“The years of childhood pass all too quickly.”

“I joined the publishing firm of J. M. Dent and Sons. There I worked under Bernard Ellis, the Bindery Manager.”

'Bindery' refers to a studio, workshop or factory where sheets of paper are fastened together to make books, and where gold and other decorative elements are added to the exterior of books.

Plan of the Temple Press, Letchworth. The Binery Offices are marked as number 14.

Joseph Malaby Dent was a British book publisher who produced the Everyman's Library series.

Endpapers of the original run of books in the Everyman's Library published by J. M. Dent.

“Ellis was a singular man,

with decided ideas

and individual tastes…”

“He always wore suits he had woven himself - frequently with knickerbockers.”

Knickerbockers were a form of baggy-kneed trousers.

“He always used a quill pen and green ink.”

“He had a great respect for his dignity but was usually kind and considerate.

Sometimes, however, he took hold of the wrong end of a stick…”

“...and nothing could convince him of his error...”