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The British publishing and bookselling firm of Cadell & Davies was established in 1793 as a joint partnership between Thomas Cadell (1773-1836) and William Davies (d. 1820). The pair inherited the business from Cadell's father, Thomas Cadell the elder (1742-1802), and carried on his legacy as a leader of the London book trade. After Davies's death in 1820, Cadell began publishing under his own name. The firm was dissolved in 1836 when Cadell died, although sale of the remaining copyrights and book stocks occurred in 1840.

From the description of Cadell & Davies records, 1767-1831. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702148108

From the description of Cadell & Davies letters from various authors, 1797-1821. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702193728

From the description of Cadell & Davies records, 1767-1831. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78319586

Edmond Malone, Irish literary scholar and biographer.

From the guide to the Edmond Malone manuscript material : 5 items, 1789-1801, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)

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 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.

From the description of Records of Cadell & Davies, 1697-1858. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 431497502

The British publishing and bookselling firm of Cadell & Davies was established in 1793 when Thomas Cadell the elder (1742-1802) retired from the publishing world, bequeathing his business to his apprentice, William Davies (d. 1820), and his son, Thomas Cadell (1773-1836). The new partners located their firm on the Strand in London, with Davies managing most of the partnership's affairs until he became ill in 1813. Cadell consequently became more involved with the firm's business, establishing himself and the publishing house as major players in the London book trade. After Davies's death in 1820, Cadell began publishing under his own name.

The firm was dissolved in 1836 when Thomas Cadell died, although several years passed before the Cadell imprint disappeared. Remaining stocks and copyrights were sold in 1840.

For additional information, see The Publishing Firm of Cadell & Davies: Select Correspondence and Accounts, 1793-1836, edited with an introduction and notes by Theodore Besterman (London: Oxford Univ. Press, 1938).

