Tuesday, June 9, 2009
19th Century Dust Jackets- Payne Holden and Company
19th century dust jackets are quite scarce. As you can imagine, the jackets were frequently removed from the book voluntarily or torn/destroyed involuntarily. Most of the jackets of course were published contemporaneously with the books by the publisher of the book.
There is a subcategory however in which the jackets were published by a different company. Payne, Holden and Company, based in Dayton was one of these latter companies. Advertisements in the various trade journals in the late 1870's advertise the Payne Holden book covers. The book covers were patented November 16, 1875 as per the advertisements. As noted below, the covers were for covering "school books". They could be applied in one second and were stronger than cloth.
This book" An Elementary Grammar of the English Language for the Use of Schools" written by Thos. W. Harvey was copyrighted in 1869. It was one of numerous well received school books published by Wilson, Hinkle & Co. from Cincinnati. This book was co-published with Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger (Philadelphia) and Clark & Maynard ( New York).
Exact dating is impossible but I can get pretty close. Clark & Maynard were in business between 1863 and 1889. Claxton, Remsen, & Heffelfinger published books between 1868 and 1880. Since these jackets were patented in 1875, this book and jacket are undoubtedly from the years between 1875 -1880. An inscription scribbled in the book of 1883 helps a bit.
This is a nice example of an 1870's dust jacket