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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.

From the description of Chiswick Press records, 1831-1933, bulk (1870-1918). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122314038

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.

From the guide to the Chiswick Press records, 1831-1933, 1870-1918, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

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referencedIn Symons, Arthur, 1865-1945. Papers, ca.[1890-1945?] University of Arizona Libraries
referencedIn Jacobi, Charles Thomas, 1853-1933. Letter, 1922, September 4, Herne Hill, England, to Philip D. Sherman, Oberlin, Ohio. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
creatorOf Chiswick Press. [Woodcut proof sheets] / Chiswick Press. University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library
referencedIn Hudson, Elizabeth. Elizabeth Hudson collection of E. Œ. Somerville & personal papers, 1879-1970. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Walsdorf, John J. [The Doves Press collection of Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon]. Multnomah County Library
referencedIn Hudson, Elizabeth. Elizabeth Hudson collection of E. Œ. Somerville & personal papers, 1879-1970. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Updike, Daniel Berkeley, 1860-1941. Letters, Boston : to Charles Jacobi, London, 1922 July 21-1925 April 13. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Chiswick Press. Chiswick Press records, 1831-1933, bulk (1870-1918). Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Chiswick Press records, 1831-1933, 1870-1918 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Elizabeth Hudson collection of E. Œ. Somerville & personal papers, 1879-1970 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Hamnett, Nina, 1890-1956. Constable Correspondence, Letters-Legal Documents, 1932-1935. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Mathews, Elkin, 1851-1921. Memorandum of an agreement between Charles Thomas Jacobi ... and Elkin Mathews : London : ADS, 1897. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Lovelace, Ralph Gordon Noel Milbanke, 2d earl of, 1839-1906. Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1905-1907. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Symons, Arthur, 1865-1945. Papers, 1896. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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associatedWith Bell, George, 1814-1890. person
associatedWith Charles Whittingham and Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Flower, Robin, 1881-1946. person
associatedWith Gosse, Edmund, 1849-1928. person
associatedWith Hamnett, Nina, 1890-1956. person
associatedWith Hudson, Elizabeth. person
associatedWith Hudson, Elizabeth. person
associatedWith Jacobi, Charles Thomas. person
associatedWith Jacobi, Charles Thomas, 1853-1933. person
associatedWith Lovelace, Ralph Gordon Noel Milbanke, 2d earl of, 1839-1906. person
associatedWith Mathews, Elkin, 1851-1921. person
associatedWith Pickering, William, 1796-1854. person
associatedWith Stevens, Benjamin Franklin, 1833-1902. person
associatedWith Stevens, Charlotte person
associatedWith Stevens, Charlotte. person
associatedWith Symons, Arthur, 1865-1945. person
associatedWith Updike, Daniel Berkeley, 1860-1941. person
associatedWith Whittingham, Charles, 1767-1840. person
associatedWith Whittingham, Charles, 1795-1876. person
associatedWith Whittingham, William. person
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Publishers and Publishing
Printing
Booksellers and bookselling
Wood-engraving--Specimens
Printing--History
Booksellers and bookselling--England--London
Publishers and publishing--England--London
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