T. Fisher Unwin

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T. Fisher Unwin
FounderThomas Fisher Unwin
SuccessorErnest Benn Limited
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Publication typesBooks

T. Fisher Unwin was the London publishing house founded by Thomas Fisher Unwin, husband of British Liberal politician Jane Cobden in 1882.[1]

The latterly more famous Stanley Unwin (his nephew) started his career by working in his uncle's firm. In 1914 Stanley Unwin purchased a controlling interest in the firm George Allen and Sons, and established George Allen and Unwin, later to become Allen and Unwin.

Unwin retired to his home in Sussex in 1926, following which his publishing house merged with Ernest Benn Limited.[1]

Book series[edit]

  • The Adelphi Library
  • Autonym Library
  • The Children's Library
  • Independent Novels
  • Library of Irish Literature
  • Library of Literary History
  • Little Novels
  • Mermaid Series[2]
  • Overseas Library
  • Pseudonym Library
  • Reformer's Bookshelf
  • Six Shilling Novels
  • The Story of the Nations Library[3]
  • Unwin’s Cabinet Library[4]
  • Unwin's Colonial Library
  • The Welsh Library

Further reading[edit]

  • Philip Unwin, The Publishing Unwins (London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1972)


  1. ^ a b Codell, Julie F. (2004), "Unwin, Thomas Fisher (1848–1935)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.), Oxford University Press, retrieved 11 January 2008 (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  2. ^ Mermaid Series (Vizetelly & Co.; T. Fisher Unwin; Charles Scribner's Sons; etc.) - Book Series List, publishinghistory.com. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  3. ^ The Story of Nations (T. Fisher Unwin/G. P. Putnam's Sons) - Book Series List, publishinghistory.com. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  4. ^ Cabinet Library, owu.edu. Retrieved 5 January 2019.