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AN OLD BOSTON PUBLISHING HOUSE IN A NEW HOME
y | W HE removal of the old-established firm of publishers and booksellers, Little, Brown, & Co., to their new and larger quarters at 34 Beacon Street, where they are now fully settled, marks another step in the inroads business is making in the aristocratic Beacon Hill jistrict of Boston. Yielding to the necessity of obtaining adequate accommodations for their large and constantly in- o creasing pub-.;; lishing business, with sepa rate offices for its various departments and more suitable retail sales room s, Little, Brown, & Co. purch a se d the Cabot family mansion at the corner of Beacon and Joy streets, overlooking Boston Common, and adapted the interior of this substantial residence to their own use. Thus the beautifully carved woodwork, the imported marble fireplaces, the tapestried walls, have been
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retained in all their original beauty; while such rooms that required renovating have been treated with a careful regard to the maintenance of harmony
in color and general effect. From their large stock of original illustrations, Little, Brown, & Co. selected a fine assortment of pictures, and the walls are hung with representative works of the leading illustrators of the day. As a result, the four floors devoted to office purposes are not only remarka b ly we 11 equipped for the firm's purposes, but are, in addition, unusually attractive. P a s s in g through the v e s ti b ul e, which has been preservin all its dignity and be a uty, a s originally built for residential purposes, one enters on the street floor the finely appointed book-room for the sale of books at retail. The rich colors of the fine bindings are in glowing contrast to the dark oak of the huge bookcases. On this floor also are the commodious salesrooms of the law department. On the second floor is the suite of offices for the members of the firm, and the dignity of the former drawingrooms is well maintained by the beautiful mahogany office furniture, which has replaced the sofas and chairs of the former occupant. The publishing and advertising departments adjoin the offices of the film, and in the rear is the counting-room. The third floor provides quarters for the manufacturing and art departments, the offices of the wholesale department, and an attractive wholesale sample room. The fourth floor is occupied by the grow
ing educational and subscription departmentS.
Immediately in the #: rear of the building on Joy Street, and connected with it, there has been erected a spacious five-story annex for the wholesale and shipping departments. Little, Brown, & Co.'s bindery and warehouse of is in Cambridge. of so
The firm of Charles of C. Little and James * Brown began busi- i. ness in Bos to n in 1837 on the site, 254 Washington Street, for o so many years occu- go pied by the present
world's foremost publishers of the works of standard authors, and books of history, biography, travel, description, belles-lettres, poetry, domestic science, as well as popular fiction, both adult and juvenile. Perhaps no house has issued more of the works of famous American statesmen. Notable publications include the works of Daniel Webster, Francis Parkman, Capt. A. T. Mahan's epoch-making books on “The Influence of Sea Power,” the translations of the Polish novels of Henryk Sienkiewicz, the standard library editions of Dumas, Daudet, and Hugo, and Bartlett's “Familiar Quotations.” The house has been almost from its beginning the leading pubH lishing firm of law books in America. By acquiring the Y. publishing business of } Roberts Brothers in o: 1898, Little, Brown, & Co. came into possession of Miss Wormeley's wonderful trans1 at ion of Balzac's works, and the writTH: ings of such authors as in Louisa M. Alcott. Dr. | Edward Everett Hale, to Helen Hunt Jackson, Emily Dickinson, Su§ san Coolidge, Louise : Ch and 1 er Moulton, Lilian Whiting, Annie o Payson Call, Mary.W. *L Tileston, Mary P. Wells Smith, and many
firm of Little, Brown, Little, Brown, & Co.'s first store others.
& Co., succeeding Hilliard, Gray, & Co., who for more than half a century had done a large business in classical books, in text-books for colleges and academies, and in law books. As the successors of Hilliard, Gray, & Co., the house of Little, Brown, & Co. is the oldest book and publishing house in Boston, and is in the second century of its history, its origin dating back to 1784. The firm has long ranked with the
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