Founded by Christian Rudolf Wessel (1797-1885) with William Stodart, Wessel & Stodart of London was active in publishing starting in 1824. Wessel began to publish the works of Chopin in 1833, and in 1836 gained exclusive British publishing rights for that composer. In 1838, Stodart backed out of the partnership, and in 1839 Frederic Stapleton replaced him until his own withdrawal in 1845. In 1860, Wessel retired and transferred his business to Edwin Ashdown and Henry John Parry, who had been his managers. Subsequent issues were made under the imprint Edwin Ashdown Ltd.
Wessel explicitly promoted itself as an importer of foreign works, especially from Germany. Thus the catalog included many works by Chopin, Weber, Heller, Kuhlau and others. They had a large catalog of harp works (see cover of Gems of Verdi, Op.149 (Oberthür, Charles)), German songs (see cover of Grand Trio No.3, Op.10 (Clinton, John)), violin works (see cover of Murmures du Rhone, Op.66 (Burgmüller, Friedrich)) and piano works (see cover of Polacca brillante, Op.72 (Weber, Carl Maria von)).
Another Wessel & Co. operated in Rostock in the second half of the 19th century.
Note: Plate numbers were assigned fairly regularly untill about 1840, after which the numbers were not used chronologically. Instead, runs of numbers were allocated in part by subject or composer.
|907||Kuhlau||6 Divertissements for Flute and Piano, Op.68 (No.1)||(1833)|
|924||Chopin||Piano Trio, Op.8||(1833)|
|1662-63||Chopin||Introduction et polonaise brillante, Op.3||1836|
|1704||Clinton||Grand Flute Trio No.2, Op.9||(1836)|
|2141||Ganz||The Secret that Lies in My Heart||(1837)|
|3098||Chopin||Preludes, Op.28 (Nos.1-14)||(1839)|
|5416||Spohr||Piano Quintet No.1, Op.53 (parts)|
|6037||Ernst||Introduction, Caprices et finale de 'Il Pirate', Op.19 (arr. violin and piano)||1845|
|6880||Hallé||Miscellanées, Op.5 (No.1)|
|6881||Hallé||Miscellanées, Op.5 (No.2)|
|8979||Oberthür||Gems of Verdi, Op.149|