Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus was
copyrighted by Joseph Bowles in 1905. Bowles ran the Chicago based
Bowles Syndicate Company. He organized the syndication of this story in
newspapers throughout the country. The text and line drawn
illustrations first appeared serialized in newspapers starting in 1905.
All 26 chapters were published weekly in numerous newspapers.
Here is an advertisement for the series from the Los Angeles Herald
dated June 25, 1905.
Some newspapers were publishing the weekly chapters as late as June of
1907. Interestingly a number of chapters that appeared in the
newspapers were not part of the 319 page book. Two examples are shown
below. It is unclear how many extra chapters were written. Based on the
travels of Peck and His Pa in the book, these new chapters go further
into the western part of the United States.
Los Angeles Herald June 25, 1905
June 1, 1906 Muldrow Press, Muldrow, Oklahoma
June 15, 1906 Muldrow Press, Muldrow, Oklahoma
Thompson published the first book edition in 1906, the year it received this title's copyright.
Illustrations were done by C. Frink.
This book was published by five different publishers. For more about
the publishers click on their names.
Van Vliet Company
Thompson and Thomas, Chicago (1905-1909)
Thompson and Thomas published two known hard cover editions and an
edition in wraps.
Both hardcover books have 319 pages.
The edition in wraps also has 319 pages. All of the paperback issues by
all the publishers are the same except for some color differences on
First edition- first issue (8.5 x 7)
The 1908-1909 edition of this title is 7.75
This "Circus" in wraps was published by John Stanton Company. The
Thompson and Thomas format is identical.
Charles C. Thompson Company, Chicago
This company published this title in one hardcover format and one
format in wraps.
Stanton and Van Vliet Company, Chicago
This company published this title in one hardcover (7.75 x 5.75) and
one paperback format.
The earlier books in wraps/ hardcover can be distinguished from the
later book in wraps. The later ones say "Made in U.S.A." on the
John Stanton Company (1920's)
This publishing house published this title in one wraps' format and one
hardcover format. The formats are identical to the Stanton and Van
Vliet Company books just above.
David McKay Company, New York (ca.1929)
McKay only published this title in one hardcover format. Interestingly
McKay used the Stanton and Van Vliet dust jackets.
The Stanton and Van Vliet name is on the base of the spine and on the
ads on the back of the jacket. The book cover is slightly different
from the Stanton and Van Vliet books however and McKay is at the base
of the spine.