Lea & Febiger.

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In 1785, Mathew Carey (1760-1839) founded Mathew Carey & Company, one of Philadelphia's earliest publishing houses. The firm began printing a variety of works, but by the late 1830s, it specialized in scientific and medical publications. During the 1800s, the firm changed its name a number of times. It became M. Carey & Son in 1817, when Mathew's son, Henry C. Carey, joined the firm. In 1821, Carey's son-in-law, Isaac Lea, joined the firm and it became M. Carey & Sons. The senior Carey retired in 1824, and shortly thereafter the partnership became Carey, Lea & Carey, when younger son Edward L. Carey joined the firm. In 1829, Edward Carey left to form a bookselling partnership with Abraham Hart. In 1833, William A. Blanchard became a partner and the firm became, briefly, Carey, Lea & Blanchard. In 1836, Henry C. Carey retired and the firm was known as Lea & Blanchard until 1851. That year Isaac Lea withdrew in favor of his son, Henry Charles Lea, and the firm became Blanchard & Lea, which it remained until Blanchard's retirement in 1865. Thereafter, the firm bore only the Lea name until 1907 when Lea's sons joined with Christian Febiger to form the partnership of Lea & Febiger. The company was sold to Waverly, Inc. in 1990.

From the description of Lea & Febiger records, 1785-1982 bulk 1796-1882. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122474437

In 1785, Mathew Carey (1760-1839) founded Mathew Carey & Co. At first the company printed a variety of works, but by the late 1830s, it specialized in scientific and medical publications. During the 1800s, the firm changed its name a number of times, becoming M. Carey & Son; M. Carey & Sons; Carey, Lea & Carey; Carey, Lea & Blanchard; Lea & Blanchard; Blanchard & Lea; and finally, Lea & Febiger. The company was sold to Waverly, Inc. in 1990.

From the description of Lea & Febiger records , 1815-1992. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 244639489

Publishing Co., Philadelphia, Pa.

From the description of Selected art related documents from the Lea & Febiger records, 1788-1820. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122595135

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Lea & Febiger. Correspondence with Henry Charles Lea, 1906. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Lea & Febiger. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1935. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Lea & Febiger. Selected art related documents from the Lea & Febiger records, 1788-1820. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Lea & Febiger. Lea & Febiger records , 1815-1992. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Lea & Febiger. Lea & Febiger records, 1785-1982 bulk 1796-1882. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
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associatedWith Adams, Samuel, 1722-1803. person
associatedWith Baird, Henry Carey, 1825-1912. person
associatedWith Baird, Thomas James, 1795-1842. person
associatedWith Blanchard, William A., 1769-1835. person
associatedWith Carey, Edward L., 1806-1845. person
associatedWith Carey & Hart. corporateBody
associatedWith Carey, Henry Charles, 1793-1879. person
associatedWith Carey, Lea & Blanchard. corporateBody
associatedWith Carey, Lea & Carey. corporateBody
associatedWith Carey, Mathew, 1760-1839. person
associatedWith Gardiner, Edward Carey, ca. 1879-1945. person
associatedWith Gardiner, William Howard, 1875-1952. person
associatedWith Lea, Arthur Henry, 1859-1938 person
associatedWith Lea & Blanchard. corporateBody
associatedWith Lea, Charles M. person
associatedWith Lea, Isaac, 1792-1886. person
associatedWith Mathew Carey and Co. corporateBody
associatedWith M. Carey & Son. corporateBody
associatedWith M. Carey & Sons. corporateBody
associatedWith Tunstall, Walker. person
associatedWith West, Benjamin, 1738-1820. person
associatedWith West, Samuel, 1738-1808. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Subject
Science publishing
Books and reading--19th century
Publishers and Publishing
Antiquarian booksellers--19th century
Booksellers and bookselling--19th century
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Active 1785

Active 1982

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