Brief Notes On The Origin Of T. & A. Constable Ltd.

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Brief Notes on the Origin of T. & A. Constable Ltd, Edinburgh: T. & A. Constable Ltd., 1937, Accessed 7 Nov. 2020.

This pamphlet, published by T. & A. Constable Ltd. itself, tracks the history of the printing company from its inception in 1788 to 1933. The pamphlet details key events in T. & A. Constable Ltd.’s history, such as the printing of key texts, including The Edinburgh Review and The Encyclopedia Britannica, and changes in T. & A. staff: in 1833 Archibald Constable’s son, Thomas Constable, took over the company, and in 1839, was appointed to Her Majesty’s Printer and Publisher in Edinburgh. In 1869, Thomas appointed his son, too named Archibald, as partner, and in 1878, Biggar Blaikie as a third partner. The pamphlet provides insight into the printing equipment T. & A. used, some of the key fonts they acquired, and the formation of The Edinburgh Press. Perhaps of most interest, the pamphlet states T. & A.’s company policy: “to produce work of the highest quality, particularly when good reading and printing are of great importance.” The history of T. & A. Constable Ltd. may interest those researching The Evergreen: A Northern Seasonal, for which T. & A. served as publisher from 1985 to 1987.