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[Bookseller's Ticket for W. C. Chewett and Company]
[Bookseller's Ticket for W. C. Chewett and Company]
Title[Bookseller's Ticket for W. C. Chewett and Company]
Date Created[between 1861 and 1869]
Sort Date1869
DescriptionIn black ink on white or yellow paper, the bookseller's ticket consists of a double border surrounding black text.
Extent1 bookseller's ticket : relief printing ; 2 x 1.2 cm
Subject - GeographicToronto (Ont.)
Personal NamesW. C. Chewett and Company
TypeStill Image
NotesW. C. Chewett and Company was a Toronto-based printing and publishing concern that offered a variety of related goods and services, from stationery and paper supplies and a general selection of books, to printing, binding, and lithographic services. The company was established in January 1854 when William Cameron Chewett (1828-1897), a member of one of Toronto's oldest and most prominent families, went into partnership with William Walter Copp and Thomas Maclear. Together they purchased from Hugh Scobie's widow part of the book establishment Scobie had founded in 1838. During the 1850s, Maclear and Company produced such important works as the Canadian almanac, the Upper Canada Law Journal, and the Anglo-American Magazine, in addition to a large quantity of lithographic and other work. After Maclear's departure from the business in 1857, Chewett became the senior partner in the firm, the other partners being Copp and George Elliot Thomas. The business was renamed W. C. Chewett and Company in 1861. The following year, Chewett entered into partnership with Copp and Henry James Clark, a bookkeeper at the firm. Between 1862 and 1868, W. C. Chewett and Company's lithographic work won first prize each year at the Upper Canada Provincial Exhibition. In addition to the many important, albeit practical, works that the company printed and published throughout the 1860s, Chewett is known to have been involved in printing the first pirated edition of Tennyson's early poems in 1862. Despite W. C. Chewett and Company's success, Chewett retired from the firm in 1865. The business retained his name until 1869 when it became Copp, Clark and Company. Chewett went on to manage the music publishing firm of Abraham and Samuel Nordheimer from 1872 until 1880 or 1881. Chewett was married to Maria Susan Ranney in 1857 with whom he had three sons and three daughters.
1) Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. (2000). Chewett, William Cameron. Retrieved January 30, 2013, from
Access IdentifierBST MUR CAN I C449
Digital IdentifierBST_MUR_CAN_I_C449
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Leslie Binder. BST MUR CAN I C449
Date Available2013
Publisher - DigitalVancouver : University of British Columbia Library
RightsImages provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy, or otherwise use these images must be obtained from Rare Books and Special Collections:
TranscriptW.C. CHEWETT & CO. BOOKSELLERS, 17 & 19 King St. East TORONTO.
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