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James Clarke and Co Ltd: About Us

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James Clarke and Co Ltd was founded in 1859 in Fleet Street, London, mainly as a magazine publisher. It produced the highly influential religious magazine, Christian World, which by the outbreak of the First World War was selling over 100,000 copies a week, and was the leading nonconformist weekly.

In addition James Clarke and Co began to publish some books. At first these were mainly imports from the United States – very unusual at a time when American publishing relied heavily on buying from Britain. Major American preachers and theologians, such as Henry Ward Beecher, were thus introduced to British readers.

With the decline of the Christian World in the 1920s, the Company, by then run by James Clarke's grandsons, became an exclusively book publishing company, building up a list in religion, and in alternative medicine and spirituality.

More recently the Company has specialised in academic and reference works. Major works such as the New Testament Apocrypha edited by Schneemelcher (originally by Hennecke), and the Encyclopedia of the Early Church edited by Angelo di Berardino have established themselves as the authoritative texts. Outside the religious field the main reference work is The Libraries Directory, providing detailed information on British and Irish libraries.

In 1984 The Lutterworth Press became associated with the Company, publishing less specialised works. The Company is now based in Cambridge, and produces about ten new titles a year.

We publish books in the following areas:

Our current printed catalogues are also available to download in PDF format:

The Lutterworth Press
This is our main sister imprint, which publishes general adult non-fiction, religious titles and children's titles. The Lutterworth Press has a separate online catalogue, but shares the same shopping cart as the James Clarke and Co Ltd web site. This will allow you to logon to both web sites using the same password, and to combine purchases from both catalogues in a single order.

If you like to be kept informed of our new and forthcoming titles and other promotional offers, then you can sign up to our mailing list. You do not have to create an account with us in order to subscribe.

If you are an author seeking publication, then please see our Author Guidelines page for advice on what we publish and how to submit your book to us, and to download a copy of our New Book Proposal Form.

Please note that we are not accepting submissions for children's books at the current time.