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Walter Collins, Sons & Co. (1819-1990)
William Collins, Sons (often referred to as Collins) was a Scottish printing company founded by a Presbyterian schoolmaster, William Collins, in Glasgow in 1819, in partnership with Charles Chalmers, the younger brother of Thomas Chalmers, minister of Tron Church, Glasgow. The company had to overcome many early obstacles, and Charles Chalmers left the business in 1825. The company eventually found success in 1841 as a printer of Bibles, and, in 1848, Collins's son Sir William Collins developed the firm as a publishing venture, specializing in religious and educational books. The company was renamed William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd. in 1868.

Although the early emphasis of the company had been on religion and education, Collins also published more widely. In 1917, with Sir Godfrey Collins in charge, the firm started publishing fiction. Collins Crime Club (1930–1994) published all but the first six of Agatha Christie's novels, starting in 1926, as well as the British editions of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe books and many others from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. Upon purchasing the rights to the works of C.S. Lewis, Fount was established as Collins's religion imprint.

Collins ultimately became a diverse and prolific company, publishing a wide range of titles, including many aimed at a juvenile audience, such as the books of the author and illustrator Racey Helps in the 1950s. By the late 1970s, Wm Collins & Sons was also responsible for publishing the long-running American Children's Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series in the United Kingdom. These were firstly published in a series of digest size hardbacks akin to their American style. Paperbacks (of a 'normal' rather than 'digest' size) soon followed from Collins' Armada Books imprint, although the series as published in England follow a different numbering system to the accepted American one. Collins's Armada Books imprint also published similar series, such as the Three Investigators, alongside such British stalwarts as Biggles, Billy Bunter, and Paddington Bear, and such well-loved authors as Enid Blyton, Malcolm Saville, Diana Pullein-Thompson.

In 1990, the company was merged with US publisher Harper and Row and renamed HarperCollins. Collins became an imprint of HarperCollins.

On 8 February 2013 it was announced that some parts of the Collins non-fiction imprint would be merged with the HarperPress imprint to form a new William Collins imprint. [from Wikipedia]

  1. []. The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London, Walter Collins, Sons & Co., nd    [inscribed 1903]

  2. []. Robinson Crusoe. London, Collins Clear-Type Press, nd   [inscribed 1906] 

  3. []. Robinson Crusoe. London, Collins Clear-Type Press, nd   [inscribed 1911] 

  4. []. Robinson Crusoe. London, Collins Clear-Type Press, nd   [inscribed 1912] 

  5. []. Robinson Crusoe.  London & Glascow, Collins Imperial Library, nd    [inscribed 1900]

  6. []. Robinson Crusoe. London, Collins Clear-Type Press, nd   [inscribed 1910] 

  7. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London, Walter Collins, Sons & Co., nd  [51]

  8. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London, Walter Collins, Sons & Co., 1908   [87] [e91bin]

  9. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London & Glascow, William Collins, Sons & Co., Ltd, ns  [inscribed 1907]

  10. []. Robinson Crusoe. London, Collins Clear-Type Press, nd   [inscribed 1909] 

  11. []. Robinson Crusoe. London, Collins Clear-Type Press, nd   [inscribed 1909] 

  12. []. Robinson Crusoe. London, Collins Clear-Type Press, nd

  13. []. Robinson Crusoe. London, Collins Clear-Type Press, nd

  14. []. The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London, Collins Clear-Type Press, nd 

  15. []. The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London, Walter Collins, Sons & Co., nd 

  16.   []. Robinson Crusoe. London, Collins Clear-Type Press, nd  [inscribed 1939]

  17.   []. Robinson Crusoe. London, Collins Clear-Type Press, nd  [inscribed 1939]
  18. []. Robinson Crusoe. London, Collins Clear-Type Press, nd

  19. []. Robinson Crusoe.  London, Wm. Collins & Sons Company, nd    [1920s]

  20. [].Robinson Crusoe.  London and Glascow, Collins Clear-Type Press, nd

  21. [].Robinson Crusoe.  London and Glascow, Collins Clear-Type Press, nd    [inscribed 1914]

  22. [].Robinson Crusoe.  London and Glascow, Collins Clear-Type Press, nd   [inscribed 1927]

  23. [].Robinson Crusoe.  London and Glascow, Collins Clear-Type Press, nd   

  24. [].Robinson Crusoe.  London and Glascow, Collins Clear-Type Press, nd    [inscribed 1915]

  25.   [].Robinson Crusoe.  London and Glascow, Collins Clear-Type Press, nd   [inscribed 1931]

  26.   [].Robinson Crusoe.  London and Glascow, Collins Clear-Type Press, nd   [inscribed 1932]

  27. front cover[].Robinson Crusoe.  London and Glascow, Collins Clear-Type Press, nd
  28. []. Robinson Crusoe. London, Collins, 1956 [e25bin]

  29. []. Robinson Crusoe. London, Collins, 1957

  30. []. Robinson Crusoe. London, Collins, 1958

  31. [].Robinson Crusoe. The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London and Glascow, Collins, 1959

  32. [].Robinson Crusoe. The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. London and Glascow, Collins, nd

  33. []. Robinson Crusoe and the Further Adventures. London, Collins, 1961

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