Hurst and Blackett

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Hurst and Blackett was a publisher founded in 1852 by Henry Blackett (26 May 1825 – 7 March 1871), the grandson of a London shipbuilder, and Daniel William Stow Hurst (17 February 1802 – 6 July 1870). Shortly after the formation of their partnership Hurst and Blackett took over the business of the long established publisher Henry Colburn, for whom Daniel Hurst had worked for some years, and their earliest publications displayed "Successors to Henry Colburn" on the title pages. This was subsequently replaced by the epithet "Publishers since 1812", probably in reference to the date when Henry Colburn had commenced publishing.[1]

Four of Henry Blackett's sons became publishers.[2] Hurst and Blackett were located on Great Marlborough Street, where Henry Colburn had maintained his premises, and later at Paternoster House, Paternoster Row, London and had offices in New York and Melbourne. They were taken over by Hutchinson, which later became part of Random House.[3]

Book series[edit]

  • Arcadian Novels
  • Hurst & Blackett's Colonial Library
  • Hurst and Blackett's Copyright Novels
  • Hurst and Blackett's 6d. Copyright Novels
  • Hurst and Blackett's 1/- net Novels
  • Hurst & Blackett's 7d. Novels[4]
  • Hurst & Blackett's Famous Copyright Novels
  • Hurst & Blackett's Famous 6d. Novels
  • Hurst and Blackett's Standard Library
  • Kiddi-logues Series
  • Paternoster Library[5]
  • Toucan Novels[6]
  • The Valentine Romance Club series


  1. ^ Veronica Melnyk (September 2002). "Half Passion and Half Fashion: The Life of Publisher Henry Colburn" (PDF). University of Birmingham Research Archive.
  2. ^ Kirtley, Allan, Longbottom, Patricia, Blackett, Martin. A History of the Blacketts. (2013) The Blacketts. pp. 109–110. ISBN 978-0-9575675-0-4. Archived from the original on 23 June 2014.
  3. ^ Richard Cohen (28 June 1998). "Guess Who's on the Backlist, Bookend". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Hurst & Blackett’s 7d. Novels, Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  5. ^ Paternoster Library, Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  6. ^ The Toucan Novels: Just think what Toucan do, Retrieved 26 October 2020.

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