PUBLISHER: Kegan Paul, Trench & Company; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Company, London
Kegan Paul, Trench & Co. (owned and managed by Charles Kegan Paul and Alfred Chenevix Trench), 1877-1889. Merged 1889 with Trübner & Co. (owned and managed by Nicholas Trübner 1851-1884, subsequently by heirs and managed by Frederick Düffing) and with Redway & Co. (owned by George Redway abd Alfred Sinnett; managed by Redway 1882-1889) to become Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co. (which in turn merged with George Routledge & Sons in 1911.
LUCILE’s ISSUED BY Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Company:
The Publisher’s Circular and General Record of British and Foreign Literature (London), 44:1061 (December 6, 1881), page 1079, has this review of this edition:
"Although the new illustrated edition of Owen Meredith's ‘Lucile’ is not yet published, it can hardly be left unnoticed by a number of the Publisher’s Circular which is especially devoted to handsome books. We say ‘new illustrated edition’ because some 20 or 25 years ago an edition was published of ‘Lucile,’ with illustrations from designs by Mr. Du Maurier. That which is now about to appear will have 160 illustrations, a great many more than its predecessor. ‘Lucile,’ it may be worth while to recall, is a book, which has exceptional claims on attention. Twenty-five years ago the poems of ‘Owen Meredith’ were the rage, and few persons, comparatively, knew the real name of the author, or even that he had hidden himself under a pseudonym. Now, we know that the author of ‘Lucile’ is a nobleman inheriting a name high in literature, himself but yesterday Viceroy of India. The book itself is a novel of society of the first rank, written in hexameter verse, a metre of which England has not too many examples. ‘Society novels’ are common enough now, but in 1867, the date of ‘Lucile’s’ first production, they were not so abundant. The scene of ‘Lucile’ is laid chiefly in the Pyrenees, which gives occasion for presenting some of the higher aspects of foreign society, and of English society abroad. It may be doubted whether, then or now, there has been a novel of which the sentiments are loftier, more thoroughly those of the ideal gentleman."
1882. Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1 Paternoster Square. 23 cm, 332p. Sheets are J.R. Osgood's 1881 "Holiday" edition with new titlepage. Grey-green boards, bevelled, front cover with black floral/foliate designs and gilt lettering, back cover with blind-stamped Kegan Paul monogram. Note that title stamps are larger version of 1884 and 1891 Tremont editions below; spine stamp of 1882 is used on board of 1884 and 1891. Blue foliate endpapers.
Two custom-bound copies of the 1882 Holiday edition:
1884. 110x160mm, 309p. p309: University Press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge [Massachusetts]. Sheets of the Osgood/Houghton Mifflin Tremont Edition in English bindings.
1887. 110x160mm, 309p. Printer not identified but block identical to Osgood/Houghton Mifflin Tremont Edition.
1891. ----, 110x160mm, 309p. Verso title page: The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass. U.S.A. Printed by H.O. Houghton & Company. Sheets of the Osgood/Houghton Mifflin Tremont Edition in an English binding. Same binding design as 1884 above. Glazed black endsheets. University of Tulsa: 1891 flyleaf signature.
1892. ----, 110x160mm, 309p. Verso titlepage: The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass. U.S.A. Printed by H.O. Houghton & Company. Sheets of the Osgood/Houghton Mifflin Tremont Edition in an English binding.
Last revised: 10 July 2014