From the guide to the Cadell & Davies records, 1767-1831, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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creatorOf Cadell & Davies. Records of Cadell & Davies, 1697-1858. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Cadell & Davies. Cadell & Davies letters from various authors, 1797-1821. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Smith, Charlotte, 1749-1806. Correspondence to Cadell & Davies [microform] / Charlotte Smith. Northwest Missouri State University, B. D. Owens Library
referencedIn Antiquarian Maps Collection, 1493 - 1962 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections.
referencedIn William Roscoe Collection, 1774-1887, undated University of California, Los Angeles. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
creatorOf Malone, Edmond, 1741-1812. Edmond Malone manuscript material : 5 items, 1789-1801 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Vincent, William, 1739-1815. Autograph letter signed : "Deans yard," to Messrs. Cadell and Davies, [no year] "Saturday." Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Cadell, T. (Thomas), 1742-1802,. T. (Thomas) Cadell letters from others, 1766-1825. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Johnsoniana; or, Supplement to Boswell: being anecdotes and sayings of Dr. Johnson, extra-illustrated, 1668-1866 (inclusive);, 1738-1836 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Mallet du Pan, Jacques, 1749-1800. Autograph letter signed : London, to Cadell & Davies, 1798 Sept. 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Burney, Charles, 1757-1817. Autograph letter signed, in the third person : Greenwich, to Cadell & Davies, 1800 Feb. 5. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Ballantyne, James, 1772-1833. Autograph letter signed : Kelso, to Cadell & Davies in London, 1801 Sept. 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Bromley, William, 1769-1842. Autograph letter in third person, not signed : n.p. [London], to Cadell & Davies, 1798 Mar. 13. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Hester Lynch Piozzi correspondence, 1769-1820. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Fridenberg, Robert, d. 1946,. Collection of letters and documents relating to American and English booksellers and printers, 1732-1884 (bulk 1732-1814). Grolier Club
creatorOf Coxe, William, 1747-1828. Autograph letter signed : to Messrs. Cadell & Davies, 1803 Dec. 11. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Dallas, Robert Charles, 1754-1824. Alexander D. Wainwright collection of Robert Charles Dallas, 1782-1826. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Nares, Edward, 1762-1841. Autograph letter signed : to Messrs. Cadell & Davies, 1818 Mar. 30. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn James Marshall manuscript material : 1 item, 1807 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Boswell's Life of Johnson : including Boswell's Journal of a tour to the Hebrides and Johnson's Diary of a journey into North Wales, edited by George Birkbeck Hill, extra-illustrated, 1464-1897 (inclusive), 1724-1874 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Rogers, Samuel, 1763-1855. Autograph letter unsigned : London, to Cadell & Davies, 1810 Apr. 27. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Bowles, William Lisle, 1762-1850. Letters , 1806-1843. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Bertrand, Henri Gratien, Comte de, 1773-1844. Autograph letter in English, signed : [n.p., London?], to an unidentified bookseller [Cadell & Davies?], 1814 Apr. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Marshall, James, d. 1832. James Marshall manuscript material : 1 item, 1807 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Wingrave, F. (Francis). Dr. Goldsmith's Animated nature : manuscript, 1804-1805. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Cadell & Davies. Cadell & Davies records, 1767-1831. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Bowdler, H. M. (Henrietta Maria), 1754-1830. H.M. Bowdler letter to Cadell & Davies, 1807 Nov. 13. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn John Bell manuscript material : 1 item, ca. 1799-1800 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Oscar I. Norwich collection of map of Africa and its islands, 1486 - ca. 1865 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
creatorOf Gilpin, William, 1724-1804. Autograph letter signed : "V.H.," to Messrs. Cadell and Davies, 1801 June 12. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Burney, William (of the Royal Naval Military Academy, Gosport). Autograph letter signed : Gosport, to Cadell & Davies, 1812 May 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Edmond Malone manuscript material : 5 items, 1789-1801 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Barry, James, 1741-1806. Papers and letters, 1784-1812. Yale University, Lewis Walpole Library
creatorOf Ballantyne, James, 1772-1833. Correspondence : with Cadell & Davies, 1800-1802. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Extra-illustrated Life of Nollekens, 1708-1875, 1768-1836 Yale Center for British Art
referencedIn Smith, Charlotte Turner, 1749-1806. Letter : [London], to Cadell & Davies, [London], 1795 May 29. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Johnsoniana; or, Supplement to Boswell: being anecdotes and sayings of Dr. Johnson, extra-illustrated, 1738-1840 (inclusive), 1784-1837 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Smith, Charlotte, 1749-1806. Letter : [London], to Cadell & Davies, [London], 1795 May 29. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Smith, Charlotte Turner, 1749-1806. Autograph letter signed : Weymouth, to Messrs. Cadell and Davies [London publishing firm], 1796 Sept. 22. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Caddell & Davies Records, 1790-1840 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
