D. Appleton & Company
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||New York City|
D. Appleton & Company was an American company founded by Daniel Appleton (December 10, 1785 - March 27, 1849), who opened a general store which included books. He published his first book in 1831. The company's publications gradually extended over the entire field of literature. It issued the works of contemporary scientists at moderate prices, for example, Herbert Spencer, John Tyndall, Thomas Huxley, Charles Darwin, etc. Medical books formed a special department, and books in the Spanish language for the South American market were a specialty which the firm made its own. In belles lettres and American history it had a strong list of names among its authors.
- 1813 Relocated from Haverhill to Boston and imported books from England
- 1825 Relocated to New York City and entered the book business with brother-in-law Jonathan Leavitt
- 1831 Published first book: Crumbs from the Master's Table by William Mason (1719-1791)
- 1848 Daniel Appleton retired; son William Henry Appleton (1814-1899) formed a partnership with his brothers, John Adams Appleton (1817-1881), George Swett Appleton (1821-1878), Daniel Sidney Appleton (1824-1890), and Samuel Francis Appleton (1826-1883)
- 1849 Death of Daniel Appleton
- 1857 First New York trade publisher to engage in subscription publishing
- 1872 Popular Science magazine started
- 1875 Original publication of the memoirs of General William Tecumseh Sherman, one of the first such publications by a Civil War general
- 1880 Co-founded American Book Company
- 1881 Relocated from Leonard Street and Broadway, to Bond Street, New York City
- 1894 Published Songs of the Soil by Frank Lebby Stanton
- 1900 Filed for bankruptcy and sold Popular Science; re-organized by Joseph H. Sears of Harper's
- 1919 J. W. Hiltman named president
- 1924 Purchased Stewart Kidd Publisher Co, founded in 1914
- 1933 Merged with The Century Company., founded in 1881, to form the Appleton-Century Company
- 1945 Sold hymn books department to Revell Publishing
- 1948 Merged with F. S. Crofts Co., founded in 1924, to form Appleton-Century-Crofts.
- 1960 Purchased by Meredith Publishing Company
- 1973 Appleton division purchased by Prentice Hall
- 1974 New Century division sold to Charles Walther, and eventually became part of Academic Learning Company, LLC
- 1998 Prentice Hall merged with Pearson Education
- 2003 Academic Learning Company, LLC acquired New Win Publishing, which was a division of New Century Publishing
- The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, 1895
- Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings by Joel Chandler Harris, 1880
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, 1865, first U.S. edition
- Appletons' Cyclopædia of Biography in 1 volume, 1856, edited by Francis L. Hawks, added American biographies to the volume edited by Elihu Rich and published in 1854 by Richard Griffin & Company (London).
- Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography in 6 volumes, 1887, edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske
- Appleton's Railroad and Steamboat Guide, 1847
- New American Cyclopedia in 16 volumes, edited by George Ripley and Charles Anderson Dana, 1857—1863; revised and enlarged as American Cyclopedia (1873—1876)
- Johnson's Universal Cyclopaedia 1893, in 8 volumes edited by Charles Kendall Adams. The rights were acquired from Alvin J. Johnson & Co.
- Universal Cyclopaedia 1900, in 12 volumes derived from Johnson's Universal Cyclopaedia. Edited by Charles Kendall Adams, and from 1902 by Rossiter Johnson, with title Universal Cyclopaedia and Atlas
- The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, 1889—1891, New Century Dictionary 1927—c. 1963
- Picturesque America by William Cullen Bryant, 1872
- Unabridged English Dictionary 1859
- works of Jonathan Edwards, 1834 (1703—1758)
- science works of Charles Darwin (1809—1882)
- Diseases of the Heart and Arterial System, by Dr. Robert Hall Babcock (1903)
- Diseases of the Lungs by Dr. Robert Hall Babcock (1907)
- Memoirs of William Tecumseh Sherman (1820—1891)
- The Works of Rudyard Kipling [Authorized Editions]15 Volumes (1899)
- literary works of Henry James (1843—1916)
- art works of Edith Wharton (1862—1937)
- architectural works of Stanford White (d. 1906)
- Gems of British Art, 1857
- work of T.H. Huxley, 1880
- From the Manger to the Throne 1880—1889 by REV. T. DeWitt Talmage, D.D.
- American Negro Slavery by Ulrich Bonnell Phillips, 1918
- Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography
- American Cyclopædia
- Appleton's Magazine
- Appletons' travel guides
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- Appleton-Century MSS
- NYPL. Portraits of William H. Appleton, Daniel Appleton, founder, John A. Appleton, George Appleton, Daniel Sidney Appleton.
- Library of Congress. Photo, 2007. Second Floor Corridor. Printers' marks+Columns. Printer's mark of D. Appleton and Co. in North Corridor. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.
- "Appleton, Daniel". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. 1900 This has information on the firm's evolution.
- Open Library. D. Appleton and Company
Robbins & Appleton Building, New York, built 1880 (photo 2010)