The Commercial Press is the longest-standing modern
publishing house in China. Guided constantly by the principle of
fostering cultural enhancement and intellectual enlightenment, its
impact on the history of cultural and educational publishing in
modern China has been profound and far-reaching.
Commercial Press first set up at Shanghai in 1897
Founded in Shanghai in 1897, The Commercial Press
began as a print shop, producing account books and ledgers for commercial
use, advertisementsíK even church bibles as requested. Later, no
expense was spared to recruit technicians and engineers, organize
study tours abroad and invent new machinery, all of which helped
bring about the emergence of modern printing in China.
In 1902, Zhang Yuanji, an outstanding Chinese scholar
of the time, joined the founders of the press. With the self-appointed
mission of promoting education, he set up an editorial and translation
department, thus launching The Commercial Press's publishing business.
By 1931, over 8,000 titles had been published, including modern
textbooks, new publications introducing Western knowledge, several
Chinese-foreign language bilingual dictionaries, ancient Chinese
texts and various magazines.
The Hong Kong branch of The Commercial Press was
established in 1914, initially as a retail business. Not long after
this, with the construction of a print shop and the setting up of
editorial and distribution departments, the company became a fully
integrated publishing house. Textbooks for Hong Kong made their
debut as early as 1917. During the 1930s, a complete set of textbooks
for Southeast Asian schools was produced. Then in 1957, the company
began to compile textbooks for the 5-year syllabus being taught
at that time in Hong Kong's Chinese Middle Schools. Since then,
as well as continuing to produce various textbooks, the company
has published dictionaries of Chinese and other languages, pictorial
books on history and culture and books on the humanities and social
sciences. In 1988, the Hong Kong branch was formally registered
as The Commercial Press (H.K.) Ltd.
Commercial Press first set up at Hong Kong in 1924
Today, The Commercial Press thrives as three independent
companies located in Hong Kong, Beijing and Taiwan. Because of their
common origin and history, these companies frequently work together
in long-term, close cooperation. In 1993, in order to better facilitate
working hand in hand for the advancement of education and enlightenment
and the promotion of Chinese culture, these three companies jointly
set up Commercial Press International.
The Commercial Press (H.K.) Ltd. is devoted to
promoting cultural and educational enterprises in this new age of
information. Building upon the foundation of both printed and digital
format publishing, it will continue to advance, actively pursuing
new developments and greater diversification.