This collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence and records of the London publishing firm of Cadell & Davies.
Though the collection lacks the more well-known authors published by Cadell &
Davies, it is useful for studying the world of
British publishing in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and is a rich resource for studying the relationship between
an author and
a publisher, engraver, or printer.
In 1767, upon the retirement of Andrew Miller, Thomas Cadell, 1742-1802, succeeded
to the bookselling and publishing business. Cadell became one of the foremost
publishers of his time before his retirement in 1793. At this time he made over the
business to his son, Thomas Cadell, 1773-1836, and his apprentice and assistant,
William Davies, d. 1820; Cadell and Davies ran the business together until Davies’
death, and Cadell carried on until his own death in 1836. Beginning with Andrew
Miller, and continuing with Cadell & Davies this publishing house was associated
with William Blackstone, Henry Fielding, Edward Gibbon, David Hume, Samuel Johnson
and Hannah More and many other authors of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
622 pieces in 11 boxes
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