PUBLISHER : JAMES R. OSGOOD & CO., Boston, 1880-1885

ABOUT :
When Houghton, Osgood & Company dissolved, Osgood formed second company at 211 Tremont Street in 1880 (DLB 49). Another publisher who unites the literary instinct with business capacity in a remarkable degree is Mr. James R. Osgood.... he was partially lost sight of in the temporary house of Houghton, Osgood & Co., from which he voluntarily retired nearly two years ago again to resume business in his own name. He is now head of one of the most promising houses in Boston. With him is associated his brother Edward and the two Ticknor brothers, sons of Mr. William D. Ticknor; he has the growing heliotype business in hand; few men are more popular with the book trade, while authors have the feeling that he is faithful to their interests. (1881 PW Sept 23). The firm was reorganized in 1885 as Ticknor & Company, under which name it continued to 1890.

LUCILE’s ISSUED BY JAMES R. OSGOOD & CO.:
For imprints dated 1871-1878, see the earlier James R. Osgood & Co.

George DuMaurier Illustrated 8vo Edition.
1881 PTLA: The Osgood catalog lists this edition in cloth at $5.00, morocco, antique, or tree-calf, $9.00, but no copies are known. When Houghton, Osgood & Co. dissolved, Osgood agreed to assign rights to the various formats of Lucile and Meredith's Poetical Works to Houghton, Mifflin & Co., so this may be an error in the catalog or it may be that Osgood retained a right to sell already printed copies (which probably bore a Houghton, Osgood imprint).

Holiday Edition.
For 1881-1882 reviews of this edition in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly and Harper's, click here. Sheets of this edition were sold to Kegan Paul, Trench & Company for sale in England.

1881 PW. James R. Osgood & Company’s 1881 Autumn List  --Will be published September 9th. THE HOLIDAY BOOK OF THE YEAR. LUCILE, ILLUSTRATED. An entirely new edition of Owen Meredith's (Lord Lytton) famous poem from new plates with one hundred and sixty new illustrations by the most famous American artists. Elegantly and appropriately bound with full gilt edges in box. Price in cloth $6 in tree calf or antique morocco $10. –The Publishers Weekly Nos. 504-505, Sept 17, 1881.

Sept 24, p406: Mr. Houghton is par excellence the American printer, and the University Press has only just reached, under its new management, the quality of work which has long been done at Riverside, in the illustrated edition of Owen Meredith's "Lucile".

----, p409, ad: 1881 Autumn List, Now Ready, The Holiday book of the Year. LUCILE ILLUSTRATED. An entirely new edition of Owen Meredith's (Lord Lytton) famous poem, from new plates, with one hundred and sixty new illustrations by the most famous American Artists. Elegantly and appropriately bound, with gilt edges, in box. Price, in cloth, $6; in tree calf or antique morocco, $10.

----, PW 12 Nov, Weekly Record: 1882 [i.e., 1881] 332p. il. O. cl. $6; tree cf. or mor., $10. Illustrated holiday edition of the well-known poem, printed from new plates,and having 12 full page pictures and about 150 in the text; the drawings are by Mary Hallock Foote, E.H. Garrett, E.P. Hayden, L.S. Ipsen, F.F. Lummis, T. Moran, W.L. Sheppard, James D. Smillie, A.R. Waud and others; the engraving by Anthony, Andrew & Son, Chandler, Closson, and other well-known engravers, handsomely printed on tinted paper, and handsomely bound.

----, PW Christmas Number: The Illustrated "Lucile." Owen Meredith's "Lucile" has for more than twenty years held the affections of readers. It possesses every quality to recommend it. It is romantic, dramatic, poetical, cynical and witty, and exceedingly pure in tone. It narrates in a rhyme full of melody, a passionate love story, in which Lord Alfred Vargrave, the Duc de Luvois, and Lucile, the Comtesse de Nevers, are the chief actors. And it offers a succession of gay and sarcastic pictures of fashionable life that still retain their freshness and piquancy. It is not strange that the Messrs. James R. Osgood & Co. should have selected it as a fine subject for illustration; it is only remarkable no one thought of doing so long ago. Its many and varied moods, its pen sketches of people and scenery, its digressions, grave, gay, and serene, offer innumerable opportunities, for the play of the artist's imagination, and for the realization of his finest ideas. The publishers have spared neither expense nor trouble in the artistic or mechanical details -- hence the result is one of the handsomest works of the year. It is both dainty and elegant, and embellished with many beautiful illustrations. These are from the designs of the best American artists of the day -- Mary Hallock Foote, E.H. Garrett, E.P. Hayden, L.S. Ipsen, T.E. Lumis, Thomas Moran, J.E. Palmer, F.B. Schell, W.I. Sheppard, W.P. Snyder, A.R.Waud, James D. Smillie, and others -- engraved in the very finest style by Anthony Andrew & Son, Dana Closson, Russell & Richardson. Scarcely a line in the text that offers any excuse for an illustration but has been taken advantage of -- "fresh strawberries," "violets," a "scene at Bigorre," "Matilda's bracelet, Lucile's "letters -- a portrait-- a ring," the cigar Lord Alfred Vargrave offers to the Duke, a portrait of Leonardo and Aristotle -- all appear between the letterpress, in quite a novel and attractive style. Artistic head and tail pieces, carefully elaborated and sharply worked out, decorate the beginning and ending of the various parts of the poem. Specimens of two of the best are given upon this page, others will be found in various parts of the number. The full-page pictures, of which there are twelve similar to the facing page, are the most ambitious efforts, and the perhaps the most successful in the book. They embrace portraits of all the various characters as they crystallized in the artist's imagination. Mrs. Mary Hallock Foote, we believe, is the artist of the page we have selected as one of the most characteristic, and which appears in the book as a frontispiece. It represents Lucile alone in the forest separated from the Duke's riding party.

