PUBLISHER: Donohue & Henneberry (Donohue, Henneberry & Co.), Chicago, 1871-1899
ABOUT:: Founded by two bookbinders, Michael A. Donohue (of Cox & Donohue) and William P. Henneberry. At 407-425 Dearborn 1871; first publishing 1879; in 1890 launched series of inexpensive editions of popular novelists, concentrated on libraries (i.e., sets and series). Some plates sold to Lovell in 1890. Did much job printing for competitors in cheap book trade. Donohue bought out Henneberry in 1903. (DLB 49). ... the imprint of this firm is quite common in any group of cheap twelvemos published in the latter part of the 1880s. Donohue & Henneberry maintained a printing and binding establishment, and manufactured books for other publishers as well as for themselves. (Shove). "There was an explosion of natural gas on the 4th inst. wrecked the lower part of the printing establishment of Donohue & Henneberry on Dearborn Street." (Publishers' Weekly 1093 (January 7, 1893). p14.).
The information above is partially contradicted by entries in Chicago directories. The 1872 Edward's Business Directory has the firm at 30 North Canal (relocated perhaps because of the Fire?) and notes both Donohue & Henneberry, bookbinders, and Donohue, Wilson & Henneberry, bookbinders, at that address. In 1873 the entry is Donohue, Wilson & Henneberry (M.A. Donohue, W. Wilson, and W.P. Henneberry), bookbinders and blank book manufacturers, 105, 107 and 109 Madison. The 1881 Lakeside directory puts Donohue & Henneberry at 182 Monroe and the 1890-1891 editions at 407-425 Dearborn. In 1892, the address is 415 and 407-425 Dearborn; in 1894, 3rd floor, 415 Dearborn and 407-429 Dearborn; 1896-1898, 3rd floor, 415 Dearborn; and 1899, printers and binders, 407-429 Dearborn. There are no entries for the firm in 1900 or later.
LUCILE’s ISSUED BY Donohue & Henneberry (Donohue, Henneberry & Co.):: Donohue & Henneberry produced Luciles in two formats ("handy volume" and "library-size"), each routinely offered in several bindings. As the firm's 1895 PTLA catalog makes clear, many of the binding styles were also offered, packaged with a second title, in two-volume sets. Known editions are arranged on this page first by format (12mo, then 16mo), then chronologically (as can best be determined).
Library-Size Editions (12mos)
Caxton Edition, .
Winged Woman motif.
Advance Edition: 1895 PTLA: The Advance Edition. Attractively bound in binders' best silk-finished cloth, stamped from new and original designs in Ink and Genuine Gold. 151 Popular and Standard Books by the World's Favorite Authors. In Material, Quality, as well as in Selection of Titles, this line is superior to any other 35c. cloth edition ever issued. [Cut of binding; Lucile is #83 in the series].
The Advance Series of Two-Volume Sets. 1895 PTLA: A complete line of popular two-volume sets. Printed on superior paper, and bound with double head-band, in best grade of silk- finished Binders' cloth, stamped in ink and gold--packed in a neat box. Price, 75 cents per set. [Cut of bindings; Lucile is #35, packaged with Bulwer Lytton's The Last Days of Pompeii].
Alpine Edition: 1895 PTLA: Substantially bound in highest grade silk finished cloth, stamped in gold. Gilt Top. 100 Select and Standard Books by the World's Greatest Authors. In manufacture, as well as in literary merit, this line is superior to any other 50c. Cloth Edition ever issued. [Cut of binding; Lucile is #51 in the series].
The Alpine Series...Two Volume Sets. 1895 PTLA: Gilt top... Printed from New, Large, Clear Type, on a Superior Quality of Paper, and substantially bound in a Silk-Finished Binders' Cloth, stamped in Genuine Gold; double head bands, and hand-burnished Gilt Top, library size. Packed in a Neat Box. Price, per set, $1.00. [Cut of bindings; Lucile is #35, packaged with W. Heimburg's Misjudged].
Ideal Library. 1895 PTLA: The Ideal Library. 25c. Representative works of Authors of established merit only will be included in "The Ideal Library." --All the numbers are printed from new, large, clear type on a good quality of paper and are bound in attactive paper covers in such a way that they open easily and flexibly, thus making their perusal a pleasure and a comfort. [Cut of binding; Lucile is #147 in the series]. The one known copy, the copyright copy, NL 0594648 Library of Congress 1895; missing 5/9/85; 369p, 18cm, , on cover: The Ideal Library, No. 147, 21 Jan 1895].
Handy Volume Editions (16mos)
Handy Volume Classics: 1894 PTLA: D. H. & Co.'s Editions of Handy Volume Classics. [Lucile is #41 in the series]. The Handsomest Lines Published. A choice selection of standard and popular works in Poetry and Prose, taken from the most noted works in English literature. Each line is carefully printed on a superior quality of paper from absolutely new plates, made from large clear type. Each book is complete and unabridged. The line embraces 77 Titles, each published in four distinct styles of binding [each illustrated with a cut] as follows:
Style No. 1. --Is bound in the best Binder's Cloth, assorted colors, stamped on side and back in silver from unique design. -- each book in a printed wrapper. -- Price per volume 50 cents.
