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JOHN CASSELL (1817–1865)

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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 458 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JOHN CASSELL (1817–1865), British publisher, was born in Manchester on the 23rd of January 1817. His father was the landlord of a public-house, and John was apprenticed to a joiner. He was self-educated, gaining by his own efforts a considerable acquaintance with English literature and a knowledge of French. He came to London in 1836 to work at his trade, but his energies at this time were chiefly centred in the cause of temperance,for which he was an active worker. In 1847 he established himself as a tea and coffee merchant, and soon after started a publishing business with the aim of supplying good literature to the working classes. From the offices of the firm, which became in 1859 Messrs. Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co., were issued the Popular Educator (1852-1855), the Technical Educator (187o–1872), the Magazine of Art (1878–1903), Cassell's Magazine (from 1852), and numerous editions of standard works. A special feature of Cassell's popular books was the illustration. At the time of the Crimean War he procured from Paris the cuts used in L'Illustration, and by printing them in his Family Paper (begun in 1853) secured a large circulation for it. The firm was converted in 1883 into a limited liability company, under the name of Cassell & Company, Limited. John Cassell died in London on the 2nd of April 1865.
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Hello, Messrs. Cassell, Petter, Galpin is the publisher of our 'Family Bible' a very large heavy book with leather spine and corners (probably a nice blue at one time) and cover of what was probably a gold colour when new. In the front it says 'CASSELL'S Illustrated FAMILY BIBLE Superior Edition. I asume that this would not be the only Family Bible they published. However, there is NO date anywhere that I can see. I hope this is useful information for you.
I have a copy of this bible and it has names and dates of deaths dating back to 1847 the cover is tatty but the illustrations are fantastic
I also have a family bible as as stated above , do you have any idea in its value
I also have the Cassell's Illustrated Bible but it does not have a publishing date. The publisher however was W.J. Holland & Co., Springfield, Mass, and Chicago, Ill., There are some condition problems with the binding and some of the pages are torn and tattered. The cover page states more than 900 highly finished engravings. I would love to know more about the date of publication and the value of this antiquity. It has been in my family since I was a child.
I also have a copy of the cassell family BIBLE which I bought in Canterbury England in 1985 it also has names of various family members dating back to the 17 century? I would also like to share some information with whomever? Mine also does not have a printing date in it, Richard M. Heaton ,Sebring Fla.
I have the Cassell,Peter,and Galpin Illustrated family bible superior edition in my possession. This bible is very large and contains both the new testament also old testaments. Also we have Cassell history of England volumes 1 2 3. Could you inform me if they have any value and who would interested in buying these copies. Brain,Janice Jenkins
I have a Cassells Illustrated Family Bible which is in two volumes. Published by Cassell Petter & Galpin. Its in good condition with over 900 engravings, commentary/explanation etc etc. I've yet to come accross anyone else with a two volume Cassell bible - is it rare?
Greetings from Germany! I'm glad to posess a copy of the Cassell's Illustrated Family Bible (may be 1870 /1880). It is a very wunderfull and heavy book with 900 very beautifull engravings. It is interesting for me to read something about John Cassell.
i have a collection of volumes 1-6 cassells popular educator very good condition.can anyone point me in the righht direction with more info on these books and where to get them valued.should i insure them?
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