In 1830, Edward Chapman (1804–1880) and William Hall (1800-1847) established the Chapman and Hall bookselling and publishing business. Its premises were originally located at 186 Strand, London.

William Hall fell ill suddenly and died at the firm’s Strand office on Sunday, 7th March 1847, aged forty-six. Charles Dickens attended the burial at Highgate cemetery.

Chapman and Hall were most notably the company were publishers for Charles Dickens (from 1840 until 1844 and again from 1858 until 1870), William Makepeace Thackeray, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Eadweard Muybridge and Evelyn Waugh. They continued to publish hitherto unpublished Dickens material well into the 20th century.


Charles Dickens and Chapman and Hall.

Prior to 1836, Chapman and Hall were primarily a bookseller on London’s Strand road. Charles Dickens is said to have purchased his first copy of The Monthly Magazine there following publication of his first story.

After the firm had turned to publishing and had success with their first publication, Squib Annual of Poetry, Politics, and Personalities they turned to Charles Dickens for help with the next project.



Chapman and Hall’s original bookselling and publishing business was located at 186 Strand, London. In 1852 Chapman and Hall vacated the Strand offices and moved to 193 Piccadilly.





Further Reading.

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