Author of Peck's Bad Boy

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Rose Publishing Company, Toronto (1883-1894)

This firm published Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa. This 1883 150 page edition contained the first XXXVI chapters. It is a later edition than the 1883 Belford, Clarke and Company version. The book is 7.5 x 5.

George Maclean Rose was born in Scotland in 1829. After wandering through several printing organizations, he joined Mr. Robert Hunter to form Hunter, Rose and Company, a printing and binding company. Hunter died in 1877 and one year later Rose's brother Daniel, an experienced printer, joined the company. There was no name change at that time.

The Belford brothers emigrated from Ireland to Toronto in 1857. Charles Belford (1837-1880)was involved in the newspaper business and was editor of both The Leader and later the Toronto Mail. In 1876 he joined with his two brothers Alexander (Aleck) and Robert to form the Belford Brothers. This firm lasted two years and upon Charles' withdrawal because of ill health, the remaining brothers partnered with G. M. Rose in February, 1878 to form the publishing house of Rose-Belford.

Over time, the Belfords left the Rose-Belford publishing house. With their withdrawal, the name was eventually changed. In 1883 Rose-Belford firm was succeeded by the Rose Publishing Company. It failed in 1894.

Currently I am aware of three Peck titles that Rose published. The Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa editions are noted below.

The Rose Publishing firm printed Peck's Fun as per this advertisement from the March, 1883 Rose Library.

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 248 pages.

It is exceedingly uncommon.

Rose also published two editions of The Grocery Man and Peck's Bad Boy. A hardcover book was published with 152 pages. Its print date is unclear. This title was also published in The Rose Library as #41. Therefore it was published in August, 1883. Since the United States copyright date was granted on August 24, 1883, this may mean that the Rose Publishing Company copy is the true first.

This firm published Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa in two different formats. A hardcover 1883 150 page edition contained the first XXXVI chapters (the same text as in the 1883 Belford, Clarke and Company edition). It is most likely a later edition than the 1883 Belford, Clarke and Company version. The book is 7.5 x 5.

In addition this firm published Peck's Bad Boy in "The Rose Library". It appeared as Number 36 in the March, 1883 edition. This Peck title received its U.S. copyright March 1, 1883. Thus, it is not totally clear whether the printing of this Rose edition predated the publication of the American first edition published by Belford, Clarke and Company which was "to be ready March, 1st".

(9 x 12)


Last Revision: November 11, 2014