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The firm of Longmans (or the House of Longman) was founded by Thomas Longman I in 1724, and has developed through partnerships and mergers to its present status as a major general publishing house. Its 18th century involvement in the publication of 'polite literature' was extended in the 19th century into educational publishing, and the development of their present range of interests. The firm lost some of its early records in the Paternoster Row fire of December 1940, particularly their correspondence files, but long sequences of ledgers survive to show the activities of a 19th century general publisher. Published by Chadwyck-Healey in 1979 (in their series 'Archives of British publishers' on microfilm), the records include commission, royalty and copyright ledgers, impression books, the partial records of several subsidiary companies and some correspondence and agreements.
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