Smith, Elder & Co. or Smith, Elder, and Co. or Smith, Elder and Co. was a British publishing company which was most noted for the works it published in the 19th century. It was purchased by John Murray in the early 1900s, its archive now kept as part of the John Murray Archive at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh, Scotland.
|Founder||George Smith and Alexander Elder|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Publication types||Books, magazines|
They are notable for producing the first edition of the Dictionary of National Biography (DNB).
Other major authors published by the firm included Robert Browning, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, Richard Jefferies, George MacDonald, Charles Reade, John Ruskin, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Alfred Tennyson and George Gissing.
In 1909 the firm was being run by Reginald Smith.
- The Comic Offering volumes one through five by Louisa Henrietta Sheridan, 1831–1835
- Friendship's Offering, 1837
- Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa by Andrew Smith, 1838–50
- Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle by Charles Darwin, 1838–43
- Modern Painters by John Ruskin, 1843
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, 1847
- The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin, 1851
- The History of Henry Esmond by William Makepeace Thackeray, 1852
- The Professor by Charlotte Brontë, 1854
- The Ring and the Book by Robert Browning, 1868–69
- The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy, 1886
- The Great Boer War by Arthur Conan Doyle, 1900
- The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers, 1903
- Morocco in Diplomacy by Edmund Dene Morel, 1912
- Jane Austen: Her Life and Letters, A Family Record by William and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh, 1913
- The Adventures Of Philip by William Makepeace Thackeray, 1899
- Illustrated Editions of Popular Works
- Popular Library
"Business Correspondence of Smith, Elder, and Co., 1850–1908: Finding Aid". Princeton University Library. 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
Abstract. Consists, for the most part, of business correspondence of George Smith relating to the Cornhill Magazine, which he founded in 1859, and other publishing business of Smith, Elder, and Co., the London publishing firm.
- Forbes, Alexander (1839). California: A History of Upper and Lower California. Cornhill, London: Smith, Elder and Co.
Steve King. "Charlotte Bronte. Charlotte Bronte as "Currer Bell"". Today in Literature. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
Smith, Elder and Co. took the risk on passages like that, and Jane Eyre was an immediate and controversial hit.
One 1850 advertisement of "New Christmas Books" (3) shows footer "London: Smith, Elder and Co., 65, Cornhill." (The Observer, 1850-12-22 p. 1). The Cornhill Magazine was inaugurated January 1960, named after the 65 Cornhill street address.
The "Sixth Edition" title page of The King of the Golden River, no date, shows "London:" over "Smith, Elder & Co., 15 Waterloo Place." (viewed as HathiTrust Digital Library 011986310).
- "George Murray Smith (1824–1901)". oxforddnb.com. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
- The Illustrated London News, Volume: 134 , Issue: 3656, May 15, 1909, p. 18.
- Jenifer Smith, Prince of Publishers: A Biography of George Smith , London: Allison & Busby, 1986
- The House of Smith Elder by Leonard Huxley (London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1923) at the Internet Archive