Peck's Fun consists of
extracts from the writings of George Peck that were found in the La
Crosse Sun and Peck's Sun. The vignettes were compiled by V.W.
Richardson and published first by a local Milwaukee printer- Symes,
Swain & Co. This title should not be confused with Peck's books
which have the Compendium of Fun in its title or the Peck's Fun books
that were copyrighted in 1886 by Belford, Clarke & Co. and were
compiled by Thomas Handford (Elmo).
First edition. Symes, Swain & Co. 1879. Brown, blind stamped
the title in gold gilt in the center of the cover. 8 x 5.5.
Second edition. Belford, Clarke
& Co. 1880. Green with black decorative design on the cover.
7.5 x 5.5.
The two 1880 Peck's Fun books which were published by Belford, Clarke
& Co. are identical with the exception of the cover of the book
the copyright page. In the green 1880 book the words "Congress",
Richardson", " the Librarian" have unbroken type on the copyright page.
In the puce 1880 book and the 1882 Peck's Fun edition by this publisher
these words have broken type. The inference is that the green book is
earlier and the puce colored book is the later 1880 book. Of note is
unbroken type in the 1879 Symes, Swain and Co. first edition.
Green 1880 book
Puce 1880 book and 1882 book
Third edition. Belford, Clarke
& Co., Chicago, Belford and Clarke Publishing Co. St Louis.
Fourth edition. Belford, Clarke
& Co., 1883. Paperback. The cover has a picture of George Peck
in the center between the words Peck's Fun. Each corner has a labeled
Rose-Belford Publishing Company
There is evidence that this firm only published one Peck book: Peck's
The Peck's Fun shown here is a transition copy in which the title page
imprint is Rose-Belford but the cover page imprint is the Rose
Publishing Co. This was probably published in 1883. The Rose-Belford
title page indicates an earlier 1881 publication exists. I have not
seen that book.
This book is in wraps at 7 x 4.75. There are no illustrations. It has
It is exceedingly uncommon.
The Rose Publishing Company in Toronto printed Peck's Fun as per this
advertisement from the March, 1883 The Rose Library. The book was
published in 1883. It is possible that the book referred to in this
advertisement is the book above with the predecessor company's title