PUBLISHER : W. B. Conkey Company, Chicago, 1877-1949
143 Monroe, Chicago in 1877; absorbed Illinois Printing and Binding Company 1890; 1897 built plant at 617 Conkey Street, Hammond, Indiana; office at 332 South Michigan; sold to Rand McNally in 1949. (DLB 49). The Newberry Library (Chicago) holds the archival records of the Rand McNally Company, including some historical records of the Conkey Company. Conkey submitted catalogs to PTLA in some years: Lucile is not mentioned in 1894-1895 or 1897-1898.
LUCILE’s ISSUED BY: W. B. Conkey Company 1900-1905 American Catalogue. '04 (N5) por[trait]. D.[size designation=12mo, 20cm] (Ajax padded poets). French seal, $1.50.
1903 PTLA: Acorn Padded Edition: 12mos., 35 volumes. Illustrated. 12mos. Bound in tanned French seal leather embossed with a spray of oak leaves extending across both sides and back of the cover, the design is exceedingly harmonious in treatment, the colors used being the different shades of brown seen on oak leaves in the Autumn, which blend with the colors of the leather. Titles stamped in gold upon the back and the side. Round corners, red-under-gold edges, engraved end sheets, illuminated title pages, and frontispiece portraits of the authors. Price $1.50. The binding is the perfection of beauty and durability and is beautifully soft to the touch. [Cut of Lucile].
Ajax Padded Edition: 12mos., 35 volumes. Illustrated. 12mos. The same as the Acorn Padded Edition, except that the Ajax Edition has been prepared to meet the requirements of those preferring a book without colored ornamentations. / This edition has beautiful gold cornerpiece, side and back titles, making it a very attractive volume. In mechanical excellence it far surpasses any of the present padded editions on the market. Price $1.50. / The binding is the perfection of beauty and durability and is beautifully soft to the touch. / Round corners, red-under-gold edges, engraved end sheets, illuminated title pages, and frontispiece portrait of the authors. [Cut].
1904 PW Sep 24: The Ajax Padded Edition of the Poets. 12mos. Bound in embossed padded leather stamped in gold, red-under-gold edges, round corners, and boxed. The binding is the perfection of beauty and durability and is beautifully soft to the touch. / Printed on excellent paper from New Plates, title pages in illuminated artistic colors. Illustrated frontispieces. Artistic end sheets. 40 volumes. Price (ET) $1.50.
[Also paragraph for "Dainty Books in Padded Leather Bindings" (50 volumes, 75 cents), the "New Cameo Series" (600 volumes, 35 cents), and "The Abbey Series" (200 volumes, 25 cents)].
[The Publishers' Weekly 1704 (24 Sept 1904): "Dainty Books in Padded Leather Bindings. Handy Volume Size. Illustrated. Boxed. Interesting books in contemporary literature that have reached distinction. Handsome books for gifts or library use. / Beautifully printed and bound in embossed leather with rich gold side ornament and gold title, round corners and red-under-gold edges, and artistic end paper linings. With illuminated title page and frontispiece and other half-tone illustratons. Each book in a box. 50 volumes, Priced (NE) 75 cents.].
New Abbey Series: 12mos., 400 volumes, cloth. 25 cents.
New Ivory Series: Handy Shape, white art vellum. An Ideal Series of Classics. Illustrated. Handy Shape Volumes. These dainty books are beautifully printed from open-faced type, on fine, especially made paper. Bound in white art vellum, ornamented with designs lithographed in fourteen colors, with attractive gilt back stamp, and gilt side ornamentation and titles. Illustrated with half-tone engravings; title pages colors and printed end sheets. In glazed wrappers and boxed. Price 50 Cents.
Amaranth Series: Unabridged Editions in Handy shape. In this list of nearly 100 volumes only such books are included as have attained a permanent standing in the world's literature. Mechanically, they are the best books for the price that can be made; artistically, they are worthy of a place in any library. They are clearly printed on a good quality of book paper and bound in strong cloth, stamped with chaste design in colors. Price 20 Cents.[Cut.]
University Series: Handy Shape Editions. 80 volumes. Illustrated. Unabridged editions of popular favorites, conspicuous for exquisite beauty and artistic makeup. Books that are always in demand. Seasons do not affect them. Every book in the series is an all-the-year-round seller. Printed on fine non-fading paper and bound in silk cloth, beautifully embellished with an extremely effective design in gilt and two colors of ink. The books are illustrated with half-tone illustrations, and carry a title page in colors and printed end sheets. Printed wrappers. Price 35 cents [Cut].
Other Twelvemo Designs
Sixteenmo Leather Formats
Sixteenmo Limp Ooze
Decorative Cloth Sixteenmos
Last revised: 17 April 2016