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Type 53

Smith, Elder & Co. were Publishers and East India Agents whose main offices were located at:

    65 Cornhill,

The senior partner in the firm was a George Smith.  A portrait is shown below.
A view of 65 Cornhill at the time the firm was based there can also be seen below.


George Smith 65 Cornhill

Smith, Elder & Co. published works by some of the most famous writers and authors of the day including William Makepeace Thackeray, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Darwin, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Gaskell, Arthur Conon Doyle and John Ruskin.

They had two consecutive entries in a Post Office Commercial Directory of 1865, which read:

“…east india army agents & bankers, 45 Pall mall SW; 4 White Lion court EC & 65 Cornhill EC”


“…publishers, home and export stationers & booksellers, east india army & colonial agents, 65 Cornhill EC; 4 White Lion court, Cornhill EC; 14 Bride lane, Fleet street EC; general printers, 15 ˝ Old Bailey EC, & label printers, Bishop’s court, Old Bailey EC”

Smith Elder & Co. also used Advertising Rings, some of which will be displayed here in the future.


1864. Unofficial underprint type 53 (over the gum) in black.

PP181 1d lake-red (SG 43 or G1)
Plates 84, 87, 96, 97 and 107

PP181A 1d lake-red (SG 43 or G1), as PP181 but underprint in red
Plate 97

Note.  PP181A is my numbering as this underprint is currently unlisted by Stanley Gibbons.

PP182 4d vermilion (SG 94 or J56)
Plate 9

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