Presentation slip from Thomas Constable to Robert Walker, 1873 (pasted in copy of T Constable, Archibald Constable and his Literary Correspondents .
Papers of Thomas Constable, 1812-1881, printer and publisher
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- Dates of Creation1873
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description0.01 metres
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Administrative / Biographical History
Thomas Constable, printer and publisher, was born at Craigcrook, near Edinburgh, on 29 June 1812 . He learned the business of a printer in London, and successfully established his own position in Edinburgh soon after starting business there. On 07 September 1839 he was appointed Her Majesty's printer and publisher in Edinburgh. He purchased the copyright of Dr. Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847 ) works shortly after his death in 1847 , and although a loss-maker his business continued. About 1854 his popular series of schoolbooks known as Constable's Educational Series began; and about ten years later his Constable's Foreign Miscellany started, consisting of translations of important foreign works in general literature, but this did not work so well. In 1860 he ceased the publishing business, and in his later years he concentrated on his own literary works, including his life of his father, Archibald Constable and his Literary Correspondents (1873 ), and some private memoirs. He died on 26 May 1881 . His wife was Lucia Anne, daughter of Alexander Cowan, papermaker, Valleyfield, near Edinburgh. His son, Archibald, became partner with him in business in 1865 , and received the appointment of printer to Her Majesty in 1869 , the business being carried on under the designation of Thomas & Archibald Constable, printers to the queen and to the university of Edinburgh.
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