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American Book ExchangeAmerican Book Exchange was one of a number of companies founded by the bookseller and publisher John B. Alden. The firm began trading in the 1870s and went into receivership in 1881. See the FOB entry for John B. Alden and 'Dictionary of Literary Biography' 49 (1986), p. 6.2009
Anchor BooksAnchor Books was founded in 1953 as a trade paperback division of Doubleday. See the FOB entry for Doubleday, which indicates that the firm was purchased by Bertelsmann in 1986, and is now a division of Random House. See www.randomhouse.com/doubleday and www.bertelsmann.com.2008
Andrew Brodie PublicationsThe Somerset-based independent publishing firm of Andrew Brodie Publications was acquired by A. & C. Black in 2002-03. See the FOB entry for A. & C. Black.2014
Angus and Robertson BookstoreThe Australian firm of Angus and Robertson was founded in 1886. The firm was principally a bookselling company, but began publishing from 1887. From the 1970s the bookselling and publishing companies became completely separate. The bookselling arm was acquired by Ipec Insurance and then passed through several ownerships before it was sold by W. H. Smith to Pacific Equity Partners in 2004. It is now part of Pacific Equity's A&R Whitcoulls Group. See www.pep.com.au.2009
Anthony Blond LtdAnthony Blond Ltd was founded in 1957. See Anthony Blond's own account in his book 'Jew made in England'. His publishing firm went through many changes and mergers, being known as Blond & Briggs Ltd and also Holt-Blond in the 1970s, and Muller, Blond & White Ltd in the 1980s. Muller, Blond & White Ltd was purchased by Century Hutchinson in 1987, and is now part of Random House UK, which is owned by Bertelsmann. See www.bertelsmann.com and www.randomhouse.co.uk. (There is further information in Anthony Blond's obituary, The Times, 1 March 2008.)2008
Ariel BooksThe firm of Ariel Books was purchased by Farrar, Straus and Young (later Farrar, Straus & Giroux) in 1953. In 1994 Farrar, Straus & Giroux was purchased by the Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck. See www.holtzbrinck.com.2008
Arrow BooksArrow Books was an imprint of Hutchinson and then of Century Hutchinson. It is now part of Random House UK, which is owned by Bertelsmann. See www.bertelsmann.com and www.randomhouse.co.uk.2008
Arthur Barker LtdArthur Barker founded his publishing firm in 1932. In 1959 the firm was sold to Weidenfeld & Nicolson. The "Arthur Barker" imprint ceased to be used from 1991, when Weidenfeld & Nicolson was incorporated into Orion. See the FOB entries for Weidenfeld & Nicolson and Orion Publishing Group.2008
Associated Book Publishers LtdThe publishing agglomerate Associated Book Publishers Ltd at different times included Methuen, Chapman & Hall, Spon, Eyre & Spottiswoode, Sweet & Maxwell, Routledge & Kegan Paul and Croom Helm. ABP was purchased by the Thomson Corporation in 1987. See the FOB entries for the individual component firms of ABP, for information as to which have been retained as part of the Thomson Corporation and which have been subsequently sold. See also www.thomson.com.2007
Astor-Honor, Inc.The publishing firm of McDowell, Obolensky was founded in New York in 1957 by David McDowell and Ivan Obolensky. In 1960 McDowell left the firm, which continued as Ivan Obolensky, Inc. In 1967 the firm was reconstituted as Astor-Honor, Inc., publishing Astor Books and Honor Books. Astor-Honor went out of business in 1968. See 'Dictionary of Literary Biography' 46 (1986), pp. 229-231. 2008

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