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William McPhun

William R McPhun (1793?-1877) was a publisher and bookseller.

After spending some years with the London publishing house of Longman, Hurst, Orme, Rees & Brown, McPhun returned to Glasgow to open a bookshop in Trongate. In 1842 he moved to larger premises in Argyle Street. He was best known for his edition of the Workman's Family Bible, the first cheap Bible available to all classes. Despite opposition from other publishers and from some sections of the clergy, which included legal action, McPhun was able to price his Bible at just £1 and it proved extremely popular.

Other books published by McPhun included legal texts, guidebooks, directories and maps.

Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 920.04 BAI

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

Keywords:
booksellers, Longman, Hurst, Orme, Rees & Brown, publishers, Workman's Family Bible



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