Osprey to expand British heritage range

The Osprey Group is to acquire Old House Books and Maps on 28th April, expanding its range of British heritage titles.

Osprey previously acquired Shire in 2007 and Angry Robot in 2010. Rebecca Smart, Osprey Group managing director, said: “Old House is my ideal addition to the Osprey family. The addition of Old House will really help to consolidate our position in [the British heritage] sector”.

Shire publisher Nick Wright will now also be publisher of the Old House List, with plans to increase the list and encompass a range of other period items.

Old House was founded in 1991 and specialises in fascimilies of old maps and reprints of long-neglected books. Highlights include Dickens's Dictionary of London 1888 and a Samuel Johnson compendium called Fopdoodle and Salmagundi.  

Founder and publisher Edward Allhusen is set to help with the handover to Osprey, before moving on to new projects. The acquisition was made using existing funds.