Collection comprising 103 letters sent to James Vizetelly and his company of printers and engravers by ca. 40 correspondents
between 1838 and 1854. Most of the letters are in French, from French editors, and printers, and prominent publishers, including
Béthune et Plon, Pagnerre Éditeur, Melchior Yvan, and L. Curmer. They reflect Vizetelly & Co.'s involvement in the growing
demand for illustrated French and "exotic" literature.
The Vizetelly London firm of printers, engravers and publishers was
active under various names from ca. 1827-1890. Founded by James Henry Vizetelly
with various associates, the firm was reorganized at his death in 1838, by the
eldest son James, with his younger brother Henry as associate. In 1849 the firm
went into liquidation, the brothers setting up separate businesses. James
Vizetelly’s firm remained active until 1855 under the name of Vizetelly and
Company (at 135 Fleet Street). The name Vizetelly was successfully
continued in the printing business of James’s brother Henry. Henry Vizetelly's firm
ended unfortunately in 1889 when the publication of several novels by the French
writer Émile Zola brought Henry to the Criminal Court. He was
condemned under the Obscene Libel Act to three months in prison.
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