---- PW Christmas Number, p632: Lucile Illustrated. A sumptuous edition of the famous poem by Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton), printed from new plates, and containing 160 new illustrations by Anthony, Linton, Closson, etc., after drawings by Mary Hallock Foote, Granville Perkins, J.D. Smillie, E.H. Garrett, Thomas Moran, W.L. Sheppard and other well-known American artists. The utmost care has been taken to insure for the engravings the traits of precision and accuracy, as well as of grace and delicacy. The magnificent scenery of the Pyrenees, the beauty of the Rhineland, the desolate Crimean hills, have been reproduced in these pictures, from sketches and photographs made at the localities celebrated in the poem. In like manner, the costumes and uniforms of the personages have been made historically accurate. Fourteen artists and twenty engravers have been engaged in this great work, under the supervision of Mr. A.V.S. Anthony, whose management of works of this character for many years past has met with such a high measure of success. "Lucile" is the only book prepared under Mr. Anthony's direction this year. One vol., 8vo, full gilt edges, in box, $6; in full morocco or tree calf, $10.

"Admirably designed." -- Boston Traveller. "Extremely handsome." -- Springfield Republican. "A very handsome book." -- Christian Union. "Exquisitely done." -- Chicago Inter-Ocean. "Perennial freshness and beauty." -- Boston Journal. "Artistic poetry and skill." -- Hartford Courant. "Sumptuous." -- New York World. "Elegance and beauty." -- Philadelphia Times. "Exquisite taste." -- Boston Advertiser. "The charming edition." -- Providence Journal. "Without peer." -- New Orleans Picayune. "Superb." -- Quebec Chronicle.

---- PW Christmas Number, p673: James R. Osgood & Co's. leading holiday book is a new illustrated edition of "Lucile," fully described elsewhere, printed from new plates, and embellished with 160 illustrations drawn expressly for this edition. The illustrations are varied in character and style, but harmonize in lending fresh and enduring attractions to Owen Meredith's exceedingly popular story- poem. The binding is tasteful and the book must be very acceptable as a gift-book.

See also advertisement on front flyleaf of Rosemary and Rue, another Osgood publication.

1881 PTLA announces "The Holiday Book of the Year," in box, cloth $6.00; tree-calf or morocco, $10.00; 1882 PTLA offers Holiday edition in box, cloth $6.00; inlaid wood binding $7.50; tree-calf or antique morocco $10.00. Presumably all early copies were ready for Christmas 1881 but carry an imprint date of 1882. All copies approximately 165x230mm with 332p.; a frontispiece (drawn by Foote) of Lucile sitting on a shelf of rock in mountains; the verso of the title page: Copyright 1881 By James R. Osgood and Company and a cartouche at bottom: John Wilson & Son, University Press; cloth and wood veneer copies are stamped black and gold; edges are beveled, all edges gilt; floral endsheets printed in grays.

1883 PTLA offers Holiday edition in box, cloth $6.00; tree-calf or antique morocco $10.00.
1883 PW Christmas Number: LUCILE Illustrated........... beautifully bound, with full gilt edges, in box. Price, $6; in morocco antique or tree calf, $10; mosaic inlaid, $12.50; crushed levant, extra, $25. Tremont Edition.... [prices as above]; mosaic inlaid, $7.50. Pocket Edition... [prices as above]; mosaic inlaid, $4.50. [1876-84 American Catalog. ill. 8o. '82['81]. $6 tree cf. or mor., $10. ill. 8o.]

1884 PTLA offers in box, cloth $6.00; tree-calf or antique morocco $10.00; calf or morocco, inlaid mosaic $12.50; crushed levant, silk linings $25.00.
1884 PW Christmas Number: Lucile Illustrated... A very sumptuous edition of a popular and favorite poem, with beautiful pictures of scenes in the Pyrenees, the Crimea, Italy and Germany, and exquisite portraits of the fair and fated heroine. / "Lucile" is the most popular poem of the age, and this edition de luxe, made with rare precision and delicacy is a treasury of art and literature, and one of the most desirable of holiday gifts. [Tremont and Pocket editions offered at 1883 prices, no mention of mosaic inlaid].

