Lucile's Publishers, 1860-1938
About 100 American publishers, listed alphabetically below, issued one or more editions of Owen Meredith's Lucile between 1860 and 1938. It's first publisher, Ticknor & Fields, through several reorganizations and mergers, established the longest thread of continuous publication of several related editions; see below for files on this thread.
In stark contrast to Lucile's American experience, there were only a few English editions: Chapman & Hall, 1860, 1861 (Second Edition), 1867 (Third Edition), the first illustrated edition 1868, and 1876 (a "Collected Edition" of five volumes in which Lucile is volume III); Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Company, 1882, 1884, 1891, and 1892 (all with text blocks printed in the U.S.); and Longmans, Green, 1893 and 1906. An  Walter Scott edition of Meredith's Works contains only "Song from Lucile, The Bird of Paradise."***
Many, but not all, of the publishers listed here submitted catalogs to Publishers' Trade List Annual (PTLA). Those catalogs listed and described the books they offered for sale, and from the late 1880s, with increasingly frequency, they pictured a representative binding for each of their series (often termed "libraries" or "editions"). When Lucile was one of the titles offered in a series, these descriptions have been transcribed and the images scanned to form the backbone of the files linked from this page. Information about imaged copies is available when you "pop" the image (by clicking on it). Known information about the history of the firm is summarized at the head of each file; many of the firms were short-lived and are now obscure.
Since publisher's series included not only Lucile but other titles (sometimes many dozens of them), it is not only possible to date many Luciles not dated on their title pages but to date other titles in the same series. The PTLA illustrations suggest the main features of the series binding with remarkable accuracy. Comparing a title published by Altemus, say, or Caldwell, Crowell, or Hurst, held in hand, with the images presented here rarely leaves much doubt about the series to which it belongs (and hence when it was first offered for sale). If a series was not pictured or described in PTLA, it may now be impossible to establish precisely when it was published (and remember that this project has transcribed information only for series including Lucile: this is a relatively small sub-set of all the publishers' series described in PTLA).
The Span of years in the following list indicates those the publisher was in business (as is best known), not years during which the firm may have or actually did produce editions of Lucile.
* = No example of Lucile from this publisher has yet been located, but there is evidence one or more editions were produced or distributed.
Adams, Victor & Co. (New York), 1877
J.B. Alden (New York), 1879-1908
William L. Allison (New York), 1869-1892
American News Company (New York), 1864-1969
American Publishers Corporation (New York), 1896-1897
Arundel Printing & Publishing Co. (New York), c1880s
Bay View Publishing Company (New York)
Belford, Clarke & Company (Chicago), 1875-1892
Blue Ribbon Books (New York) -- see A.L. Burt
Charles E. Brown & Co. (Boston), 1890?
A.L. Burt (New York), 1883-1902; A.L. Burt Company, 1902-1937
Butler Bros., Inc. (New York & Chicago), 1877-1929+
H.M. Caldwell (New York), 1896-1914
Samuel E. Cassino (Boston), 1890s?
Chapman & Hall (London)
Chatterton-Peck Company (New York), 1890s?
Clarke, Given & Hooper (New York), ?
Henry T. Coates (Philadelphia), 1895-1904
W.B. Conkey (Chicago), 1877-1949
DeWolfe, Fiske & Company (Boston), 1880-1905
Dodge Publishing (New York and San Francisco), 1899-1949
Donohue Brothers (Chicago), 1900
Donohue Henneberry & Co. (Chicago), 1871-1899
M.A. Donohue & Company (Chicago), 1901-1960s
Doubleday & McClure (New York), 1897-1899
Estes & Lauriat (Boston), 1872-1898
*Dana Estes & Company (Boston), 1898-1914
Excelsior Publishing House (New York), 1884-1913?
Federal Book Company (New York), 1902-1904
R.F. Fenno & Company (New York), 1885-1929
Fields, Osgood & Company (Boston), 1868-1870
Grosset & Dunlap (New York), 1898-present
H.W. Hagemann Publishing Co. (New York), 1890s?
The Henneberry Company (Chicago), 1901-1919
George M. Hill (Chicago), 1898-1901
Home Book Company (New York), 1892-?
Homewood Publishing Company (Chicago), 1911?-1914; continued as The Homewood Press, 1915-1923+
Hooper, Clarke & Company (New York), c1890?
