PUBLISHER : L. C. Page & Co., Boston, 1896-1957

ABOUT :
From Joseph Knight Company, 200 Summer Street; in 1910 (burned out) moved to 53 Beacon Street; in 1914 Dana Estes was acquired by Page (DLB 49). Firm established 1840 in Troy, New York, by W. H. Merriam; became Merriam, Moore & Co. about 1850. In 1882 renamed Nims & Knight, about 1892 moved to Boston and incorporated as Joseph Knight Co. (with retail and stationery division continued as H. B. Nims & Co.) becoming L. C. Page & Co. in 1897 (when Knight retired). (Tebbel II, 402).

Who's Who in America 1908-1909: Page, Louis [= Lewis?] Coues, publisher. Born Zurich, Switzerland (while father was U.S. consul there), Jan. 15, 1869... A.B. Harvard 1891; married Mildred Frances Parker. In employ of Estes & Lauriat, pubs., 1891-2, treas., 1892-6, pres. and gen. mgr. Since 1897 L. C. Page & Co. Editor series of World Classics, 1892-3. Republican. Member Pi Eta (Harvard), Boston Athletic Club. Residence: Brookline, Mass. Office: 200 Summer Street, Boston.

L.C. Page & Company, Inc. Founded as a subsidiary of the firm of Estes & Lauriat, which was established in Botons in 1872 by Dana Estes and Charles E. Lauriat. The subsidiary concern was formed in 1892 as the Joseph Knight Company. In 1896 Joseph Knight resigned and Lewis C. Page became president. The following year the firm name was changed to L. C. Page & Company. In 1898 the original Estes & Lauiat partnership was dissolved, being followed by two distinct concerns, Charles E. Lauriat Co., successors to the retail department, and Dana Estes & Co.., successors to the publishing division. In 1914 the Page firm purchased the list and plant of Dana Estes & Co. Lewis C. Page died in May, 1956. (Stern).

LUCILE’s ISSUED BY L. C. Page & Co.:
1902 United States Catalog. Lucile. (Ivorine ser.) $1.

1897 PTLA: Family edition of the Poets. Each in one volume, full, flexible American seal, padded, gilt edges... $4.00 [Cut of Tennyson].

1897 PTLA: Dainty Gift Books. Lucile. By Owen Meredith. 1 vol., 16mo, with photogravure frontispiece, plain cloth, gilt top... $0.75; 1 vol., 16mo, with eight photogravure illustrations, white and gold ornamental binding, gilt top... 1.35; 1 vol., 16mo, half levant morocco, gilt top... 2.50.

1897 PTLA: New Editions of Ivorine Gift Books. / By special arrangement with the manufacturers and owners of the patent fluted edge ivorine covers, of which there were several lines on the market last year, we practically control the entire output for this season of all such fluted edge celluloid or ivorine books. We are consequently able to offer the trade the following list of unexcelled gift books, none of the best titles of which can be put on the market by any other house than ourselves in celluloid, ivorine, or any similar binding with fluted edges. Each book is illustrated; is carefully sewed and gilded, and tied with silk ribbon in a flexible ivorine cover with fluted edges. Each cover is decorated by hand with a striking and beautiful design appropriate to the contents of the book. / Each 1 vol., 16mo, boxed... $1.00. [Cut of Lucile].
1898 PTLA: New Editions of Ivorine Gift Books only, as 1897.
1899 PTLA: New Editions of Ivorine Gift Books as 1897.
1900-1902 PTLA: New Editions of Ivorine Gift Books. Each book is illustrated; is carefully sewed and gilded, and tied with silk ribbon in a flexible ivorine cover with fluted edges. Each cover is decorated by hand with a striking and beautiful design appropriate to the contents of the book. Each, 1 vol., 16mo, boxed... $1.00. [Cut of Lucile].

1899 PTLA: The Little Library. Each, 1 vol., 18mo, flexible cloth, gilt top, silk band, boxed... $0.50; Or, 1 vol., 18mo, flexible leather, gilt top, silk band, boxed, 0.75; Or, 1 vol., 18mo, genuine calf, Persian morocco, or seal, boxed... 1.25. / Messrs. L.C. Page & Company intend to produce a series of small books under the above title, containing some of the famous works in English and other literature, in the domains of fiction, poetry, and belles-lettres. The series will also contain several volumes of selections in prose and verse, and also editions of Virgil, Horace, and Catullus. / The books will be edited with the most sympathetic and scholarly care. Each one, where it seems desirable, will contain an introduction which will give (1) a short biography of the author, (2) a critical estimate of the book, (3) short bibliographical details. Where they are necessary, short notes will be added at the foot of the page.... / Each volume will have a photogravure frontispiece, and the books will be produced with the utmost care as to the style of paper, presswork, and binding.... [Lucile is among the titles offered in the full range of bindings].

1902 PTLA also introduces a new series in development, The Best Writings of Great Authors, edited by Alexander Jessup, one volume each for Balzac, Stevenson, Poe, and Meredith, large 16mos issued in cloth and three-quarters levant morocco. WorldCat, however, reports only two volumes The Best of Balzac and The Best of Stevenson, which suggests the series was not completed.

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[190-?], NL 0594663 University of Illinois: rebound; University of Toronto: frontispiece is view of "Ehrenbreitstein," rebound.

Last revised: 2 August 2012