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James Imray was a publisher specialized in nautical charts. He started one of the most successful blue-back chart-selling companies of the nineteenth century; it is still in business today. Imray’s father was a dyer and he was born in Spitalfields, London, an area known for its garment industry. James did not want to enter the garment trade, however, and instead apprenticed to Stationer William Lukyn in 1818. Imray began his business as a book publisher and seller; however, he shared premises with Robert Blachford, a chartseller. Imray entered into business with Robert’s successor, Michael. He turned the business into a success and bought Blachford out in 1846, publishing under the imprint of James Imray. In 1854, son James Frederick joined as a partner and the imprint changed to Imray & Son. They thrived thanks to targeted marketing and excellent compilation charts that focused on trade routes. The busines entered in a long decline after the death of James Sr. in 1870. In 1899, Imray & Son amalgamated with Norie & Wilson. This conglomerate was bought by the Laurie firm in 1904 and today the business trades as Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson.


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Place/Date:
London / 1868
Size:
49.5 x 40 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
34654
Place/Date:
London / 1870
Size:
51 x 40 inches
Condition:
See Description
Stock#:
22791
Place/Date:
London / 1858
Size:
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
48583
Place/Date:
London / 1882
Size:
43 x 29 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
23649
Place/Date:
London / 1873
Size:
50 x 34 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
24823
Place/Date:
London / 1873
Size:
73 x 40 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
14979
Place/Date:
London / 1876
Size:
52.5 x 50 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
37549mb
Place/Date:
London / 1883
Size:
78.5 x 44 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
36209cf
Place/Date:
London / 1882
Size:
51 x 40 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
23653
Place/Date:
London / 1882
Size:
51 x 40 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
23652
Place/Date:
London / 1875
Size:
51 x 40 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
1806RB
Place/Date:
London / 1882
Size:
51 x 40 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
23650
Place/Date:
London / 1881
Size:
51 x 40 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
28628
Place/Date:
London / 1855
Size:
60 x 42.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
40857
Place/Date:
London / 1870
Size:
62 x 38.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
61567