M.A.Donohue & Co

Early 20th century
Nature of Business:

M.A. Donohue & Co. first published commercial material, including mail-order catalogues for Montgomery Ward and Sears & Roebuck, and employee timetables and railroad schedules. In the early 1900’s, however, the Donohues expanded to also specialize in children’s literature, introducing first runs and reprints of some of the best-loved young people’s books of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Titles included the classics of Robert Louis Stevenson, Horatio Alger, Lewis Carroll, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Four first editions in the "Uncle Wiggily" series bore the Donohue name as publisher. From 1913 to 1920, the company held exclusive rights to the "Wizard of Oz" books by Frank Baum. Donohue was also sole printer of Edgar Rice Burrough’s "Tarzan" series from 1920-1935.


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