Lewis Augustus Lavenu (1767–1818) started publishing in 1795 at his "New Musical Warehouse" at 23, Duke Street, St. James's Piccadilly. In 1802 (in new premises at 29 New Bond Street) printer Charles Mitchell joined and the firm traded as Lavenu & Mitchell until about 1806, after which Mitchell set up his own firm.
In 1814 Nicolas Mori (1796–1839), a violinist, joined the firm, trading as Mori & Lavenu. It was managed after Lavenu's death by his widow Elizabeth. She married Mori in 1819, but continued trading under her own name until 1827. After the death of Mori in 1839, Elizabeth's son Lewis Henry Lavenu (1818-1859) took over the firm. The firm published the annual compendium The Musical Gem in the 1830s. In 1844 Lewis Henry Lavenu sold the firm to Hodson who continued it as Addison and Hodson (Robert Addison was previously a partner of J.B. Cramer).
Lewis Henry Lavenu and his descendents were all in the entertainment business, and his great-great-grandson was the Hollywood star of the 1930s-1950s, Tyrone Power (1914-1958).
Imprints, Addresses, Agencies
- L. Lavenu (1795-1801)
- Lavenu & Mitchell (1802-1806)
- Mori & Lavenu
- Lavenu & Co.
- 23, Duke Street, St. James's (1795-c.1800)
- 29, New Bond Street (c.1800)
- 26, New Bond Street (before 1820)
- 24, Edward Street, Manchester Square (1820-1826)
- 28, New Bond Street (1827-ca. 1844)
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- Humphries & Smith, 1970. Music publishing in the British Isles : a dictionary of engravers, printers, publishers and music sellers, with a historical introduction. Second edition with suppl., Oxford: B. Blackwell.
- Parkinson, J.A., 1990. Victorian music publishers : an annotated list, Warren, Mich.: Harmonie Park Press.