Saturday, July 25, 2009

Horatio Alger Series -- The Federal Book Company

The Federal Book Company published numerous juvenile reprints during their two year existence from 1902-1904. They were the successors to the F.M. Lupton Publishing Company.

During its short life, Federal published a number of juvenile series. The new Henty Series, the Jack Harkaway Library and the Horatio Alger, Jr. Series were some of the single author series. The Boys' Own Library Series was a large multi authored juvenile series mainly originating with the Street and Smith Series of the same name. Adult general fiction series included Our Line of Copyright Fiction Series and The Superb Series (in wrappers).

The Horatio Alger, Jr. Series included 36 titles at 50 cents each. The book covers varied in color not format. The books were jacketed as can be seen here. Although the books are not too difficult to find, the dust jackets are somewhat scarce. I have seen the book covers in four different colors. I suspect there may be more.


  1. just found Federal Book Co copy of Uncle Tom's Cabin. trying to find info about this book and whether it might be 'valuable'. any help appreciated. Diane

  2. Diane: it's not. Mass-produced, poor quality. $5 will net you a decent copy.

  3. (and came here to verify Lucile Project's claim that Federal was around for just 2 years - all these OCLC records claiming its books as "1890s" threw me for a loop, when I could have sworn just from looking they were early-1900s. Nice blog!)

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