Peck's Boss Book was first
published by Belford, Clarke and Company in 1884. It consists of 72
vignettes in 252 pages. H. E. Patterson did the eleven illustrations in
the book. This book appeared in a single title format as well as being
in a combination book. The combination book contains How Private Peck
Put Down the Rebellion as well as Peck's Boss Book.
Interestingly this title is the only Peck book in several series
published by Conkey and Homewood. See below for details.
Here are the publishers that printed this title:
Clarke and Company, Chicago 1884-1890
Brothers, New York and Chicago 1889
Henneberry Company, Chicago 1890
Lovell Company, New York 1891
Higgins and Company, Chicago 1892
W. B. Conkey
and Company, Chicago
Publishing Company, Chicago
Publishers of the combination book:
W. B. Conkey
Since Homewood reprinted Conkey books, it is presumed that the Homewood
and Conkey formats are the same. This book only has 96 pages of Peck's
The combination book from Thompson and Thompson and Charles C. Thompson
Company has the first 172 pages of Peck's Boss Book.
Homewood Publishing Company (ca. 1902-1905)
Thompson and Thomas (1900-1908)
Charles C. Thompson Company (1909-1913)
Belford, Clarke and Company
This publisher printed the first edition of Peck's Boss Book in 1884.
Between 1884 and 1888 several hardcover editions without any format
change were published. In 1889 and 1890 there were new covers for this
This title was also published in wraps. The wraps' books were 25 cents
while the hardcover was $1.00.
1884 first edition - a number of different color covers have been seen.
1889 Caxton Edition - Belford, Clarke and
1890 Edition from Belford-Clarke Company (Note the publisher's name
change between 1889 and 1890)
Butler Brothers, New York and Chicago 1889
Butler Brothers published a multivolume paperback series, the Electric
Series, which had more than 500 titles.
Six Peck books were part of this series
#89 Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa
#90 Peck's Bad Boy, No. 2
#91 Peck's Sunshine
#92 Peck's Fun
#93 Peck's Boss Book
#94 Peck's Compendium of Fun
This series was published in the 1889-1890 time frame. During its run
the Electric Series used more than one numbering system. Peck's Boss
Book has been seen as #139 in an alternative numbering for this series.
Donohue, Henneberry and Company
This firm published Peck's Boss Book in two of its series.
1. Caxton 12 Mos. 1890
2. Aetna Series mid-late 1890's
The Caxton Edition of 12 mos. is a large multivolume multiauthored
series of reprints. Seven Peck titles are included in this series
including Peck's Boss Book.
The Aetna Series is a 300 plus book multivolume multi authored series
that consists of reprints of fiction, essays, poetry, etc. Only one
Peck book was published in this series: Peck's Boss Book. This series
was also published by this firm's successors- Donohue Brothers and the
M. A. Donohue and Company.
The Aetna Series was being published in mid-late 1890's.
These 12 mos. books have a stereotypical cover which has been seen in
several different colors.
John W. Lovell Company, New York 1891
Lovell published seven Peck books in its Oxford Edition Series. This
series was introduced with 200 volumes in 1890. By the following year
there were 254 titles. Peck's Boss Book was number 234.
This is a representative cover picture from this series.
Morrill, Higgins and Company, Chicago
This publisher printed eight different Peck books including Peck's Boss
Book. The format of Peck's Boss Book as well as the other Peck books
printed by this publisher is presently unknown.
W. B. Conkey and Company, Chicago
This publisher printed Peck's Boss Book in a number of its series which
were printed both in wraps and hardcover. The known series and formats
are shown below. For more information on this publisher click here.
- White City Series (wraps) 1893
- Franklin Series (wraps)- 1893/ ca.1903
- People's Series-3 Formats (1895)
b. Half imitation Morocco- plain edges
c. Half imitation Morocco- gold gilt top and edges
White City Series
Peck's Boss Book was published in this series as Volume 1, Number 7 in
April, 1894. It is 7.5 x 5.5.
Peck's Boss Book was part of the later (1903) Franklin Series. These
paperback books were 25 cents.
People's Series 1895
In 1895 this series of 50 books contained seven Peck books (Number 41
is Peck's Boss Book). They were published in three different formats.
(7 x 4.75)
- Enameled paper Covers -25 cents
- Half imitation Morocco, fancy sides, plain edges- 50 cents
- Half imitation Morocco, fancy gilt suites and linings, gilt tops - 75
Hard Cover Series
- Harvard Series (pre-1900)
- New Cameo Series- ca.1903
- Copyright Series-ca.1903
- New Abbey Series- ca, 1900-1904
- Homewood Series
- Humorous Series
- Young Folks' Standard Classics (ca. 1903)
This 12 mos. series of reprints (late 1890's) included Peck's Boss Book
as one of seven included Peck books.
New Cameo Series ca. 1903
This is another publisher's series that only published one Peck book-
Peck's Boss Book.
Copyright Series (ca.1902-1904)
This publisher's series of 12 mos. books included the usual seven Peck
books (including Peck's Boss Book). These books were sold for 25 cents.
New Abbey Series ca. 1900-1904
This publisher's series included Peck's Boss Book(7.5 x 5).
This series was published with several different covers. Each is
specific for a particular year. Two different covers are shown below.
The year patterns are still being worked out. Peck's Boss Book appeared
in both formats shown here.
New Abbey Series 1902
New Abbey Series 1904
Homewood Series ca. 1902
This 12 mos. series of reprints only included one Peck book - Peck's
Boss Book. This series was published with several different format
One cover is shown in the page from a Conkey catalogue. The other book
is a representative picture of another Homewood Series cover.
Humorous Series (post-1900)
Peck's Boss Book was one of the seven Peck books which were included in
this series of works of contemporary "funny men". Other included
authors were Bill Nye, Eli Perkins, and M. Quad. The books are 12 mos.
and sold for 50 cents. The format for this title is unknown.
Peck's Boss Book was published in at least four of this company's
Franklin Series had seven Peck books. This appears to be identical to
the earlier Conkey published series. This series was printed in wraps.
This 391 title series of reprints only included one Peck book- Peck's
Boss Book. The books are 12 mos. and were priced at 25 cents. This
series also appears to be an identical reprint of the Conkey Series.
Peck's Boss Book was published in Homewood's
Oxford and Homewood Series. It is presumed that the formats of these
series are the same as the Conkey series with the same names but it is
unclear at this time.