Bailliere, Tindall & Cox (publishers)
Jean-Baptiste Bailliere (1795-1885) founded the medical and scientific publishing house of Bailliere in Paris in 1818. It thrived and diversified through the efforts of various members of the family. Jean-Baptiste’s brother Hippolyte set up a branch of the business in London in 1830 and his nephews began a related business, Bailliere Brothers, in New York and Melbourne.
In 1870 Albert Alfred Tindall purchased the London business of Messrs Bailliere & Co., maintained its international links and expanded. Although his son took over the running of the business he remained the senior partner until his death, aged 90, in 1931.
This collection comprises of 21 volumes of Letter Books, each containing copy-out letters from Bailliere, Tindall, & Cox. Whilst some of the earlier volumes are largely bi-lingual (French and English), and in some cases French alone, the majority of the later volumes appear to have switched to primarily English. Most of the volumes are handwritten, although some of the early 20th century examples do provide typed script.