referencedIn Caddell & Davies. Records, 1790-1840. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Smith, Charlotte, 1749-1806. Letter, Petworth, to Thomas Cadell, and engraved portrait, 1793 December 16. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Cléry, Jean Baptiste Can Hanet, 1759-1809. Autograph letter signed : London, to Cadell & Davies, 1798 May 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Collins, David, 1756-1810. [Letter, 1800 June 9 to Messrs. Cadell and Davies]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Bishop, Elizabeth, 1911-1979. Women authors collection, Bi-Bo, 1807-1969. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Drake, Nathan, 1766-1836,. Autograph letters signed from Nathan Drake to various recipients, 1799-1831. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Letters from others sent to Thomas Cadell, 1766-1825. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn The life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. : including a journal of a tour to the Hebrides, extra-illustrated, 1711-1834 (inclusive). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Cadell & Davies. Cadell & Davies correspondence, 1778-1831. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Lysons, Daniel, 1762-1834. Daniel Lysons letter to Cadell & Davies, 1821 Jan. 12. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf More, Hannah, 1745-1833. Autograph letters signed (2) : Barley Wood, [n.p.], to Messrs. Cadell & Davies, 1818 Oct. 6 and [no year] Nov. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Fuseli, Henry, 1741-1825. Autograph letter (in third person) : Pursers Cross, to Cadell & Davies, 1805 Jun. 13. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Cadell & Davies correspondence, 1778-1831 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Sir Thomas Phillipps Collection on Publishing and Bookselling, 1749-1835 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
referencedIn Byrne, William, 1743-1805. W. Byrne letter to Cadell and Davies, 1805. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Forbes, William, Sir, 1739-1806. Formal note : to Messrs. Davies and Cadell. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Collins, David, 1756-1810. [Letter, 1800 June 9 to Messrs. Cadell and Davies]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Lee, Sophia, 1750-1824. Sophia Lee manuscript material : 3 items, 1797-1804 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Clarke, James Stanier, 1765?-1834. James Stanier Clarke manuscript material : 3 items, ca. 1801-1821 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1872,. Collection on publishing and bookselling, 1749-1835. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Lemprière, John, 1765?-1824. Correspondence : Abingdon and Exeter, [England], to Messrs. Cadell & Davies, London, 1792-1823. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
referencedIn Collection of letters, receipts, proofs, portraits, etc., concerning The British Gallery of Contemporary Portraits, published by Cadell & Davies, ca. 1809-1820. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Lemprière, John, 1765?-1824. Autograph letter signed : Teynmouth, to Messrs. Cadell & Davies, 1819 Nov. 13. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Stothard, Thomas, 1755-1834. Autograph letter in third person, no signed : [n.p.], to Cadell and Davies, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, M, 1648-1985. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Bertrand, Henri Gratien, Comte de, 1773-1844. Autograph letter in third person : Golden Square, [London], to Cadell & Davies, [no year. ca. 1815] May 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Doctor Johnson and the fair sex; a study of contrasts, extra-illustrated, 1738-1840 (inclusive), 1784-1837 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Autograph File, H, 1584-1988. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn More, Hannah, 1745-1833. Letter : n.p., to Cadell and Davies, [London?], 1818 Jan. 5. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Mackenzie, Alexander, Sir, 1763-1820. Note : Adelphi, [London, Eng.], to Messrs. Cadell & Davies, [London, Eng.], 1807 Feb. 7. Newberry Library
referencedIn James Stanier Clarke manuscript material : 3 items, ca. 1801-1821 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Lemprière, John, 1765?-1824. Autograph letter signed : Exeter, to Cadell and Davies, 1816 July 14. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf More, Hannah, 1745-1833. Autograph letter in the third person : Bath, to Cadell and Davies, 1800 Feb. 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Cadell & Davies. Cadell & Davies records, 1767-1831. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Bell, John, 1763-1820. John Bell manuscript material : 1 item, ca. 1799-1800 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Bowdler, Henrietta Maria, 1754-1830. Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to Messrs. Cadell and Davies, [no year] July 26. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Macaulay, Zachary, 1768-1838. Autograph letter signed : [London], to Messrs. Cadell and Davies, 1807 Jan. 30. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Constable, Archibald, 1774-1827. Autograph letter signed : Edinburgh, to Cadell & Davies in London, 1808 Dec. 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Hannah More manuscript material : 11 items, 1799-1828 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Rumford, Benjamin, Graf von, 1753-1814. Letters to Cadell & Davies, London. 1795-1797. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Landseer, John, 1769-1852,. Landseer letter to Cadell and Davies concerning Britannia depicta with their reply, 1808. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Will, Peter, fl. 1795-1816. Autograph letter signed, and autograph letter in third person : London, to Cadell & Davies, 1808 Feb. 12-1806 Apr. 11. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Creech, William, 1745-1815. Letter, 1800 June 30, Edinburgh. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Chandler, Richard, 1738-1810. Richard Chandler letter to Sirs, and reply, 1799. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Bickerton, Spencer,. Autograph receipts from various British artists, authors, engravers, and collectors to Cadell and Davies, Thomas Barrett, and other engravers, restorers, and framemakers, 1783-1847. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Cooke, William Bernard, 1778-1855. Receipt signed : [London], 1799 Dec. 12. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Letters of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., collected and edited by George Birkbeck Hill, extra-illustrated, 1413-1900 (inclusive), 1775-1839 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Cadell & Davies records, 1767-1831 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Hurd, Richard, fl. 1808. Autograph letter signed : Worcester, to Cadell and Davies, 1808 Aug. 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Malone, Edmond, 1741-1812,. Receipt from Edmond Malone to Mess. Cadell & Davies [manuscript], 1803 February 8. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Johnsonian Miscellanies, extra-illustrated, 1538-1900 (inclusive);, 1738-1866 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Autograph File, M, 1648-1985. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Landseer, John, 1769-1852. John Landseer letters to Cadell and Davies, 1808-1811. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
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Publishers and publishing--England--History--18th century
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