Ollier, Charles, 1788-1859

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Charles Ollier, English publisher, writer, and editor.

From the guide to the Charles Ollier manuscript material : 3 items, 1845-1855, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)

English publisher of Shelley and Keats.

From the description of Autograph document signed : London, 1834 Feb. 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270872065

Publisher, writer, and editor Charles Ollier was born on May 4, 1788 in the parish of St. James, Bath, England.

Ollier moved from Bath to London at the age of fourteen to become a junior clerk at a London banking house. While continuing his work and apprenticeships in the field of banking, Ollier became interested in the London literary, theatrical, and musical scene. In 1810 Ollier wrote his first piece of theatrical criticism for the Examiner, a Liberal newspaper published by poet and essayist Leigh Hunt. Through his friendship with Hunt, Ollier became acquainted with other prominent artists and authors living in London. On May 13, 1814, Ollier married Maria Gattie (1786–1878). The couple would go on to have six children. In 1817 Ollier entered into business with his younger brother James as a publisher, bookseller, stationer, and manager of a circulating library. Ollier's earlier introductions to individuals in the London literary scene via Leigh Hunt helped the brothers to publish the first two books bearing the C. and J. Ollier imprint. These works, John Keats's Poems and Percy B. Shelley's Proposal for Putting Reform to the Vote throughout the Kingdom , were published in March of 1817, and marked the beginning of Ollier's influence as a publisher. The brother's business went bankrupt during the winter of 1822–1823 and Ollier was forced to cease publishing. From 1825 until 1839 Ollier worked as a reader and advisor for other publishing firms, until, in 1846, he began publishing again under his own name. Unfortunately, this second publishing endeavor would fail just three years later, in January of 1849. Though Ollier struggled to achieve financial success with his publishing efforts, his work was nevertheless highly influential. In addition to his career as a publisher, Ollier also wrote and published a number of his own works. Ollier died June 5, 1859 as a result of a long-time respiratory illness.

Robinson, Charles E. "Ollier, Charles (1788–1859)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. Available online at http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/20739 (accessed January 27, 2009).

