Macmillan & Co Ltd

1843- , publisher, Cambridge

Founded in 1843 as a bookshop in Cambridge as Macmillan & Co. by Daniel Macmillan and his brother Alexander. The Macmillans began publishing textbooks in 1844, met with steady success, and published their first novel, Charles Kingsley’s Westward Ho!, in 1855. The firm went on to publish several important Victorian authors including Alfred Lord Tennyson, Thomas Henry Huxley, Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling, and William Butler Yeats.

The Macmillan family formally ended its ownership in 1999, when the German media group Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH completed its acquisition of all the company’s shares. In the early 21st century, Macmillan had offices in more than 40 countries. Its headquarters are in London.