|Parent company||Bloomsbury Publishing|
|Founder||Adam Black and Charles Black|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Official website|| www|
A & C Black is a British book publishing company, owned since 2002 by Bloomsbury Publishing. The company is noted for publishing Who's Who since 1849.It also published popular travel guides and novels.
The firm was founded in 1807 by Charles and Adam Black in Edinburgh.In 1851, the company purchased the copyrights to Sir Walter Scott's Waverly novels for £27,000. The company 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.
During the years 1827–1903 the firm published the seventh, eighth and ninth editions of the Encyclopædia Britannica . This was purchased from Archibald Constable after his company's failure to publish the seventh edition of the encyclopedia.Adam Black retired in 1870 due to his disapproval of his sons' extravagant plans for its ninth edition. This edition, however, would sell half a million sets and was released in 24 volumes from 1875 to 1889.
Beginning in 1839, the firm published a series of travel guides known as Black's Guides .
The company was 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.
The firm also published the A. & C. Black Colour Books: Twenty Shilling Series (1901–21),a "range of high-quality colour collectable picture books" which are still collected by bibliophiles.
In 1902 they published P. G. Wodehouse's first book, The Pothunters , and went on to produce many of his early works.
In 1989 A & C Black purchased both Christopher Helm Publishers and later the Pica Press, publishers of the Helm Identification Guides, from Christopher Helm.
In 2000 A & C Black was purchased by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, which continued producing the former's range of reference works.
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.
In 2016, A & C Black Music list moved to Collins Learning, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
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