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Frequently Asked Questions about the McLoughlin Brothers

How can I find out when a McLouglin book was published? There is no date on this book.

Items published by the McLoughlin Brothers are often undated. For this reason, publication dates must be approximated based on the place of publication. To help you in dating your McLoughlin item, one of our staff catalogers, Billie Hackney, used the American Antiquarian Society's online catalog to create the following list:

1852-1853 John McLoughlin No. 3 Tyron Row, NYC
1854-1858 John McLoughlin 24 Beekman St., NYC
1858-1862 McLoughlin Brothers 24 Beekman St., NYC
1863-1870 McLoughlin Brothers 30 Beekman St., NYC
1871-1886 McLoughlin Brothers 71 & 73 Duane St., NYC
1886-189? McLoughlin Brothers 623 Broadway, NYC
1898-1919 McLoughlin Brothers 890 Broadway, NYC
1920-1929 McLoughlin Brothers Springfield, Mass., No M/B logo
1930-196? McLoughlin Brothers Springfield Mass., with M/B logo

How can I find out what my McLoughlin book or print is worth? We do not have expertise in appraising items and, therefore, can only refer you to other sources.

For books: Check with an out-of-print book dealer. To assist you in locating one close to your home, see our list of out-of-print book dealers who specialize in children's books. You can also try If there are other books with the same title and edition for sale, you can compare the description of the book with yours. Naturally, the condition of the book will either add to or subtract from its market value.

For prints: We suggest finding a Fine Arts dealer close to your home to ask. If they cannot appraise your print, they might be able to refer you to someone who can.

How can I find out more information about the McLoughlin Brothers publishing company?

Surprisingly, very little has been written about the McLoughlin Brothers Company. The only reference we are aware of is a short article by Michael Patrick Hearn, "McLoughlin Brothers, 1928-1978," printed in Original Wood Blocks from the Archives of McLoughlin Brothers, Publishers, New York (1978) by Justin Schiller. Hearn's article was later published as McLoughlin Brothers, 1928-1978 (New York:J. G. Shiller, 1980). Much of the information in that booklet is contained in an article about Mr. Shiller's gift which is available online. Also see the Finding Aid for our McLoughlin materials.

How Many Books with This Title Were Published?

To our knowledge there is no reference that documents the "run," or number of books printed for each McLoughlin title/edition. Again, perhaps, a rare book dealer will have a better sense of this given the number of books they have come across in their business.






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