NINETEENTH CENTURY LITERARY MANUSCRIPTS
Part 6: Correspondence and Papers, 1788-1827, of Archibald Constable, Publisher of the Edinburgh Review
(NLS Mss 319-332, 668-684, 742-743, 789-792,7200, 8991, 23117, 23230-23234, 23618-23620)
This is a key source for all scholars of Romanticism, 19th century literature, and publishing history. Here are the papers of the eminent publishing company Archibald Constable & Co:
- The papers describe the rise of the Company, largely due to the launch of The Edinburgh Review (in 1802) and the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s Sir Tristam.
- They describe literary society in Britain, particularly in Edinburgh, the running of a literary review magazine, and relationships with authors.
- They describe the disastrous crash of the Company in 1826, swiftly followed by the death of the owner, and causing the bankruptcy of Sir Walter Scott.
- There is all of the editorial correspondence, 1788-1827, including much with Scott – and important correspondence with Cadell, Longman & Co and Hurst, Robinson & Co.