Another book from my personal collection. It was extremely hard to find any information as it seems to be from a smaller sub-section of a now defunct publishing house: D. Appleton & Company. The only reference I was able to locate is as follows:

"This volume is intended to be a step in advance of the previous book - Uncle John's First Book; or, The First Step in the Ladder to Learning - and will be an excellent book to follow up the instruction already received by the perusal of the first. The stories are selected with a regard for their instruction, moral improvement, and amusement."

D. Appleton & Company was an American company founded by Daniel Appleton (December 10, 1785 – March 27, 1849), who opened a general storewhich 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
  • 1869 Appleton's Journal started
  • 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
  • 1881 Relocated from Leonard Street and Broadway, to Bond Street, New York City; Journal becomes Appleton's Magazine
  • 1890 Co-founded American Book Company, a conglomerate including D. Appleton & Company
  • 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
  • 1905 Appleton's Magazine renamed Appleton's Booklovers Magazine
  • 1919 J. W. Hiltman named president
  • 1924 Purchased Stewart and Kidd, 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.

Publishing highlights

  • Taylor, Fitch Waterman (1840). The Flag-ship: Or, A Voyage Around the World in the United States Frigate Columbia... Volume 2 of The Flag Ship, Or: A Voyage Around the World, in the United States Frigate Columbia; Attended by Her Consort the Sloop of War John Adams, and Bearing the Broad Pennant of Commodore George C. Read, Fitch Waterman Taylor. D. Appleton and Company. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  • 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)
  • Progress and Poverty 1880
  • Annual Cyclopedia for the years 1861-1901, annual
  • 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 Thomas Henry 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
Alexander's Tomb/ Alexander the Great

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