Preston

Free public domain sheet music from IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library
Jump to: navigation, search

Contents

History

London publisher founded by John Preston, and first listed in a directory of 1774, having premises at 9 Banbury Court, Long Acre. John Preston was also an instrument maker and seller, and is well known for his 'English Guitars' or citterns (see Scores featuring the cittern).
Preston's son, Thomas, joined the business in 1789, when the firm also bought up the plates and stock of Robert Bremner, and had additional premises at Exeter Change. In a rare biographical note, John Stafford Smith has an interesting footnote on page 4 of his Musica Antiqua: "It would be injustice not to notice, on this occasion, the liberality of the publisher, Mr. Preston; who, in consideration of the difficulty in engraving music and words so nearly unintelligible, has, paid the engraver a great price for engraving these plates."

By 1837 Messrs. Coventry & Holliers had bought up the firm, and continued to publish Preston's old plates for a while; they in turn were bought up by Novello c.1850.

Imprints, Addresses

  • John Preston, 105, Strand - c.1776-1777
  • John Preston, 97, Strand - c.1778-1789
"Printed & sold by John Preston at his Music Warehouse No.97, Strand"
"Printed & sold by J. Preston, at his Music Warehouse, No.97, Strand"
"Printed & sold by Preston, at his Music Warehouse, No.97, Strand"
  • Preston & Son, 97, Strand - c.1789-1798
"Printed & Sold by Preston & Son at their Wholesale Warehouses, No.97, Strand"
"Sold by Preston & Son at their Warehouses, 97, Strand & Exeter Change" (c.1797)
  • Thomas Preston, 97, Strand - c.1798-1801
  • Preston, 97, Strand - c.1801-1822
"Printed & Sold by Preston at his Wholesale Warehouses, 97, Strand"
  • Preston, 71, Dean Street - c.1822-1833

Sources consulted

Authority control

  • VIAF (Preston, John, -1798)
Personal tools
Namespaces
Variants
Actions
Navigation
Browse scores
Browse recordings
Participate
Other
For iPhone & iPad

Purchase

Toolbox
Associated with