PUBLISHER: Doubleday & McClure Co., New York, 1897-1899

ABOUT: DLB 49 includes a lengthy article on this firm. The following information comes, with permision, from the publisher's pages of the [defunct] Hyde Park Book Store: "In 1880, at the age of 18, Frank Nelson Doubleday went to work at Scribner's. In 1887, he started subscription selling through Scribner's Magazine, the first being the "Outward Bound Edition" of Kipling's works. Feuding between Scribner and Doubleday led the latter to quit and begin his own company. When news got around, publisher S.S. McClure, whom Doubleday had met earlier, offered him a partnership, to be called DOUBLEDAY, McCLURE & CO. (McCLure continued to operate as a separate company.) Doubleday contacted his friend, Rudyard Kipling, who promised to let Doubleday, McClure & Co. publish his next book, The Day's Work. President McKinley (or his advisor, Senator Mark Hanna) selected the new firm to publish his collected speeches of McKinley, a job paid for by the National Republican Campaign Committee. Doubleday did the job and delivered the entire press run to Hanna who evidently destroyed all the books in bizarre secrecy. Released an "Author's Edition" of Kipling's works; Frank Norris' McTeague; formed a strong friendship with Mark Twain. In 1900 Doubleday ended the partnership with McClure to begin one with Walter Hines Page." See also Tebbel BC: 87, 95-96; 133, 137-138, 141-151.

LUCILE’s ISSUED BY Doubleday & McClure :

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Last revised: 27 May 2015