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The History of Collins - Over 190 years in the making!

William Collins, 1789 - 1853

In 1819 William Collins set up his first printing press in the ancient Candleriggs of Glasgow. He was a key figure in the city's transition from a relatively small manufacturing and university town into a great commercial metropolis. William Collins, who counted the Duke of Wellington among his associates, died in 1853 having secured the foundations of a business which followed the traditional Scottish pattern of combining printing and publishing as one concern.


A Collins diary from 1881

The earliest known diary in the Collins archive is dated 1799 and was printed for T. Willis of London. The first Collins diaries published for the mass market were dated 1881. There were five titles in the range with sales totalling 17,500 units.


144, Cathedral Street, Glasgow

Operating from Cathedral Street in Glasgow, Wm. Collins & Sons went on to become one of the world's leading publishers. The product offering was expanded to include Bibles, dictionaries, educational publications, fictional and non-fictional books as well as a wide range of office products.


Collins Debden's offices today at Bishopbriggs in Glasgow

In 1989 Wm. Collins & Sons merged with Harper and Row of the US to form Harper Collins publishing. In 1995 the stationery and diary division of Harper Collins, and the long established fountain logo was acquired by Debden to form the company we know today as Collins Debden Ltd.


Today Collins Debden are the UK's largest publishers of desk diaries for the office as well as dominating the analysis book sector with the famous Cathedral brand. While remaining committed to our history and traditions we continue to move with the times, and the rapidly changing demands of our consumers.


Today's products include personal organisers, conference folders and address books. For details of these, and other products within our range please ask for a catalogue.

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