Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,459 pages of information and 233,880 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
1946 Founded by Rupert Hart-Davis and his friend David Garnett. The firm enjoyed immediate critical success if not financial success.
Published distinguished books, all superbly produced, Hart-Davis was no businessman
1955 The firm was sold to Heinemann, whilst keeping the Hart-Davis name, the same premises, and editorial authority.
1962 Bill Jovanovich, president of the New York publishers Harcourt Brace, acquired the firm.
1963 Jovanovich decided to liquidate the business. Several London publishers cut off all relations with Jovanovich. The business was sold to Granada.