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Oliphant, Anderson & Ferrier (1880-1910)
The firm originates with William Oliphant (1773–1842) as a bookseller in 1807. He had been apprenticed with William Creech, the publisher of Robert Burns’ poems and began his publishing business in 1818 with juvenile books. He was apparently still selling books as there exists a catalogue of 1823 which offers a variety of religious books for sale. In 1830, Oliphant took his sons into partnership and the firm was renamed ‘W. Oliphant & Sons’.William Oliphant died in 1842 and he was succeeded by his son William (1807–1860) who continued the business successfully till 1858 when ill-health forced him to take on two partners, Robert Anderson and Thomas Robertson, who ran the business under the name of ‘W. Oliphant & Co.’
In 1880, Thomas Robertson retired and John Scott Ferrier took his place. The firm was then named ‘Oliphant, Anderson and Ferrier’ although Robert Anderson was head of the firm and the Oliphants were no longer involved in the day-to-day running of the firm.William Oliphant III (1866–1884) went to Canada and died there, although his son, Walter Oliphant II (1867–1933) remained in Edinburgh as a solicitor of the Supreme Courts in Scotland. During this latter period, the firm had a showroom at 100 Princes Street, and offices and a warehouse (with bookbinding) at 29-37 St. Mary Street, Edinburgh. Its London office was at 21 Paternoster Square.
Robert Anderson (1830–1901) lived all his life in Edinburgh and had an intimate knowledge of the publishing industry in Edinburgh. in 1891, he gave a talk to the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society on 'Reminiscences of Edinburgh Booksellers of My Early Days, Forty-eight Years Ago'.After his death in 1901, the firm began its slow decline and no more works in the "Famous Scots Series" were apparently commissioned. The last of them was published in 1905.
John Scott Ferrier (1844–1910) was born in Brechin and began as a bookseller there. He moved to Elgin where he established a wholesale and retail bookselling business before moving to Edinburgh.[from Wikipedia]

  1. []. The Life And Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe. Edinburgh, Oliphant, Anderson & Ferrier, [1890]

  2. []. The Life And Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe. Edinburgh, Oliphant, Anderson & Ferrier, [1890]

  3. []. The Life And Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe. Edinburgh, Oliphant, Anderson & Ferrier, [1883 advertisement]

  4. []. The Life And Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe. Edinburgh, Oliphant, Anderson & Ferrier

  5. Oliphants Ltd. (1915-1968)
    Following the death of Walter Gowanlock Anderson in 1914, the firm was incorporated as ‘Oliphants Ltd’ on 11 June 1915.[10] The directors were: Walter Oliphant, solicitor, Edinburgh; John Davidson, publisher, London; Angus Ferrier, publisher, Edinburgh; Thomas Craig Muir, journalist, London; and William Walker Grant, journalist, London. Walter Oliphant was the great grandson of William Oliphant (see family tree) and Angus Ferrier was the son of John Scott Ferrier. The company continued to publish books mainly on a religious theme. It was taken over by the London publishers, Marshall, Morgan & Scott Ltd. in 1945 and was liquidated voluntarily and without debts on 27 March 1968.[from Wikipedia]

  6. London & Edinburgh, Oliphants Ltd., 1952

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