Henry Vizetelly (1820 - 1894)
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Publisher and writer. Son of the printer James Henry Vizetelly (1790-1838) and brother of Frank Vizetelly (1830-1883) and James Thomas Vizetelly (1817-1897). He was early apprenticed as wood engraver.
In 1843, with his brother James Thomas Vizetelly and Andrew Spottiswoode (1787–1866), he started the publications Pictorial Times. In 1855, in partnership with the bookseller David Bogue (1812-1856), he started a three-penny paper called the Illustrated Times, which four years later was merged in the Penny Illustrated Paper.
Vizetelly wrote several books while working in Paris and Berlin as correspondent for the Illustrated London News, and in 1887 founded a publishing house in London, Vizetelly and Company.
In 1865 Henry took up the post of Paris correspondent with the Illustrated London News, and spent the following six years in France. He continued to publish throughout this period.
Henry returned to London, where his publishing activities focussed on translations of French authors such as Flaubert, Droz, Daudet, Cherbuliez, and Hugo. In 1884, Henry began to publish translations of the works of Emile Zola, which proved popular with the public. In 1888, the literal translation of graphic scenes in Zola’s La Terre ( The Soil) led to prosecution for obscene libel, which was fined. Vizetelly, undeterred, reissued Zola’s works the following year and was imprisoned for three months.
Born: 30 July 1820 in London
Died: 1 January 1894
Samuel Carter Hall, editor
The Book of British Ballads - London: 1842-1844
Plans, Elevations, Sections, And Details Of The Alhambra: From Drawings Taken On The Spot In 1834 By The Late M Jules Goury And In 1834 And 1837 By Owen Jones Archt. With A Complete Translation Of The Arabic Inscriptions, And And Historical Notice Of The Kings Of Granada, From The Conquest Of That City By The Arabs To The Expulsion Of The Moors, By Mr Pasqual De Gayangas. Vol. I. (II.) - London:: [1842(-1845)]
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Hyperion : a romance / by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Author of "Evangeline," etc. Illustrated with nearly one hundred engravings on wood, from drawings by Birket Foster - London: 1853
Captain Frederick Marryat
Poor Jack / By Captain Marryat, C.B. ; with illustrations by Clarkson Stanfield, R.A. - London: 1846