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ROBINSON CRUSOE -  An English Graphical Bibliography 

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John W. Lovell Co.
Acquired plates and stock of Munro Library in 1888; 142-150 Worth Street by 1891; absorbed by United States Book Company 1891 (DLB 49). Born in Montreal... In 1876 Lovell established the firm of Lovell, Adam & Company in New York City for the purpose of reprinting cheap editions of British books. His partner was G. Mercer Adam, a fellow Canadian.... In 1887 the partnership was dissolved and Lovell began to publish on his own.... Lovell started as a pirate with the intention of breaking the courtesy of the trade principle of the literary establishment.... In 1881 he reorganized his business, calling it John W. Lovell Company, and the following year he introduced the Lovell's Library, a series of paperbacks priced at ten, twenty, or thirty cents. Beginning as a weekly, the series grew until, by 1890, it had become a triweekly. Lovell issued his books either in cloth or in paper. Publishing seven million cheap books a year, he became known as Book-A-Day Lovell.... In 1890 Lovell's publishing activities culminated in the formation of the United States Book Company. Within three years, however, this firm went into bankruptcy and by 1900 Lovell had completely disappeared from the annals of publishing. He died in 1932. (Kurian). There is some further information in Schurman (see research tools tab);. an 1879 letter from Lovell to The Publisher's Weekly, "The Royalty vs. the Monopoly Scheme of Copyright"; Raymond Howard Shove's summary of the "Combination"; Lovell's 1890 announcement to the trade about his plan to create a monopoly for reprint publications, and the decision in the 1896 suit brought by a successor firm, American Publishers Corporation, to recover rights to Munro's Seaside Library. Still further information is available on the Major Publishers pages maintained by the Hyde Park Book Store. [from "The Lucille Project"]

  1. []. Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. New York, John W. Lovell Co., 1880

  2. cover[]. Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. New York, John W. Lovell Co., 1880
  3. []. Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. New York, John W. Lovell Co., nd. [inscribed 1880]

  4. []. Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. New York, John W. Lovell Co., 1880

  5. cover []. Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. New York, John W. Lovell Co., 1880

  6. cover[]. Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe.New York, John W. Lovell Co., [inscribed 1893]
  7. []. Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. New York, John W. Lovell Co., nd. [c1892]

  8. []. Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. New York, John W. Lovell Co., nd.[inscribed 1893]

  9. []. Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. New York, John W. Lovell Co., nd.[inscribed 1894]

  10. []. Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. New York, John W. Lovell Co., nd

  11. []. Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. New York, John W. Lovell Co., nd. .

  12. []. Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. New York, John W. Lovell Co., nd. 

  13. []. Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. New York, John W. Lovell Co., nd. [inscribed 1892]

  14. []. Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. New York, John W. Lovell Co., nd.

  15. []. Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe.New York, John W. Lovell Co., nd.
  16. []. Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. New York, John W. Lovell Co., nd.

Lovell, Coryell & Company

Founded at 43-47 East Tenth Street in 1892 by John Wurtele Lovell and Vincent M. Coryell.... Subsidiary of United States Book Company.... Having moved in May 1893 to the offices of the United States Book Company at 5-7 East Sixteenth Street, Lovell, Coryell and Company was forced to move again in February 1894 upon the bankruptcy of the parent company.... In 1897 Lovell, Coryell and Company was renamed Coryell and Company and taken over by the American Publishers Corporation.[from The Lucille Project]

Lovell Coryell was one of the more notorious "pirate" publishers of the late 19th Century, who regularly took First Editions of European, usually British authors, and put them out in quick and sometimes cheaply made editions in the 1870s to 1890s. The Copyright laws and treaties of the 1890s were the essential addressing of this problem. Some of their printings are technically first editions as first appearences in America, rushed into print before the "authorized" editions. Bibliographies of RL Stevenson and Kipling might have more info on this.Sometimes multiple piracies of a particular novel appeared on book stands within months of each other, and figuring out the priority of any of them is problematic to this day, although some catalogers have assigned priority to some.[from Answerpot]

  1. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. New York, Lovell, Coryell & Company, nd   [inscribed 1875]

Lovell Brothers & Company

Lovell Brothers and Company was begun in 1893. The partners were Frank and John Lovell as well as John Hovendon

  1. cover lovell bros[]. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe New York, Lovell Brothers & Company, nd  

 

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