American publishing house founded in 1838 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Joshua Ballinger Lippincott. Lippincott had been publishing before under the name "Clark and Lippincott".
In 1849, Lippincott acquired Grigg, Elliot & Company, a significant publisher and wholesaler whose origins dated back to printer and bookseller Benjamin and Jacob Johnson in 1792. In 1850 J. B. Lippincott & Company became Lippincott, Grambo & Company but reverted to its former name in 1855 with the retirement of Grambo.
The company was incorporated in 1885 as J. B. Lippincott Company.
In 1978 the company was acquired by Harper & Row, and has gone through various name changes since. In 1990 it was sold to Wolters Kluwer NV.