Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd

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The publishing firm of W. & R. Chambers, based in Edinburgh, was founded by William (1800–1883) and Robert (1802–1871) Chambers, brothers from Peebles, as a natural extension of their bookselling business. It is most commonly known as Chambers; its formal title has been Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd since it acquired the dictionary list of the publishers Harrap towards the end of the twentieth century.

Chambers is famous for its reference books. The first edition of Chambers's Encyclopaedia: a Dictionary of Universal Knowledge appeared in parts from 1859 to 1868. Its most useful production for the purposes of AWE is the series of monoglot English dictionaries that it has produced since 1867 , and which are still going strong. Harrap's great expertise is in bilingual dictionaries.

Note that the name of the firm is a singular, although it appears plural in form. Therefore the correct use of the apostrophe is Chambers's, as in Chambers's Dictionary.