[ Treuttel & Würtz, foreign booksellers, London. ] Fifteen items relating to the firm's account with Rev. W. H. Kinsey, including itemised bills, and correspondence on Kinsey's book 'Portugal Illustrated' and on disputed accounts.

Author: 
Treuttel & Würtz [ Treuttel & Würtz, Treuttel Junr. & Richter ], Foreign Booksellers, London [ William Morgan Kinsey (1788-1851), clergyman and travel writer ]
Publication details: 
Treuttel & Würtz, Treuttel Junr. & Richter, 30 Soho Square, London. Between 1831 and 1834.
£380.00
SKU: 19357

Fifteen items, crudely sewn together and rolled into a packet. Aged and worn, with marked damage to the earliest (outer) item. Six of the fifteen are itemised bills, on the firms ornate engraved letterhead, which, with two royal crests, describes the firm as 'Foreign Booksellers | To His Majesty, | & His Royal Highness | Prince Leopold of Saxe Coburg, | Publishers and Importers orf | Greek, Latin, Italian, French & German, Spanish & Portuguese works.' There is also a double-entry account (2pp., 8vo) for August 1832. Among the correspondence is material relating to the book 'Portugal Illustrated', published by the firm for Kinsey in 1828 (second edition 1829). On 15 August 1831 they writes to inform him that they 'waited on Major Webster on Saturday last – who stated that the present was not a fit time to present “Portugal Illustrated” to Don Pedro – as he & Portugal are not on the best terms. It was stated to Major W. that the book was of a character that could not fail to be gratifying to the Emperor – but the Major persisted, and the applicant politely withdrew, not a little surprized at the reason advanced for withholding the book!' On 19 November 1831 they writes again: 'Messrs Treuttel & Co. present compliments to Mr Kinsey, and beg to know if he would allow them to present a copy of his Portugal to a Gentlman who has applied to them for it – on the ground of his anxious desire to possess so beautiful a work and his inability to purchase it. The request may seem an odd one – but as the person in question has extensive opportunities of diffusing a favorable report of the book among literary men and in particular among the Trade – perhaps Mr. K. on this account may comply with his wishes.' The letter continues with political news. Other items give clear evidence of confused accounting on the part of the firm. On 3 March 1832 they apologise 'for the error in charging the Paris book already settled for' ('It was an oversight of the moment') and there are a number of items relating to a dispute over the price of 'Rossini's Views', including an ALS to Kinsey from J. H. Howard of Essex Place, 30 August 1832: 'I am just returned from Modern Babylon, & while there saw my Correspondent your bookseller, & by dint of a little explanation & trouble I succeeded in obtaining one general account, which was also erroneous! But I have corrected it and now sent it to you and trust you will understand it'. Accompanying Howard's letter is a note from the firm to Kinsey, reading: 'Revd Sir/ | We hope the preceding Statement will clearly shew the state of our accounts and explain every particular that was formerly obscure [postscript] The acct. is presently the same as before except that the acct for Rossini was left blank for you to fill in – as we did not recollect the exact amt. Agreed on for it.' The British Library provides an excellent overview of the firm's history: 'Firm of publishers and booksellers, who were also active in print publishing. Founded in Strasbourg in 1770s by Jean Georges Treuttel; Würtz was his brother-in-law and partner from c.1785. c.1798 moved to Paris, while keeping shop in Strasbourg. London branch opened in 1817 under management of Adolphus Richter (by 1837 under his sole name), importing new books from Paris. Treuttel died 1826, and the French firm descended through Würtz family; from 1841 known as Jung-Treuttel. Steady decline and final closure in 1934.'