PUBLISHER : Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 1898--

ABOUT :
Alexander Grosset met George T. Dunlap when both worked for American Publishers Corporation. When that firm went bankrupt in 1898, they formed a partnership, took over stock and set up at 11 East Sixteenth. Grosset managed business, Dunlap was traveling salesman (working briefly for Rand, McNally). Made business from putting paperback copies in hardcovers for sale at $.50. Strong competition in first decade from reprinters A. L. Burt and American News Company. 1910 to 518 West Twenty-sixth, in 1916 retail offices to 1140 Broadway. (DLB 49). See also Tebbel II: 365. There is also a profile of this firm on the Major Publishers pages maintained by the Hyde Park Book Store

LUCILE’s ISSUED BY Grosset & Dunlap:
1912 United State Catalog. Lucile. Grosset. 50c. NL 0594661 Harvard, 19-?, Gross[et?] & Dunlap

1905 PTLA: Meredith, Owen. Lucile. The tale will enchant those who take it up. It is full of charm, novelty and vigor ... and grows better and better to the very end.

1906 PTLA. Among "The Good Value Books": A new idea in book publishing. Standard 12mos, with individual covers, printed on fine book paper, from new plates, and bound in silk finished cloth. The handsomest and best books ever offered at the price. Price, 50 Cents Per Volume, Postpaid. [Cut of four typical bindings, not including Lucile] / Lucile is described "A masterly descriptive poem of social life in the last century."

1907 PTLA. Among "The Good Value Books": A series of standard 12mos of a distinctive character, comprising fifty titles of the worlds best book, printed on fine book paper, from new, large type plates, and handsomely bound in cloth with striking ornamental cover designs. These books surpass in quality any series published at a similar price, each title being given the same care and individual attention in its manufacture as is usually given to expensive editions. The result is a line of the handsomest books, entirely different from other popular priced lines, and equal in appearance and quality to other books of double the price. Retail price, 50 cents per volume. [Cut of four bindings as 1906].

1908 PTLA. Among "The Good Value Books": A New Idea in Book Publishing. Standard 12-mos. With Individual Covers, Printed on Fine Book Paper, from NEW PLATES, and Bound in Silk Finished Cloth. The Handsomest and Best Books Ever Offered at the Price. Retail Price 50 Cents per Volume. [Cut or four bindings as 1906].

1909 PTLA. Among "The Good Value Books": A series of 12mos of distinctive character and appearance, comprising seventy-two judiciously selected titles, endorsed by the foremost critics and approved by generations of readers. / These standard works of sterling value and abiding interest are printed on fine book paper, from new large type, and handsomely bound in cloth with strikingly artistic individual cover designs. They are confessedly superior to any series issued at a similar price, and should not be confounded with the host of ordinary "popular price" lines. / These beautifully produced books possess all the features of "leaders," and are unmatched for excellence, variety and selling quality; and equal in appearance and make-up to books at double their price. Price, 50 Cents a Volume, Postpaid. [Cut of four bindings as 1906] / Lucile is described: "The most popular and most famous poem of modern times, with its fascinating romance teaching an ideal heroism and nobility."]

1910-1911 PTLA. Among "The Good Value Books": A series of 12mos of distinctive character and appearance, comprising ninety judiciously selected titles, endorsed by the foremost critics and approved by generations of readers. Printed on fine book paper, from new large type, and handsomely bound in cloth with strikingly artistic individual cover designs. Superior to any series issued at a similar price, and should not be confounded with the host of ordinary "popular price" lines. Price, 50 Cents a Volume, Postpaid. [Cut of four bindings as 1906] / Lucile is described as 1909].

1912 PTLA. "... of almost one hundred...." Otherwise as 1910. [No cut].
1913-1915 PTLA. Grosset & Dunlap's Standard Books, Good Value Edition. As 1912. [Cut, not including Lucile].
1916 PTLA: Lucile is omitted from the Good Value Edition.

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Last revised: 1 October 2010