From the guide to the Charles Ollier letters to Leigh Hunt, 1850 July 29 and undated, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf James, G. P. R. (George Payne Rainsford), 1799-1860. G. P. R. James collection, 1825-1858. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859. Letter to [Charles] Ollier. Hammersmith, Eng. [1857] Feb. 9. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Alan H. Kempner Collection of Literary Letters and Manuscripts, 1809-1981. Columbia University. Rare Book an Manuscript Library
referencedIn Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859,. Autograph letter from Leigh Hunt, Kensington, to Charles Ollier [manuscript], 1848 May Wednesday. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Ollier, Charles, 1788-1859. Papers, 1840-1855. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851. Letters and miscellaneous papers, [ca. 1815-1850] Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn William Godwin manuscript material : 383 items, 1778-1836 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859. Leigh Hunt collection, 1817-1854. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Frederick Marryat manuscript material : 7 items, 1833-1846 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859. Autograph letter signed : Hammersmith, to Charles Ollier, [1856] Feb. 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859. Letter to Charles Ollier. Hammersmith, England. [1855?] June 9. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859. Autograph letter signed : Hammersmith, to Ollier, 1858 Mar. 12. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Kempner, Alan H., 1897-1985,. Alan H. Kempner papers, 1809-1981. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Shelleyana collection, [ca. 1567-1954] Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Charles Ollier manuscript material : 3 items, 1845-1855 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Marryat, Frederick, 1792-1848. Frederick Marryat papers, 1830-1842. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Leigh Hunt letters, 1821-1854 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Marryat, Frederick, 1792-1848. Frederick Marryat manuscript material : 6 items, 1833-1846 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859. Correspondence and miscellaneous papers, [ca. 1801-1861] Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834. Collection , 1813-1878. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Godwin, William, 1756-1836. Autograph letter signed : [London], to Charles Ollier, [no year], May 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 1792-1822. ALS : Leghorn [Livorno], to Charles Ollier, 1819 Sept. 6. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Leigh Hunt manuscript material : 332 items, 1801-1859 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Godwin, William, 1756-1836. Autograph letters signed (7) and autograph letter in the third person (1) : London, to Charles Ollier, 1830 Feb. 4-1834 June 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834. ALS : [London?], to Charles Ollier, [1822 Aug.]. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Ollier, Charles, 1788-1859. Autograph document signed : London, 1834 Feb. 5. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834. Letters, 1815-1833, England. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
creatorOf Marryat, Frederick, 1792-1848. Autograph letter signed : Portsmouth, to Charles Ollier of Colburn & Bentley, his publishers, 1829 Jun. 5. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859. Leigh Hunt manuscript material : 327 items, 1801-1859 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Ollier, Charles, 1788-1859,. Autograph letter signed from Charles Ollier to [James Winston?] [manuscript], [19th century], Tuesday. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Charles Ollier letters to Leigh Hunt, 1850 July 29 and undated University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
creatorOf Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834. ALS : Islington, to Charles Ollier, [1826 Jan. 17]. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Godwin, William, 1756-1836. William Godwin manuscript material : 338 items, 1778-1836 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 1792-1822. Letters, manuscripts, and miscellaneous papers, [ca. 1810-1881], [ca. 1810-1845] (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Percy Bysshe Shelley manuscript material : 299 items, 1809-1822 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Leigh Hunt letter to Charles Ollier, 1854 January 24 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
creatorOf Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859,. Autograph letters signed from Leigh Hunt, London, to various recipients [manuscript], 1834-1848. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Marryat, Frederick, 1792-1848. Autograph letter signed : Devonport, to Charles Ollier, [no year] Feb. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851. Autograph letter signed : [London?], to Charles Ollier, ca. 1832. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834. ALS : Islington, to Charles Ollier, [1826 Apr. 10]. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley manuscript material : 414 items, 1815-1850 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Thomas Love Peacock manuscript material : 152 items, 1792-1863 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Extra-illustrated Life of Nollekens, 1708-1875, 1768-1836 Yale Center for British Art
creatorOf Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 1792-1822. Autograph letter signed : Pisa, to Charles Ollier, 1820 Nov. 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Neal, John, 1793-1876. Papers, 1803-1880 Houghton Library
referencedIn Leigh Hunt collection of papers, 1772-1883, 1813-1859 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Leigh Hunt collection, 1817-1854 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851. Letter to Charles Ollier. : [s.l.]. 1835 Mar. 25. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859. Leigh Hunt collection of papers, 1772-1883 bulk (1813-1859). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Godwin, William, 1756-1836. Correspondence and miscellaneous papers, [ca. 1793-1877] Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Ainsworth, William Harrison, 1805-1882. Autograph letter signed : to Charles Ollier. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Horne, R. H. (Richard H.), 1802-1884. Autograph letter signed : Fitzroy Park, to Charles Ollier, 1845 June 30. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Cunningham, Allan, 1784-1842. Letters, 1816-1842. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 1792-1822. Percy Bysshe Shelley manuscript material : 293 items, 1809-1822 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Ainsworth, William Harrison, 1805-1882. Autograph letter signed : London, to Charles Ollier, shortly after 1837 Sept. 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Medwin, Thomas, 1788-1869. Thomas Medwin manuscript material : 38 items, 1821-1865 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859. Leigh Hunt collection, 1817-1854. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Cunningham, Allan, 1784-1842. Autograph letter signed : to Charles Ollier, 1822 Sept. 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Humphreys, W. H., d. 1837. Autograph letter signed : Paris, to Charles Ollier, 1826 04 07. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Cornwall, Barry, 1787-1874. B.W. Procter letters and poem, 1819-1868. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
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associatedWith Ainsworth, William Harrison, 1805-1882. person
associatedWith Cornwall, Barry, 1787-1874. person
associatedWith Cunningham, Allan, 1784-1842. person
associatedWith Godwin, William, 1756-1836. person
associatedWith Horne, R. H. (Richard H.), 1802-1884. person
associatedWith Humphreys, W. H., d. 1837. person
associatedWith Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859 person
associatedWith James, G. P. R. (George Payne Rainsford), 1799-1860. person
associatedWith Kempner, Alan H., 1897-1985, person
associatedWith Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834. person
associatedWith Marryat, Frederick, 1792-1848. person
associatedWith Medwin, Thomas, 1788-1869. person
correspondedWith Neal, John, 1793-1876 person
associatedWith Peacock, Thomas Love, 1785-1866 person
associatedWith Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851. person
associatedWith Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 1792-1822. person
associatedWith Upcott, William, 1779-1845 person
associatedWith Winston, James, 1773-1843, person
correspondedWith Winston, James, 1779-1843 person
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Publishers and publishing--Great Britain--19th century--Correspondence
Authors, English--19th century--Sources
Poets, English--19th century--Sources
Editors--Great Britain--19th century--Correspondence
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Birth 1788

Death 1859-06-05

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