Edwards of Halifax

Edwards of Halifax was a world-famous company of booksellers and bookbinders.

The bookbinding company was founded by William Edwards and situated in Old Market, Halifax.

The company later moved into bookselling and publishing. Their premises were said to be one of the finest bookshops in the country.

The business was continued in Halifax and in Pall Mall, London [1784] by William's sons: James, John, Thomas, and Richard.

The company was famous for the rich and expensive bindings; some included paintings on the edges of the pages which could only be seen when the pages were fanned out – see Northowram Hall.

The firm developed many techniques, including:

Examples of these can be seen at the links below.

They were at Old Market, Halifax [1809]. The company closed in 1???.

A collection of their publications was purchased by the Bodleian Library in 1966, after a subscription by the Friends of the Bodleian, in memory of L. W. Hanson, the eldest son of T. W. Hanson. The collection consists of primary material – their publications, catalogues, bindings, fore-edge paintings – and of secondary material.

Many of the family were buried at Holy Trinity Church, Harrison Road

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