PUBLISHER : Ticknor & Company, Boston, 1885-1889

ABOUT :
Click to magnify Formed from J.R. Osgood & Company by Benjamin H. & Thomas B. Ticknor. Acquired 1889 by Houghton, Mifflin. (DLB 49). The end [of James R. Osgood & Co.] came abruptly on May 2, 1885 in the form of a challenged promissory note at the National Bank of Commerce... A reorganization was effected involving a new partnership comprising Thomas Ticknor and George F. Godfrey, of Bangor, Maine, who was to bring in new capital of $25,000. The new firm, to be known as Ticknor & Co., offered to pay Osgood's obligations at a third of their face value, and the creditors accepted... Benjamin Bradley, a Boston bookbinder [for whom Thomas Y. Crowell worked in 1856] ...was one of the pioneers in cloth binding, the primary supplier for Ticknor & Fields,... and others... (Tebbel). In 1889, Ticknor & Company merged with Houghton, Mifflin & Co.

Ticknor & Co., so far as is known, produced the following editions of Lucile (mostly continuations of Osgood & Co. editions) but no editions of Meredith's Poetical Works.

LUCILE’s ISSUED BY Ticknor & Company:

[Ticknor Illustrated Octavo Edition = 1881 Osgood Holiday Edition]. PW 1885 Christmas Number, Ticknor and Company, Boston ad: "Entirely new edition of Lord Byron's Childe Harold. With numerous new and beautiful illustrations on wood. The drawings by Harry Fenn, F. Myrick, S.I. Smith, E.W. Garrett, G. Perkins, F.B. Schell, J.D. Woodward and I.S. Ipsen. An elegant octavo volume of nearly 250 pages, beautifully bound, with full gilt edges, in box, Price in cloth, $6.00; in antique morocco or tree calf, $10.00; in crushed levant, with silk linings, $25.00. The best American artists have drawn these illustrations, producing a great number of very choice examples of wood engraving. The general supervision of the work has devolved on Mr. A.V.S. Anthony, who held the same relation to the recent magnificent editions of 'Lucile', 'Lady of the Lake', 'The Princess', and 'Marmion'." [Lucile is then described as:] "Uniform with Childe Harold in size, style and price. Each in one richly illustrated 8vo. volume, in box, at $6 (morocco or tree calf, $10 crushed levant, silk linings, $25.)" [and] "With 160 illustrations. 'The high peaks of the Pyrenees, the golden valleys of the Rhineland, and the battle-swept heights of the Crimea. 'This new edition is simply perfect,-- paper, type, printing, and especially the illustrations.'---American Literary Churchman."

1885 PTLA: Illustrated. With 160 new illustrations. Elegantly bound, with full gilt edges, in box [cloth] $6.00; tree-calf or morocco $10.00; calf or morocco, inlaid mosaic $12.50; crushed levant, silk linings $25.00.

1886 PW Christmas Number: ad for "The Lay of the Last Minstrel" in entirely new illustrated octavo edition supervised by A.V.S. Anthony, LUCILE and four other titles are uniform in style and price. LUCILE "with 160 illustrations. The high Pyrenees, the golden Rhineland, and the battle-swept heights of Crimea." In box. Price, in cloth $6; in full morocco, padded calf or tree calf, $10; in crushed levant with silk linings, $25

1886 PTLA: Illustrated. With 160 new illustrations. Elegantly bound, with full gilt edges, in box [cloth] $6.00; antique morocco, flexible calf, or tree-calf $10.00; Spanish calf $11.00; crushed levant, with silk linings $25.00. These choicest editions of the great modern poets were drawn and engraved under the care of A.V.S. Anthony. Each in one vol., 8vo, elegantly bound, with full gilt edges, in a neat box.

1887-1888 PTLA: Illustrated. With 160 new illustrations. Elegantly bound, with full gilt edges, in box [cloth] $6.00; antique morocco, flexible calf, or tree-calf $10.00; Spanish calf $11.00; crushed levant, with silk linings $25.00. These choicest editions of the great modern poets were drawn and engraved under the care of A.V.S. Anthony. Each in one vol., 8vo, elegantly bound, with full gilt edges, in a neat box.

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Tremont Edition. PW 1885 Christmas Number: Lucile is also listed among the: Tremont Editions, each in 1 vol., 16mo, illustrated. With red lines and gilt edges. In box, $2.50; half calf, $4; tree calf, antique morocco, flexible calf or seal, $6. [and] Pocket Editions, Each in 1 vol., Little-Classic size. With thirty illustrations. Elegantly bound, $1; half calf, $2.25; antique morocco, flexible calf, or seal, $3; tree calf, $3.50.

1885 PTLA: 1 vol. 16mo. Beautifully illustrated. With red lines and gilt edges, $2.50; half calf $4.00; antique calf, tree-calf, flexible calf or seal $6.00.

1886-1888 PTLA: 1 vol. 16mo. Beautifully illustrated. With red lines, beveled boards, and gilt edges in box, $2.50; half calf $4.00; antique calf, tree-calf, flexible calf or flexible seal $5.00.

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Octavo Poets, Library Edition. 1884-1890 American Catalogue. Ticknor. New cheaper ed. '87. il. O. (Ser. of octavo poets.) $3.50; tree cf., or flex. cf., $7.50.

1887 PW 24 September: "Ticknor and Company's ... New and Cheaper Editions of Popular, Standard and Illustrated Books... The Ticknor Series of Octavo Poets, Library Edition, ... Six volumes [including Lucile], elegantly and uniformly bound, with all the original illustrations, bevelled boards and full gilt in cloth. Each ... 3.50; In tree calf or flexible calf, extra ... $7.50. These are the most famous and popular editions in existence of great poems. In their original shape, they have had enormous sales, and in their cheaper form, with all their original illustrations, complete and unworn, they will have renewed popularity." [Several other titles advertised as "uniform in style and price".]

PW 15 October 1887, Weekly Record: New cheaper ed. il. O. (Ticknor's ser. of octavo poets.) cl., $3.50; tree cf. or flex. cf., $7.50.

1887 PTLA: New and Cheaper Editons of Popular, Standard and Illustrated Books.... six volumes, elegantly and uniformly bound, with all the illustrations, bevelled boards and full gilt in cloth. Each $3.50; tree calf or flexible calf, extra $7.50. These are the most famous and popular editions in existence of great poems. In their original shape, they have had enormous sales, and in their cheaper form, with all their original illustrations, complete and unworn, they will have renewed popularity.

1888 PTLA: Each in one volume, elegantly and uniformly bound, with all the original illustrations, bevelled boards, full gilt in cloth $3.50; tree calf, flexible calf, extra, or seal, extra, $7.50.

Pocket Edition.. 1885-1887 PTLA: 1 vol. Little-Classic size. Thirty illustrations. Elegantly bound. $1.00; half-calf $2.25; antique calf, flexible calf or seal $3.00; tree-calf $3.50.

1888 PTLA: Each in one volume, Little-Classic size. Handsomely and appropriately bound, with many fine illustrations. In cloth $1.00; half-calf $2.25; basket pattern, antique calf, flexible calf or seal $3.00; tree-calf or padded calf $3.50; in half-seal, French-board sides, marbled edges, in leatherette box. Sold only in sets of 7 vols. Per set $10.50; in full stamped seal, gilt edges, in leather box to match. Sold only in sets, per set $20.00.

Last revised: 3 November 2011