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Reported copies dated 1882: Green cloth: BAP O4b: inscribed Christmas 1887; BAP: inscribed January 1st, 1883; Brown; Cleveland Public NL 0594608; Free Library of Philadelphia. Cloth not known: Duke (2 copies); University of Dayton. Full brown leather (calf or sheep) blind stamped (same plate on both boards), title gold. Marbled endsheets. BAP O4.5: copy1; copy 2 inscribed Christmas 1881, photographic postcard laid in. Binding unknown: Brooklyn College. Rebound: Ohio State NL 0594608; University of Colorado. Microfilmed, original discarded: Columbia. NL 0594608 copies no longer held: New York State Library; University of Michigan; Florida State; Library of Congress (copyright copy dated 9/12/81); rebound; Boston Public; Harvard

Reported copies dated 1883: Pale blue-green cloth: Brown University. Olive cloth. BAP O5. Full brown leather (calf or sheep) blind stamped with a 5mm wide Greek key motif (same plate on both boards), title gold. Marbled endsheets. BAP O4.6: titlepage inscribed April 19, 1883.

Tremont Edition.
The Literary World, September 8, 1883, p293: "J. R. Osgood & Co. have in preparation for the coming autumn two new editions of Lucile, the "Tremont" Edition and the "Pocket," at $2.50 and $1.00 respectively, each illustrated."
1883 PTLA offers Tremont edition at $2.50; $4.00; and $6.00. "...made from entirely new electrotype plates."
1883 PW Sept 22, p382: List of New Books.... Just Published: two new and choice editions of LUCILE. Tremont edition. One volume, 16mo, beautifully illustrated, with red lines, bevelled boards, and gilt edges, $2.50; Half calf, $4.00; tree calf, antique morocco or flexible calf or seal, $6.00. Pocket Edition. One volume -- Little Classic size -- with 30 illustrations. Elegantly bound, $1.00; Half calf, $2.25; Antique morocco or flexible calf or seal, $3.00; Tree calf, $3.50. These new and beautiful editions of this perennially popular poem are made from entirely new electrotype plates, in large and easily legible type, with more than thirty exquisite illustrations. As these are the newest, handsomest, and cheapest, they cannot fail to become the best-selling editions in the market. [1876-84 American Catalog. (Pocket ed.) ill. 18o. '83 $1; hf.cf. $2.25; ant. or flex., $3; tree cf. $3.50.]
1884 PTLA describes 1883 bindings.

The Tremont Edition, 115x150mm, 309p., has red line pages; verso titlepage: Copyright, 1881 and 1883, By James R. Osgood and Company; text at bottom of page: University press: John Wilson and Son, Cambridge; this text also at bottom page 309. A few illustrations (drawn from and partially redone from the Holiday edition) scattered through text. Cloth stamped black in ornate floral design; gold title panel on spine. Beveled edges. All edges gilt. Plain or pale gray endsheets. [1876-84 American Catalog. (Tremont ed.) ill. 16o. '83. gilt, $2.50; hf.cf. $4; ant., tree cf. or flex., $6.]

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Reported copies dated 1884: rebound: NL 0594612 Florida State; Georgia State; Whitman College; SUNY Buffalo; John Carrol University; Boston Public. Without red lines: Georgia State; Library of Congress (microfilmed). Dated 1885: Terra cotta cloth: Buffalo & Erie County Public Library; University of Southern California.

Pocket Edition.
1883 PW Sept 22, p382: List of New Books.... Just Published: two new and choice editions of LUCILE. Tremont edition. One volume, 16mo, beautifully illustrated, with red lines, bevelled boards, and gilt edges, $2.50; Half calf, $4.00; tree calf, antique morocco or flexible calf or seal, $6.00. Pocket Edition. One volume -- Little Classic size -- with 30 illustrations. Elegantly bound, $1.00; Half calf, $2.25; Antique morocco or flexible calf or seal, $3.00; Tree calf, $3.50. These new and beautiful editions of this perennially popular poem are made from entirely new electrotype plates, in large and easily legible type, with more than thirty exquisite illustrations. As these are the newest, handsomest, and cheapest, they cannot fail to become the best-selling editions in the market. [1876-84 American Catalog. (Pocket ed.) ill. 18o. '83 $1; hf.cf. $2.25; ant. or flex., $3; tree cf. $3.50.]
1883 PTLA: "Little-Classic size", with 30 illustrations. Cloth $1.00; half-calf $2.25; Antique or flexible $3.00; Tree-calf $3.50. Made from "entirely new electrotype plates."

The Pocket Edition, 95x150mm, 309p., is printed from the same plates as the Tremont Edition, on a smaller page size and without red lines. Edges are not gilded and endpapers are plain paper.

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Reported copies dated 1884: Brown cloth: University of Virginia NL 0594612; University of Iowa. Cloth not verified: Stanford. Full brown leather blind stamped; title in gold on spine; aeg; beveled edges. Marbled endsheets. BAP O6.5. Dated 1885: UCLA: rebound.

Last revised: 26 March 2013