Joseph Johnson (1738-1809) has been regarded as perhaps the most important publisher of his era.

He was responsible for promoting some of the most daring and unorthodox writers of the time, including Joseph Priestley, Erasmus Darwin, Mary Wollstonecraft and Thomas Paine.

His stable of authors wrote on topics ranging from the emancipation of women to the abolition of slavery—subjects considered by his contemporaries to be too radical or progressive for ordinary publication.

Today, still operating out of the same address at St. Paul’s Churchyard, Joseph Johnson continues this tradition of publishing a small but exclusive catalogue of books that champion freedom of thought and great quality writing, often beyond the scope of mainstream public opinion.