William Collins (publisher)

William Collins (1789–1853) was a Scottish schoolmaster and publisher, founder of William Collins, Sons.

Collins was born near Glasgow in 1789. He was a millworker who established a company in 1819 for printing and publishing pamphlets, sermons, hymn books and prayer books. He produced the first Collins English Dictionary in 1824, when he also obtained a licence to publish the Bible. In 1856, the first Collins atlas was published.

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