These simple tales of the adventures of August and Elvie in
New York, the White Mountains, on the Schooner Mary Ann and in the
Green Mountains of Vermont are not unlike other easy reading tales from
Jacob Abbott. Moralistic and gentle are a good description. And
although the subject of "stealing" is discussed in book #1, it is still
developed in Abbott's thoughtful way.
The four book series was printed by two publishers. The first and early editions were done by Dodd and Mead. The later copies were published by Thomas Y. Crowell and Company.
The book Hunter and Tom was first published in the Riverside Magazine - Volume II in 1868. The serialized version has 27 chapters in ten different issues. The Dodd and Mead publication has XXXVII chapters. The difference is that book chapters XVII through XXXV are not part of the Riverside Magazine version.
Dodd and Mead
The first editions were published by Dodd and Mead in 1871 and
1872. Reprints were published in 1873. There is no difference in the
format of any Dodd and Mead book. The base of the title pages of the
books have the publication date. The first editions of books #1-2 list
volume 4 as being in preparation in the front series book list.
Both maroon, green and dark blue covers have been seen. The books are 6.75 x 5.
|The books:||Copyright||First edition
Title page date
|1. August and Elvie||1871||1871|
|2. Hunter and Tom||1871||1871|
|3. Schooner Mary Ann||1872||1872|
|4. Granville Valley||1872||1872|
Shown below are the first editions for books #1-4
August and Elvie
This picture was provided by Sam Houston State
Hunter and Tom
Schooner and Mary Ann
The 1873 books have identical covers to the earlier editions. The key difference is the title page which indicates an 1873 publication date.
The four books were still listed in Dodd and Mead catalogues until 1883. There is no evidence as of yet that there were any post-1873 printings however.
Thomas Y. Crowell and Company
Crowell was the second and only other publisher of this four
book series. It first published this four book boxed series in 1884.
This firm continued to print this series until the mid-1890's.
Thereafter there is no evidence that any other company published the
August Stories and August and Elvie appear to have just faded away.
Crowell published this four book series in two formats. The exact dates are unknown.
Earlier Crowell Edition
Later Crowell Edition