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A and C Black

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Headquarters  London, United Kingdom
Founders  Charles Black, Adam Black
Acquisition date  July 2000
Parent organization  Bloomsbury Publishing
A & C Black

Founded  1807, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Imprints  Adlard Coles Nautical, Herbert Press, Christopher Helm

A & C Black is a British book publishing company.



The firm was founded in 1807 by Adam and Charles Black in Edinburgh, and moved to the Soho district of London in 1889. In 1851, the firm bought the copyright of Sir Walter Scott's Waverley novels for £27,000. In 1902 they published P. G. Wodehouse's first book, The Pothunters, and went on to produce many of his early works. The company is best known as the publisher of the annual Who's Who (since 1849) and also, since 2002, the Whitaker's Almanack. Other notable works include Black's Medical Dictionary and the Know The Game series of sports rules and laws reference books [1].

A & C Black purchased both Christopher Helm Publishers and later the Pica Press, publishers of the Helm Identification Guides, from Christopher Helm.

In June 2002, T & A D Poyser and their back-list of around 70 ornithology titles were acquired from Elsevier Science.

A & C Black purchased Methuen Drama from Methuen Publishing in 2006, and acquired Arden Shakespeare from Cengage Learning in 2008.

Status as of 2000

The company is now part of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, who purchased it in 2000, and produces that company's range of reference works.

In 2016, A & C Black Music list has moved to Collins Learning, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Notable Books

  • Black's Guides (travel)
  • Black's Medical Dictionary
  • Whitaker's Almanack
  • Who's Who
  • Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
  • Writers' & Artists' Yearbook
  • Imprints

  • Adlard Coles Nautical
  • Arden Shakespeare
  • Andrew Brodie Publications
  • Featherstone
  • Methuen Drama
  • T & A D Poyser
  • Reeds Almanac
  • John Wisden & Co
  • References

    A & C Black Wikipedia