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Peck, White and PeckHorace C. Peck was a partner in the publishing firm of H. C. Peck and Theo. Bliss (q.v.) until it was dissolved in 1862 because of Civil War financial difficulties. After the war Peck went into partnership with his son Lorenzo and William White as Peck, White and Peck until the firm went out of business in 1867. See 'Dictionary of Literary Biography' 49 (1986), p. 356.2009
Pelligrini & CudahyThe publishing firm of Pelligrini & Cudahy was purchased by Farrar, Straus & Young in 1953. The enlarged firm became known as Farrar, Straus & Cudahy before becoming Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 1964. In 1994 Farrar, Straus & Giroux was purchased by the Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck. See www.holtzbrinck.com.2008
Penrose AnnualPenrose Annual was an international annual of the graphic arts published by Lund Humphries from 1897 until 1973. See Hazel Bell: 'Personalities in publishing: John Taylor', Journal of scholarly publishing 33 (October 2001). See also the FOB entry for Lund Humphries.2008
Peter F. Cunningham and SonPeter F. Cunningham founded his publishing firm in Philadelphia around 1860. In 1873 the firm became Peter F. Cunningham and Son. In 1908 it was purchased by P. J. Kenedy and Sons. See 'Dictionary of Literary Biography' 49 (1986), p. 110 and see the FOB entry for P. J. Kenedy and Sons.2009
Pickering & InglisThe religious publishing firm of Pickering & Inglis merged with Marshall, Morgan and Scott in the mid-1980s to form Marshall Pickering. See the FOB entry for Marshall Pickering, which indicates that any surviving rights will now belong to the Zondervan division of News Corporation. See www.zondervan.com. 2007
Platt and MunkThe children's publishing house of Platt and Munk was founded in 1921. The firm was acquired by Grosset & Dunlap in 1977. In 1982 Grosset & Dunlap was purchased by G. P. Putnam's Sons (of the Putnam Berkley Group). Putnam Berkley was bought by Penguin in 1997, and is part of the Pearson Group. See www.pearson.com and the company history pages of us.penguingroup.com.2008
Pratt, Woodford and CompanyThe firm of D. F. Robinson and Company was founded in Hartford, Connecticut in 1828, and is the original predecessor firm of Baker and Taylor. The name of Baker and Taylor was adopted in 1885, and between 1828 and 1885 the firm had many names, including Robinson, Pratt and Company; Pratt, Woodford and Company; Farmer, Brace and Company; Blakeman and Mason; Oakley and Mason; Mason, Baker and Pratt; and Baker, Pratt and Company. See 'Dictionary of Literary Biography' 49 (1986), pp. 34-35 and see the Our History page of www.btol.com.2009
PrestonThe music publishing firm of Preston (or Preston & Son) was founded by John Preston in the 1770s and subsequently managed by his son Thomas Preston. The firm was purchased by Coventry & Hollier around 1834, and much of the business of Coventry & Hollier was purchased by Novello in 1849 and 1851. Novello is now part of Chester Music and Novello & Company. See 'Music printing and publishing' / edited by D. W. Krummel and Stanley Sadie (1990) and www.chesternovello.com.2007
Purnell & SonsThe firm of Purnell & Sons was acquired by Robert Maxwell and became one of the component parts of the British Printing Corporation in 1964. Thereafter the Purnell firm and its titles were closely associated with the firm of Macdonald up to and after the break-up of the Robert Maxwell empire. See the FOB entry for Macdonald & Co. The recommended approach is to proceed on a title-by-title basis. Educational titles are likely to be with Pearson Education; children's books are likely to be with Hodder Children's Books; other titles may be with Little, Brown. See www.pearsoned.com; www.hodderchildrens.co.uk; and www.littlebrown.co.uk.2008
R. & L. LockerR. & L. Locker was the publishing firm of Raymond and Lilian Locker, founded in Hanley in the early 1940s. In January 1954 R. & L. Locker "suddenly ceased trading". See Steve Holland: 'The mushroom jungle: a history of postwar paperback publishing' (1993), p. 26.2008

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