Style No. 2. --Is bound in English Silk Vellum Cloth, assorted colors, stamped with genuine gold rim on side and back, full gilt top. Each book contains a silk ribbon marker and a double head-band. Price per volume, 75 cents.
Style No. 3. --Is bound in genuine half crushed seal and turkey red morocco with full gilt top, double silk head-bands, ribbon marker and rich ornamental linings.--Each book packed in a neat box. Price per volume, $1.50.
Style No. 4. --Is bound in full Watered Turkey Levant, padded-- Gold stamping with full gilt top, double silk head-bands, ribbon marker and rich ornamental linings, round corners. Each book is packed in a neat box. Price per volume, $2.00.
Donohue, Henneberry & Co.'s Handy Volume Classics. 1895 PTLA: In convienence of size, attractiveness of make-up and in literary excellance this line is without a peer. It embraces 100 select and standard books by the world's greatest authors. Printed from a uniformly large clear type, on a superior quality of paper, bound in full cloth, stamped in silver from attractive and unique designs. This series the greatest variety of titles published, and embraces only works of standard merit in poetry and prose. Each book has a printed wrapper and the list of titles is unsurpassed. Price, per volume, 40 cts. [Lucile is #56. Cut of binding; two "specimen pages" also illustrated].
Handy Volume Classics in Sets. 1895 PTLA: Bound in Full Cloth. Consisting of 50 sets of the most Popular and Standard Works, in poetry and prose, of the World's best Authors. Printed on a superior quality of paper from new clear type. Bound in genuine cloth and stamped silver with an attractive and unique die. Each set packed in a neat box. Price, per set, 80 cents. [Cut of binding; Lucile is packaged with Longfellow's Evangeline].
Full Morocco Leather. 1895 PTLA: Full Morocco Leather Series. The "Full Leather Series" contains 36 of the most representative and Standard "Classics" in poetry and prose. Each book is bound in One Piece of Genuine Morocco Leather, thus obviating the necessity of joining or patching. They are printed from new plates, on the highest quality of glazed paper. They are embossed from unique and tasty "dies," and the title and ornamental tracery is stamped on the back in gold. Rich and ornate linings and head-bands are used, and each book contains a silk-ribbon marker and Photo-gravure frontispiece and title page. This series is altogether the most durable and substantial fancy edition of "Classics" ever published. Each book in a neat box. Price... $1.00. [Cut of binding].
Full Morocco Leather. Two-Volume Classic Sets. 1895 PTLA: The "Full Leather Two-Volume Classics Sets" embrace the most popular classics in prose and poetry. They are printed on Superior Glazed Paper from New and Perfect Places. Each book is bound in One Piece of Genuine Morocco Leather, thus obviating the necessity of joining or patching. They are embossed from unique and tasty "dies," and the title and ornamental tracery is stamped on the back in genuine gold. Rich and ornate linings and head- bands are used, and each book contains a silk-ribbon marker and photo-gravure frontispiece and title page. Each Set is packed in a Neat Box. Price per set, $2.00. [Cut of bindings; Lucile is packaged with Longfellow's Poems].
Gem Edition: 1895 PTLA: The Gem Edition of Popular and Fast Selling Books By Favorite Authors. Bound in Genuine Cloth. Size of Book, 6 1/2 x 4 inches. Convenient and Handy to read. They are charmingly bound in Cloth with special designs and name of title stamped on the side and back. All are printed from large, clear type. The latest and best works of Fiction, as well as many of the Standard Romances of the old school of authors, are included in the "Gem Edition." They will fit in the pocket, and are comfortable and pleasing to hold while reading. Price, 25c. [Cut of binding; Lucile is #25].
Watered Silk Series. 1895 PTLA: The "Watered Silk Series" embraces 36 of the most popular and desirable "classics" in prose and poetry. They are printed on Superior Finished, Glazed Paper from New and Perfect Plates. They are bound in Genuine Moired Silk of the Highest Grade, tastetfully stamped in gold. Each Book contains a Photo-Gravure Frontispiece and Title Page; they are embellished with double-silk head-bands, a silk-ribbon marker and rich ornamenal linings. They are faultless and perfect in every detail. Each packed in a neat box. Price, $1.50. [Cut of binding].
Watered Silk Two-Volume Sets. 1895 PTLA: The most popular and desirable "classics" in prose and poetry. They are printed on superior finished, glazed paper from new and perfect plates. They are bound in Genuine Moired Silk of the Highest Grade, tastetfully stamped in gold. Each one contains a photo-gravure frontispiece and title page, and they are embellished with double-silk head-bands, a silk-ribbon marker and rich ornamenal linings. They are faultless and perfect in every detail. Each Set is Packed in a Neat Box. Price per set, $3.00. [Cut of binding; Lucile is packaged with Longfellow's Poems].
16mo Editions not Described in PTLA
Known copies for which details are not known: NL 0594624 Harvard, 379p, 15cm, [189-?]; NL 0594598 NYPL 188-, 369p., 12mo, [188-?] has been rebound.
Last revised: 25 April 2016