Author of Peck's Bad Boy

Author, Politician, Publisher, and Statesman

Jamieson-Higgins Co., Chicago

This publisher had a very short life span. It was founded in 1900 by Charles Higgins and Samuel W. Jamieson. By December, 1902 it was in receivership.

Of note, is that its advertising managers were Victor Cupples and Arthur Leon who were later the named partners in Cupples and Leon, a very prolific twentieth century publisher.

Jamieson-Higgins published three Peck books in wraps and hardcover. The first editions of Sunbeams and Peck's Red Headed Boy were published by Jamieson-Higgins Co.

-Peck's Uncle Ike and the Red Headed Boy
-Peck's Red Headed Boy

It appears that all three books were published in wraps in the Belford Series. In the catalogues these titles are listed in a 25 cent copyright list. Whether that means they were also published in wraps as non-Belford Series books is unclear presently.

Sunbeams was first published in 1900 in hardcover (50 cents) and wraps (25 cents). The book in wraps was published as #15 in the semi-monthly Belford Series on June 1, 1900.

First edition- cloth -1900


First edition- Belford Series 1900





Peck's Uncle Ike and the Red Headed Boy was published in 1900 in wraps (25 cents) and hardcover (50 cents).

A November, 1899 publication of Peck's Uncle Ike and the Red Headed Boy with the exact cover picture as the Jamieson-Higgins copy was published by Alexander Belford and Co. as #1 in its Belford Series in 1899. This fact along with the information that Jamieson-Higgins called its paperback series "The Belford Series" makes it most likely that Jamieson-Higgins Co. purchased the plates of the Peck book from Alexander Belford and Co., another Chicago publisher.



This ad appeared on March 9, 1900

Peck's Red Headed Boy was copyrighted and published in 1901. The paperback version is #36 in the Belford Series. Cloth versions were published in both 1901 and 1902. The cloth books were 50 cents and the paperback was 25 cents.

1901 Belford Series #36 (wraps)

Cloth 1901

Title page 1901


1902 Format with 1902 title page


1900 advertisement


Last Revision: October 13, 2017