Category Archives: English Publishers

Cassell & Co. Limited, London

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Cassell and Co. published an abridged form of Jacob Abbott’s Jonas on a Farm in Summer in The Smuggler’s Cave in the 1880’s. This little 6.5″ x 4.25″ volume has one illustration, the frontispiece. It is 95 pages. This title was published as part of the 10 volume Sixpenny Story Books Series

This volume also included a seven page short story Pic-Nic Party and a 16 page story, The Smuggler’s Cave (by Grace Stebbing).

Here is a cover variant:

Thomas Nelson/Thomas Nelson and Sons, London and Edinburgh

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In 1844 Thomas Nelson II went to London to set up of branch of the Edinburgh publishing firm his father had established in 1802.

Known Abbott titles at this time:

1844 China and the English – Jacob Abbott (288 pages)

The Fireside 1849
This little 4″ x 2.75″ book is soft leather bound and has gold gilt edges and is 264 pages.

1852 The Corner-stone 247 pages

In 1854 Thomas Nelson and Sons published “Abbott’s Series”. This four book series consisted of:
1. The Child at Home by John Abbott
2. Mother at Home by John Abbott
3. Every Day Duty by Jacob Abbott
4. Parental Duties by Jacob Abbott

Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Company, London

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This firm has a long history beginning before 1814 when its ancestor was established by Benjamin Crosby. William Simpkin and Richard Marshall were Crosby’s assistants. Upon Crosby’s illness in 1814, Simpkin and Marshall was established. At one point in the mid-nineteenth century the firm of Simpkin, Marshall and Co. was England’s largest book wholesaler. In about 1890-1891 the firm expanded and became Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Company.

Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Company published one Jacob Abbott volume.
Historical Tales includes three Abbott biographies:
Mary, Queen of Scots
Charles I, King of England
Louis XIV, King of France

This volume is 8 x 5.5 and has 440 pages. I am uncertain as to the publication date.

W. W. Darling, Edinburgh

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Numerous English publishers reprinted Abbott’s works in the 1830-1900.

Probably the most commonly published title was The Young Christian. This book was published by W. W. Darling, an Edinburgh firm. It was “revised and corrected” by William Darling.