Excerpt from The House of Smith Elder
The story of Smith 8: Elder is the story of just a hundred years, from the early times of the post-napoleonic peace to the middle of the world war against Kaiserdom.
It is the story, in the main, of a publishing house, differing ... from other publishing houses in this, that for half of its existence, it was but one department of a vast business, one enterprise among the many which were directed by the same head.
The personal element enters more largely into the publishing business than into any other; and the story of Smith, Elder shows this personal element at its highest perfection in the rare felicity of the relations that sprang up between the remarkable men who guided the firm and the writers who came to them as clients and remained as their warm friends.
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