Lewis Augustus Lavenu (1767–1818) a London based music seller, founded the company with Nicolas Mori (1796–1839), a violinist, in 1814, and 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 her husband in 1839, her 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 Heny Lavenu sold the firm to Hodson who continued it as Addison and Hodson (Addison was a partner of Johann Baptist Cramer). Lewis Heny 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
- 28, New Bond Street (1827-ca. 1844)
- 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.