PUBLISHER : H.M. Caldwell Co., New York and Boston, 1896-1914.

ABOUT :
Tebbel describes as subsidiary of Estes & Lauiat, publishing standard classics "intended as better quality competition for the A.L. Burt's 'Home Library'"; also issued gift books in attractive bindings. Herbert M. Caldwell was a trade book salesman.

April 1896 Publishers' Weekly ad, 9-11 East Sixteenth Street, year-and-a-half later also 208-218 Sumner Street, Boston. "Commonly read literature in bindings that would suit any decor." 1896 PW; 26 Sep, p398: "a new firm, of which the senior member was formerly connected with Henry Altemus"; describes numerous series being prepared. Ad p534 headed "Makers of Books with Illustrations in Library and Presentation Editions". 1897 ad gives address of 9-11 East 16th St., New York, Manufacturing and Shipping Department: 196, 198, 200, and 202 Summer St., Boston.

In 1910, Dana Estes & Co. bought controlling interest and in 1914 Estes sold to Page, selling Caldwell plates and stock to Dodge Publishing.(DLB 49).

LUCILE’s ISSUED BY H.M. Caldwell Co.:
1895-1900 American Catalogue;. '96. 12mo. (Il. lib. of famous books) 75c. 1902 United States Catalog. Lucile. 35c to $5. Lucile and Evangeline, set 35c, $1. Lucile and Scott's Lady of the Lake (Lotus ser.) 2 v. $1 '01. 1912 Lucile. 75c; $1; $1.25; mor. $1.25; $3; ooze cf. $1.50.

 

Page with Descriptions, Series Images, and Scans

Summary of Caldwell Editions
and the Years They Were Offered
(with an index by type of covering material)

Index by Covering Material:

QUARTER CLOTH: Alcazar Classics Calumet Series, 1896-1900; Chateau Series, 1900-1902; Commencement Gift Series, 1908-1909; Exquisite Series, 1896; Holiday Editon of Famous Books by Famous Authors, 1897; Illustrated Library of Famous Book by Famous Authors, 1896; Laureate Series, 1901-1911; Lotus Series, 1901-1902, 1912; Unique Edition, 1896-1899

FULL CLOTH: Alma Mater Series, 1910-1911; Ariston Series, 1907; Ariston-Dilettante Series, 1908-1911; Athenaeum Library, 1897; Autumn Leaf Series, 1898; Berkeley Library, 1898-1899, 1901-1902, 1913; Chef D'Oeuvre Series, 1896-1899; Commonwealth Edition, 1898-1899; De Novo Library, 1896-1899; Empyreal Edition, 1898-1899; Exquisite Series, 1896-1902; Florentine Series, 1898; Illustrated Library of Famous Books by Famous Authors, 1896, 1898-1899; Kalon Series, 1901-1902; Lakeside Series, 1899; Riviera Series, 1899; Salon Series, 1896-1897.

QUARTER LEATHER: Arts and Craft Edition, 1912; De Novo Half Leather, 1898; Exquisite Series, 1896-1902; The Illustrated Library of Famous Books by Famous Authors, 1898-1899; Suberb Series, 1896-1898.

LEATHER: Acorn Series, 1912; Berkeley Series, 1913; Cadeau Series (ooze), 1907-1911; Celandine Series, 1911-1912; Christmas Gift Series, 1907-1909; De Novo Full Leather, 1899; Emeritus Series (velvet calf), 1910-1913; Laureate Series (leather), 1901-1902; Laureate Series (morocco), 1905-1908; Rosemary Series, 1903-1910; Sesame Classics (ooze), 1902-1911;

Summary by Edition or Series Name:

