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Chiswick Press records, bulk (1870-1918)

Title
Chiswick Press records, 1831-1933, bulk (1870-1918)
Author
Chiswick Press.
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Description
.8 linear foot (3 boxes)
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Genre/Form
Photographic prints.
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
Biography (note)
  • The founder of Chiswick Press was Charles Whittingham (1767-1840).
  • From 1828 until 1840 the work of the two presses was distinct. When the elder Whittingham died in 1840 the younger Whittingham inherited Chiswick Press. In 1829 the younger Whittingham met publisher, book dealer and typophile William Pickering. Their friendship led to an artistic partnership which flourished over three decades and produced some of the finest examples of 19th century English printing. Whittingham died in 1876 and the press was acquired by George Bell who retained the name of Charles Whittingham and Co. Charles Thomas Jacobi, born in London in 1853, was managing editor of the Chiswick Press and a writer and lecturer on printing.
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Call Number
MssCol 538
Author
Chiswick Press.
Title
Chiswick Press records, 1831-1933, bulk (1870-1918)
Restricted Access
Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Summary
Records consist of letters to the Whittinghams and Chiswick Press, 1831-1918; letters to the trustees of the estates of William Whittingham, Benjamin F. Stevens, and Charlotte Stevens; letters to Charles Jacobi, 1872-1933, including those from notable persons such as English poet and critic Edmund Gosse and Celtologist Robin Flower; and drafts of letters by Jacobi, 1917-1929. Also, financial papers of Charles Whittingham and Co., 1835-1924; indentures; personal accounts of Charles Jacobi; manuscripts on printing history; photographs and memorabilia; clippings, 1805-1933; and printed matter relating to printing and the Chiswick Press.
Biography
The founder of Chiswick Press was Charles Whittingham (1767-1840). Upon completion of his printing apprenticeship in Coventry, Whittingham set up his own press in London in 1795, a short-lived Tory journal The Tomahawk. He eventually settled in the Thameside suburb of Chiswick, giving the name of the town to the book publishing division of Charles Whittingham and Co. Whittingham's nephew, Charles Whittingham the younger, joined his uncle as a partner in the firm. The firm then began publishing books, among them a series called "Whittingham's Cabinet Library." After four years the younger Whittingham left the firm and set up his own independent shop in London.
From 1828 until 1840 the work of the two presses was distinct. When the elder Whittingham died in 1840 the younger Whittingham inherited Chiswick Press. In 1829 the younger Whittingham met publisher, book dealer and typophile William Pickering. Their friendship led to an artistic partnership which flourished over three decades and produced some of the finest examples of 19th century English printing. Whittingham died in 1876 and the press was acquired by George Bell who retained the name of Charles Whittingham and Co. Charles Thomas Jacobi, born in London in 1853, was managing editor of the Chiswick Press and a writer and lecturer on printing.
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Whittingham, Charles, 1767-1840.
Whittingham, Charles, 1795-1876.
Whittingham, William.
Stevens, Benjamin Franklin, 1833-1902.
Stevens, Charlotte.
Gosse, Edmund, 1849-1928.
Flower, Robin, 1881-1946.
Pickering, William, 1796-1854.
Jacobi, Charles Thomas.
Bell, George, 1814-1890.
LCCN
ms 68001122
Research Call Number
MssCol 538
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