PUBLISHER : F.A. Stokes & Brother, New York, 1887-1890

ABOUT :
See White, Stokes & Allen for predecessor firm; F.A. Stokes for successor. Frederick A. and Horace Stokes bought out Joel Parker White and Frank Allen; relocated to 182 Fifth Avenue (DLB 49).

LUCILE’s ISSUED BY F.A. Stokes & Brother:
Duodecimo Poets, 1887-1889; blue cloth with paper label and half calf.
Family Poets, 1887-1889; cloth and padded seal.
16mo Series, 1887-1889; seven bindings.
Standard Edition, 1887; cloth.
Vignette Edition, 1889; six bindings.

Descriptions and reported copies:

1887 PTLA catalog name is "Frederick A. Stokes", lacking "& Brother".

1887-1889 PTLA Duodecimo Poets. Initial volumes in a series whose features will be excellent paper and press-work, neat binding, moderate price. / Each volume is printed in attractive, clear type on very fine laid paper, in duodecimo size. / Plain, dark blue, "dull-finish" cloth, with flat back and tasteful label in two colors on hand-made paper. / Gilt top, Price each volume, $1.25; Half calf, gilt top, $2.50.

1887-1889 PTLA "Family" Poets. The distinctive features of Frederick A. Stokes's edition of these volumes are New Illustrations, made by good artists especially for this edition; Beautifully Engraved Borders printed in soft tints on all the pages; Good Paper; Careful Presswork. / Each volume is a large 8vo, cloth, bevelled boards, gilt edges. $2.50; Imitation "seal," padded covers, gilt edges. In a box, $4.00.

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1887 PTLA Poets, Standard Edition. [Frederick A. Stokes's Special List Of Publications Offered by Him upon the Same Basis as His Own. Includes certain publications Wholly Controlled by Him.] These are well printed on good linen paper. Fully illustrated, crown octavo, bevelled boards. Handsome design in gold and colors on side and back. Each $2.00. [Both Lucile and Poetical Works].

1887 PTLA Poets. Frederick A. Stokes's 16mo Series of Poetical Works in Dainty Binding. / Uniform in size and style. Printed in clear type, on fine, laid paper, wide margins. Mostly made up of poets whose works appear in no other good American edition. Very attractive in appearance.... Each one of the above is offered in a variety of bindings, all of which have been given great care / Parchment-paper covers with hand-illuminated design on side; title, and back printed in red ink. Different design for each volume. $1.00. Olive green vellum cloth, gilt top, plain,$1.00; Half calf, extra, gilt top, Reduced price, $2.00; Limp imitation seal, round corners, gilt edges In a box, $2.50; Limp, full pocket-book calf, round corners, red-under-gold edges. In a box. $3.00; Tree calf, gilt edges. In a box, $3.50. Parchment-paper, half calf, limp calf, and tree calf IN BOXES. / Of these volumes The Week says: "The critic finds it impossible to take up this volume without being preprossessed in its favor by the dainty loveliness of its dress. The paper is charming, the margins are liberal, the type neat and clear."

1888 PTLA: 16mo Series of Poetical Works in Dainty Bindings: Each of these 15 volumes is a 16mo, well-printed on very fine, laid paper, with wide margins, from new electrotype plates. / Styles of binding. / Each volume is offered in a great variety of bindings, all of which have been given most careful attention by the publishers. I. New Half-Cloth Binding. With back and half sides of sage-green, vellum-cloth, covered with tracery in gold. Outer half-sides delicate green, buff and gold. Gilt top. A most charming binding. Price, each volume, $1.00. II. Olive-green vellum-cloth, gilt top. Very plain and neat. Each $1.00; III. Parchment-paper covers with hand-illuminated design on side; title, and back printed in red ink. Different design for each volume as follows... Jaqueminot rose... Each vol., in a box. $1.00. / IV. Half calf, extra, gilt top, olive and "cocoa" sides and linings, neat tooling and lettering and good materials and workmanship. Price, each vol., $2.00; V. Limp, wine-colored, imitation seal-skin, round corners, gilt edges. Price, each vol., in a box, $2.50; VI. Limp, wine-colored, pocket-book calf, round corners, red-under-gold edges. In a box. $3.00; VII. Very dark brown tree-calf, gilt edges. Price, each vol., in a box, $3.50.

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1889 PW Sept 21, p352: Vignette Edition: The most saleable "Lucile" ever published.... Vignette editions, illustrated by 100 new illustrations, engraved in half-tone, after original designs. Ten of the illustrations are full-page, and the remainder are of various sizes and odd shapes, and are set in the text in an artistic manner. / 12mo, printed in the best manner, and on the first quality of coated paper. / Special Attention has been given to the styles of binding. / Parchment paper covers, with appropriate design in colors, uncut pages, $150; New half-cloth binding, Back and half-sides in dull-finish, dark brown cloth, outer half-sides in illuminated paper, in brown and gold, $1.50; Half calf, flat back, wide raised bands, gilt top, $3.00; Half crushed levant, best quality, beautifully finished, gilt top, $3.50; Full crushed levant, best quality, gilt edges, in a box, $5.00; Dark brown, tree calf, gilt edges, in a box, $5.00.

1889 PW: Nov 2. A beautiful new edition printed on fine paper and il. With 100 new il., engraved in half-tone after original designs. Ten of the il. Are full-page, and the remainder are set in the text in an artistic manner. c. 420p. D. hf. Cl. Or parchment pap., $1.50; hf cf, $3; hf. Crushed levant $3.50; crushed levant or tree cf., $5.

PW Christmas Bookshelf, p43: Several new and exceedingly pretty volumes of poetry are delightful specimens of book-making. Any one of them is a most desirable gift. The Vignette Edition of Owen Meredith's "Lucile"; (Stokes) is rich in graceful little sketches from the pencil of Frank N. Gregory. The strong human interest in this poetic romance has gathered to it readers by the thousands. The charming form in which it now appears is not the least of its attractions....

The Literary World, a Monthly Review of Current Literature, Nov. 28, 1889, p420, “Holiday Books: Owen Meredith Illustrated. Owen Meredith's Lucile is favorite ground for the artists. Mr. Frank M. Gregory's one hundred illustrations, mostly inserted in the text, will bear comparison, as a whole, with the work of his predecessors. The publishers have done their part, in other respects, to make this “vignette edition” convenient in its form and attractive in binding and typography. It can hardly fail to have a large sale among the author's thousands of admirers (Frederick A. Stokes & Brother. $1.50). [Also notice of new edition of The Earl's Return].

The Nassau Literary Magazine, January 1890, p428: "So many finely illustrated books are appearing at this time that it almost impossible to admire them all as much as they deserve. The present edition of Mr. Meredith's masterpiece is certainly one of the most artistically illustrated books of the season. In many instances the illustrator may not have depicted the heroine in a fashion fully up to the ideal in the minds of many readers, but the figures are graceful and striking, and the faces are pretty and appropriate, so that it is with a feeling of unalloyed pleasure that we once more read this poem, with fresh aid to our imagination in the shape of numerous illustrations."

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Athenaeum of Philadelphia: quarter green cloth stamped with floral pattern but finished in a paper featuring small ovals printed in pale green, gold-brown and cream; University of Colorado: quarter blue cloth; BAP SB3b & University of Alberta: quarter white cloth gold stamped with a floral (cyclameus?) pattern and finished with floral paper.

Last revised: 20 June 2011