Map, China, Birman Empire, Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, Chapman and Hall, c1839
Map China, Birman Empire
Published for Society for Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Chapman & Hall, 186 Strand, :
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Engraver: Walker J C
Image Size: 305 x 365mm
Paper size: 415 x 350mm
Technique: Steel Engraving
Chapman and Hall Publishers (1830 – Present)
Chapman and Hall was a British publishing house in London, founded in 1830 by Edward Chapman and William Hall.
Upon Hall's death in 1847, Chapman's cousin Frederic Chapman became partner in the company, of which he became sole manager upon the retirement of Edward Chapman in 1864.
In 1868 author Anthony Trollope bought a third of the company for his son, Henry Merivale
From 1902 to 1930 the company’s Managing Director was Arthur Waugh.
In the 1930s the company merged with Methuen, a merger which in 1955 participated in forming the Associated Book Publishers. The latter was acquired by The Thompson Corporation in 1987
Chapman and Hall was sold again in 1998 as part of Thomson Scientific and Professional to Wolters Kluwer who sold it on to CRC Press
Today, Chapman and Hall is used as an imprint for Science and Technology books by Taylor and Francis
Chapman and Hall is best known as publisher for Charles Dickens and others well into the 20th Century
In cartographic circles they are known as the primary publishers for The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge Atlas, a massive 200+ map atlas that was popular in England during the mid 19th century