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Adam Black (1784 - 1874)
Adam Black (1784-1874)
A bookseller, publisher and politician born Edinburgh son of Charles Black master builde and mason. Educated in Edinburgh and apprenticed to John Fairbairn bookseller 20 March 1799. In 1804-1807 he was employed by the London publishers “Lackington, Allen & Co.”, later operating independently in Edinburgh from 1807. A partnership with his brother Charles Black and Thomas Underwood, trading in London as “Underwood, trading in London as “Underwood & Blacks” and in Edinburgh as “Adam Black” was dissolved 6 March 1813. He took his nephew, Charles Black into his partnership in 1834 and began trading as A & C Black.
Black was elected Lord Provost of Edinburgh 1843-1848 and member of Parliament 1856-1865 and consequently retired from the business in 28 December 1870.
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