William Collins Sons & Co., Ltd.

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
The Wanderings of a Spiritualist (1922)

William Collins Sons & Co., Ltd. (often referred to as Collins) was a Scottish publishing company founded by a Presbyterian schoolmaster, William Collins (1789-1853), in Glasgow in 1819, in partnership with Charles Chalmers (1780-1847), 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.

Collins' Clear Type Press was another company created in 1892 by one of his son : William Collins III (1846-1906).

Between 1917 and 1922, the company published 1 essay and 2 collected-volumes of short stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Conan Doyle published by William Collins


  • ---.1917 : His Last Bow (The Standard Collection of British and American Authors No. 77)