Burns & Oates
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
In 1847 his business was put in jeopardy when he converted to Catholicism, but the firm was fortunate to receive the support of John Henry Newman, who chose the firm to publish many of his works. There is a story that Newman's novel Loss and Gain was written specifically to assist Burns.
After a while trading as Burns, James Burns took a partner, renaming the company Burns & Lambert. In 1866 they were joined by a younger man, William Wilfred Oates, making the company Burns, Lambert & Oates and later Burns & Oates. Oates was another Catholic convert, and had previously co-founded the publishing house of Austin & Oates based in Bristol. Burns & Oates passed to his son Wilfred Oates, whose sister Mother Mary Salome became one of the firm’s most successful authors. The company was designated "Publishers to the Holy See" by Pope Leo XIII.
In the United States the company's agent was The Catholic Publications Society of New York.
- The Bellarmine Series
- The Bible for Children
- Cardinal Books
- Catholic Bibliographical Series
- Clarion Books
- Early Christian Series
- Faith and Fact Books: Catholic Truth in the Scientific Age Series
- Golden Library
- Herder History of Dogma Series
- A History of Philosophy
- The History of the Primitive Church
- Leisure Crafts Series
- Nature & Science Series for Children
- The New Library of Catholic Knowledge
- The Orchard Books
- Paternoster Series
- Present Problems Series
- Quaestiones Disputatae
- Scripture Textbooks for Catholic Schools
- Vision Book Series
- Brian Alderson, Some Notes on James Burns as a Publisher of Children's Books, Bulletin John Rylands Library, escholar.manchester.ac.uk, p. 122. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
- Wilfrid Wilberforce, The House of Burns and Oates. London: Burns and Oates, 1908.
- (Michael Trappes-Lomax), Early Chapters in the History of Burns and Oates. London: privately printed, 1949.