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ROBINSON CRUSOE -  An English Graphical Bibliography 

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The Mershon Company (1897-1907)
[This] bindery firm opened a New York office at 156 Fifth Avenue in March 1897... by 1905 stock sold to Stitt Publishing Company. (DLB 49). Oscar M. Dunham... [hired 1876 to manage the American branch of the English firm of Cassell] served it well until January 1890, when he organized a stock company and bought the branch, calling it the Cassell Publishing Company ... with headquarters as 104-106 Fourth Avenue.... It was hard to understand, except in light of the hard times of the nineties, why Dunham failed in June 1893, with liabilities of $400,000. But then it turned out that Dunham had converted $180,000 of the company's funds to his own use, and disappeared after leaving his office on June 15.... creditors filed articles of incorporation.... announced that a New Jersey branch of the firm would be established at Rahway, where the Mershon Printing and Bookbinding Company would do most of the company's work. In December, however, the company was sold at auction to Mershon. The imprint of this firm is to be found on many "cheap and nasty" volumes of fiction issued during the latter 1880s and in the 1890s. A considerable percentage of the Meshon output was of the kind called "railroad fiction." ([from The Lucille Project]

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William Mershon's namesake company was mainly a printer until the early 1890's. Thereafter it published the books of several bankrupt companies (Cassell & Co., Merriam Company) in the mid to late 1890's and by 1899 was publishing new titles under its own imprint. (The Rover Boys is a good example). It continued to publish juvenile titles as well as publisher's series until 1905 when the name was changed to the Stitt Publishing Company. Stitt went bankrupt in 1906 and Mershon took over until 1907 when Chatterton-Peck Company published the Mershon list. [from The Tom Brown Series by Tom Hughes]

  1.   []. The Strange and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. New York, The Mershon Company, Publishers, nd. [F20]

  2. []. Robinson Crusoe. New York, The Mershon Company, Publishers, nd.[inscribed 1904]

  3. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. New York, The Mershon Company, Publishers, nd.

  4. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. New York, The Mershon Company, Publishers, nd. [inscribed 1903]

  5. []. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. New York, The Mershon Company, Publishers, nd

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