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Arno Press

Arno Press was founded in New York in 1962 by Arnold Zohn. The New York Times acquired a controlling interest in the firm in 1968 and purchased the rest of the firm in 1971. In the early 1980s the firm continued as part of Times Books but reduced its output, and in 1982 many of its titles were sold to Merrimack Book Service. See the FOB entry for Times Books, which indicates that the imprint was licensed to Random House from 1984 and then to the Henry Holt division of Macmillan since 2000. It appears that the Arno Press imprint was discontinued around 1984.


Arms & Armour

Arms & Armour was founded by Lionel Leventhal in 1966. In the 1980s ownership passed to Link House Books and then to United Newspapers. In 1986-87 Arms & Armour was purchased by Cassell from United Newspapers. Cassell was purchased by Hachette in 1998, and subsequently divided. See the FOB entry for Cassell.


Armed Services Editions

In 1943 the Council on Books in Wartime established Armed Services Editions to publish books for US armed forces personnel. From 1944 the name Editions for the Armed Services was more commonly used. The operation was closed down in 1947. See John Y. Cole (editor): 'Books in action: the Armed Services Editions' (1984).



The Arkana list and imprint were bought by Penguin from International Thomson in 1988. Since that time the imprints of Arkana Penguin, Penguin Arkana and Viking Arkana have been used, as well as Arkana, but with decreasing frequency.


Ariel Books

The firm of Ariel Books was purchased by Farrar, Straus and Young (later Farrar, Straus & Giroux) in 1953. In 1994 Farrar, Straus & Giroux was purchased by the Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck. See


Arena Publishing Company

Arena Publishing Company was founded in Boston in 1890 by Benjamin Orange Flower, in association with 'Arena' magazine. The firm went bankrupt in 1896. It was restructured in 1897. Flower left the firm and it ceased publishing books, although the 'Arena' magazine continued for some time (the first of many magazines to be called 'Arena'). Flower died in 1918. See 'Dictionary of Literary Biography' 49 (1986), pp. 28-29.


Ardsley House Publishers, Inc.

Ardsley House Publishers, Inc. was a publisher of college textbooks. In 1998 the firm was acquired by the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. See


Architectural Press

Architectural Press was purchased by Butterworths from the Maxwell Communications Corporation in 1988. Butterworths is now a division of Reed Elsevier, also trading as LexisNexis Butterworths. See


Archer Press

Archer Press was a publisher of popular fiction, founded in 1948 by Raymond and Lilian Locker. In January 1954 Archer Press "suddenly ceased trading". See Steve Holland: 'The mushroom jungle: a history of postwar paperback publishing' (1993), p. 26.


Arcadia House

The publishing firm of Arcadia House was founded in 1934. In 1948 the firm was acquired by Crown Publishing Group, part of the Outlet Book Company. The Arcadia House imprint was used until about 1964. See the FOB entries for Outlet and Crown, which indicate that in 1988 the firm was bought by Random House. Random House is owned by Bertelsmann. See and See also 'Dictionary of Literary Biography' 46 (1986), p. 15.


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Arrow BooksArrow Books was an imprint of Hutchinson and then of Century Hutchinson. It is now part of Random House UK, which is owned by Bertelsmann. See and
Arrow Music PressArrow Music Press was founded in New York in 1938 by Marc Blitzstein, Aaron Copland, Lehman Engel and Virgil Thomson. In 1956 its catalogue was acquired by Boosey & Hawkes. See 'Music printing and publishing' / edited by D. W. Krummel and Stanley Sadie (1990) and
ArtariaArtaria is a historic Austrian music publishing firm, founded in 1765, publisher of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. The publishing house closed in 1858, and its assets later passed to the firm of Josef Weinberger. See 'Music printing and publishing' / edited by D. W. Krummel and Stanley Sadie (1990) and
Arthur Barker LtdArthur Barker founded his publishing firm in 1932. In 1959 the firm was sold to Weidenfeld & Nicolson. The "Arthur Barker" imprint ceased to be used from 1991, when Weidenfeld & Nicolson was incorporated into Orion. See the FOB entries for Weidenfeld & Nicolson and Orion Publishing Group.2008
Arthur L. HumphreysMr Arthur Lee Humphreys was a bookseller who also published books on an occasional basis from the 1890s to the 1930s. From about 1890 he was one of the proprietors of Hatchards and his books were mostly published from Hatchards' address at 187 Piccadilly, London. In 1924 he sold his interest in Hatchards (see 'The Times', 31 March 1924), but continued to publish occasionally, mostly his own writings, for another ten years or so. He died in 1946.2009
Ascherberg, Hopwood & CrewThe music publishing firm of Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew was formed in 1906 by the merger of Eugene Ascherberg & Co. and Hopwood & Crew. In 1970 the firm was acquired by Chappell Music, now part of Warner Chappell Music. See 'Music printing and publishing' / edited by D. W. Krummel and Stanley Sadie (1990) and
Ashbel StoddardAshbel Stoddard founded his printing and publishing firm in New York in 1786. The firm went out of existence in 1820. See 'Dictionary of Literary Biography' 49 (1986), p. 432. 2009
Ashendene PressThe Ashendene Press was founded by C. H. St John Hornby in 1894 and remained in his personal ownership. The Ashendene Press went out of existence in 1935, after the publication of its 'Bibliography'. Hornby died in 1946.2008
AslibAslib was founded in 1924 as the Association of Special Libraries and Information Bureaux. In December 2004 Aslib went into liquidation. In 2005 its titles, name and rights were acquired by Routledge Reference, which is a division of Taylor & Francis. See 2008
Associated Book Publishers LtdThe publishing agglomerate Associated Book Publishers Ltd at different times included Methuen, Chapman & Hall, Spon, Eyre & Spottiswoode, Sweet & Maxwell, Routledge & Kegan Paul and Croom Helm. ABP was purchased by the Thomson Corporation in 1987. See the FOB entries for the individual component firms of ABP, for information as to which have been retained as part of the Thomson Corporation and which have been subsequently sold. See also