Acorn Series, 1912; Alcazar Classics, 1912 ("Beau Ideal Edition", 1909; "Colonial Edition", 1908; "Cordon Series", 1906; "Eligio Edition", 1907; "Fenway Edition", 1910; "Laurestine Edition", 1911; "Miniature Series", 1905; "Pastel Series", 1903); Alma Mater Series, 1910-1911; Ariston Series, 1907; Ariston-Dilettante Series, 1908-1911; Arts and Craft Edition, 1912; Athenaeum Library, 1897; Autumn Leaf Series, 1898; Berkeley Library, 1898-1899, 1901-1902, 1913; Cadeau Series, 1907-1911; Calumet Series, 1896-1900; Celandine Series, 1911-1912; Chateau Series, 1900-1902; Chef D'Oeuvre Series, 1896-1899; Christmas Gift Series, 1907-1909; Commencement Gift Series, 1908-1909; Commonwealth Edition, 1898-1899; De Novo Library, 1896-1899; De Novo Half Leather, 1898; De Novo Full Leather, 1899; Emeritus Series, 1910-1913; Empyreal Edition, 1898-1899; Exquisite Series, 1896-1902; Florentine Series, 1898; Holiday Editon of Famous Books by Famous Authors, 1897; Illustrated Library of Famous Books by Famous Authors (Lucile is #50); ----. Second issue (Lucile is #22), 1896, 1898-1899; Illustrated Library of Famous Books by Famous Authors (half English calf), 1898-1899; Kalon Series, 1901-1902; Lakeside Series, 1899; Laureate Series, 1901-1911; Laureate Series (morocco), 1905-1908; Lotus Series, 1901-1902, 1912; Riviera Series, 1899; Rosemary Series, 1903-1910; Salon Series, 1896-1897; Sesame Classics, 1902-1911; Suberb Series, 1896-1898; Unique Edition, 1896-1899.

Summary by year of PTLA series/editions:

1896 PTLA: Calumet Series; Chef D'Oeuvre Series; De Novo Library; Exquisite Series; Illustrated Library of Famous Books by Famous Authors; Salon Series; Suberb Series; Unique Edition

1897 PTLA: Athenaeum Library; Calumet Series; Chef D'Oeuvre Series; Exquisite Series; Holiday Editon of Famous Books by Famous Authors; New De Novo Library; New Salon Series; New Unique Edition; Suberb Series

1898 PTLA: Autumn Leaf Series; Berkeley Library; Calumet Series; Chef D'Oeuvre Series; Commonwealth Edition; De Novo Edition; De Novo Half Leather; Empyreal Edition; Exquisite Series; Florentine Series; Illustrated Library of Famous Books by Famous Authors; Illustrated Library of Famous Books by Famous Authors; Suberb Series; Unique Edition

1899 PTLA: Berkeley Library; Calumet Series; Chef D'Oeuvre Series Commonwealth Edition; De Novo Edition; De Novo Full Leather; Empyreal Edition; Exquisite Series; Illustrated Library of Famous Books by Famous Authors; Illustrated Library of Famous Books by Famous Authors (half English calf); Lakeside Series; New Unique Edition; Riviera Series

1900 PTLA: Calumet Series; Chateau Series; Exquisite Series

1901 PTLA: Chateau Series; Exquisite Series; Kalon Series; Lotus Series; Laureate Series; New Berkeley Library

1902 PTLA: Chateau Series; Exquisite Edition; Laureate Series; Lotus Series; New Berkeley Library; Sesame Classics; New Kalon Series

1903 PTLA: New Laureate Series; Rosemary Series; New Sesame Classics

1904 PTLA: Alcazar Classics "Pastel Series"; New Laureate Series; Rosemary Series; New Sesame Classics

1905 PTLA: Alcazar Classics "Miniature Series"; Laureate Series (vellum back, American morocco); Rosemary Series; Sesame Classics

1906 PTLA: Alcazar Classics "Cordon Series"; Laureate Series (vellum back, American morocco); Rosemary Series; Sesame Classics

1907 PTLA: Alcazar Classics "Eligio Edition"; Ariston Series; Cadeau Series; Christmas Gift Series; Laureate Series (vellum backs, American morocco); New Rosemary Series; Sesame Classics

1908 PTLA: Alcazar Classics "Colonial Edition"; Ariston-Dilettante Series; Cadeau Series; Christmas Gift Series; Commencement Gift Series; Laureate Series (vellum back); New Rosemary Series; Sesame Classics

1909 PTLA: Alcazar Classics "Beau Ideal Edition"; Ariston-Dilettante Series; Cadeau Series; Christmas Gift Series; Commencement Gift Series; Laureate Series (vellum back); New Rosemary Series; Sesame Classics

1910 PTLA: Alcazar Classics "Fenway Edition"; Alma Mater Series; Ariston-Dilettante Series; Cadeau Series; Emeritus Series; Laureate Series (silk cloth); New Rosemary Series; Sesame Classics

1911 PTLA: Alcazar Classics "Laurestine Edition"; Alma Mater Series; Ariston-Dilettante Series; Cadeau Series; Celandine Series; Emeritus Series; Laureate Series (silk cloth); Sesame Classics

1912 PTLA: Alcazar Classics; Acorn Series; Celandine Series; Emeritus Series; Lotus Series

1913 PTLA: Arts and Craft Edition; Berkeley Series; Emeritus Series

Last revised: 2 December 2010