number 619.

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The fonds contains correspondence concerning a dinner in honour of Sir William Osler at the University Club, New York, organized by Beverly Chew, M. Taylor Pyne, Edward G. Kennedy, William Augustus White, Frederick R. Halsey and Ernest Dressel North in 1913. The fonds includes 74 original letters. E.D. North managed the correspondence for the event, which included numerous bibliophiles.

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  • English

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The documents are in English.

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Items can be requested for consultation online via the Library Catalogue or by email at Advance notice is recommended.

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