Houghton, Mifflin & Company (Boston), 1880-1908; Houghton Mifflin Company, 1908-present
Houghton, Osgood & Company (Boston), 1878-1880
Hovendon Company (New York), 1890? -- see International Book Company
International Book Company (New York), 1890? 1891
*P.J. Kenedy & Company (New York), 1866-1911?
Joseph Knight Company (Boston), 1892?-?
Knight & Brown (New York), c1898
E.A. Lawson Company (New York), 1896-1899?
J.P. Lippincott Co. (Philadelphia), 1884-1978
Longmans, Green (London & NY), 1887-1961
D. Lothrop & Company (Boston), 1868-1895
*A. Lovell Company (New York), 1891-?
Lovell Brothers & Company (New York), 1890s?
Frank F. Lovell (New York), 1879?-1890?
John Wurtele Lovell Company (New York), 1878-1881; John W. Lovell Company (New York), 1882-1891
Lovell, Coryell & Company (New York), 1892-1897
*Lovell, Gestefeld & Company (New York), 1892-?
F.M. Lupton (New York), 1882-1892; F.M. Lupton Publishing Company (New York), 1892-1902
The Merriam Company, Minneapolis and New York, 1891-1897
Merrill & Baker (New York), 1893-1906?
The Mershon Company (Rahway, NJ), 1893?-1904
Montgomery Ward (Chicago), 1872-present
George Munro (New York), 1864-1908
Norman L. Munro (New York), 1873-1921
National Library Association (Chicago), circa 1900?
New York Publishing Company (New York), c1895?
Nims & Knight (Troy, NY), 1882-1892
H.B. Nims (Troy, NY), 1892?-1897?
James R. Osgood (Boston), 1871-1878
James R. Osgood (Boston), 1880-1885
L.C. Page (Boston), 1896-1957
H. Parmelee Library Company (Des Moines, Iowa), 1882-1898); (Chicago), 1898-1902
*People's Publishing Company (Philadelphia), c1900
Porter & Coates (Philadelphia), 1867-1895
James Pott (New York), 1881-1912
Rand, McNally (Chicago), 1873-present
Rodgers Company (Philadelphia), 1890s?
A.M. Rothschild & Co. (Chicago), 1890s?
George Routledge & Sons (New York), mid-century-1903
Siegel, Cooper Co. (New York & Chicago), 1890s?
Siegle, Hill & Co. (London), 1900?-1920s?
*Parker P. Simmons (New York), 1905? - 1920s?
F.A. Stokes & Brother (New York), 1887-1890
Frederick A. Stokes (New York), 1890-1941
Syndicate Trading Company (New York), 1890s?
Ticknor & Company (New York), 1885-1889
Trade Publishing Co. (New York), 1890s?
Union School Furnishing Co. (Chicago), before 1909?-after 1923
United States Book Company (New York), 1890-1893
Universal Publishing Company (New York), ?
Walter Scott (London), 1890s?
E.A. Weeks (Chicago), 1894?-1899
White, Stokes & Allen (New York), 1883-1887
Wilmore-Andrews (New York), 1895-1889
*Winn & Hammond (Detroit), ?
*John C. Winston & Company (Philadelphia), 1905-?
R.H. Woodward & Company (Baltimore), 1889-1900?
R. Worthington (New York), 1867-1885; Worthington Company, 1885-1893
E. & J.B. Young (New York), 1881-1903
*P.W. Ziegler Company (Philadelphia & Chicago), c1900***
The editions established by Ticknor & Fields (1854-1868) were for the most part continued by Fields, Osgood & Co. (1868-1870); J. R. Osgood & Co. (1871-1878); Houghton, Osgood & Co. (1878-1880); Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1880-1908) and Houghton Mifflin Company (1908 to present).
In 1880, James Osgood formed a second J.R. Osgood & Co. (1880-1885), which became Ticknor & Co. (1885-1889), which merged with Houghton, Mifflin & Co. in 1889. Between 1880 and 1889, Osgood/Ticknor and Houghton, Mifflin & Co. issued competing editions of Lucile.
For a brief list of Ticknor & Fields & Successor's editions of Lucile (most with images of cloth binding styles) and reported copies, go to Summary. For detailed descriptions of Luciles published by these firms, with locations for reported copies, go to each publisher's file. For detailed descriptions of their editions of Meredith's Poetical Works (containing Lucile), go to their Works.
Last revised: 12 October 2011