Printers, in Beccles and London, founded by William Clowes in 1803. By 1839, it was the largest printing works in the world, quickly and accurately printing government stationery (seeletterhead), periodicals, and books for many publishers. The firm produced catalogues of the Great Exhibition (1851) and Hymns Ancient and Modern (1875). It pioneered the use of Monotype and established a reputation in foreign languages and music.
From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.