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Casemate Publishers, also known as Casemate, is a Philadelphia-based publishing company that specializes in producing printed military history books. They have published over 300 books on military history. Many of their books are memoirs and historical overviews of specific military events. They also distribute books for other publishing companies and market their products to enthusiasts, hobbyists, students, instructors, and researchers of military history, as well as members of the armed forces and military organizations.[2]

Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors LLC
Founded2001 in Philadelphia
Headquarters locationHavertown, Philadelphia
Distributionself-distributed (US, UK)
Peribo (Australia)[1]
Key peopleDavid Farnsworth; President, Simone Drinkwater; Group Business Development VP/ Director, Alan Mabley; Managing Director, Casemate UK, Ruth Sheppard; Publisher, Casemate, Dr. Julie Gardiner, Publisher, Oxbow Books, Curtis Key; Group VP, Digital Services and Publishing Operations
No. of employees40 (Group) (2015)


Casemate Publishers was established in 2001, when Combined Publishing‘s US operations were sold to Perseus Books Group[3] and rolled into its Da Capo imprint.[4] The running of their distribution operation was taken over by Combined Publishing’s sales director David Farnsworth, who created new distribution company Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors LLC. Casemate began distributing books in North America for publishers, specializing in military history. The company also began to publish its own military history books and since 2001 has expanded its publishing output to 30 book titles a year.

Creation of Casemate UKEdit

In July 2007, Casemate supported a management buyout of the Greenhill Books/Chatham Publishing distribution operation and sales team from Lionel Leventhal Ltd and set up a new company, Casemate UK Ltd.[5][6] As a result, Casemate UK became responsible for the sales, marketing, and distribution of a number of military history and art book publishers.

Purchase of Oxbow BooksEdit

In December 2011, Casemate UK's parent company, Casemate Publishers Ltd bought leading Archaeology Publisher and Bookseller Oxbow Books,[7] together with its US operation, The David Brown Book Company from its founder, David Brown on his retirement. Oxbow was founded in Oxford in the UK in 1983, and is still based there.

Brands and imprintsEdit

In January 2009, Casemate Publishers launched brand Casemate Athena[8] their new distribution initiative targeted at non-military history enthusiasts including travel, cooking, reference, nostalgia, heritage, sports, and gardening. On January 1, 2015, Casemate acquired IPM, International Publisher's Marketing, from Books International[9] and merged its Athena brand into a new division, Casemate IPM.[10]

With the acquisition of Oxbow Books, Casemate also acquired Oxbow's North American distribution arm, The David Brown Company which was founded in 1991. In 2013 The David Brown Book Company was rebranded as Casemate Academic. Casemate Academic provides specialist sales, marketing, and distribution to leading institutions and publishers from around the world in the US market.

Casemate also has a specialist brand for selling and marketing art books, Casemate Art.


  1. ^ "Prelude Books". Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "About Casemate", Casemate Publishers, 2010.
  3. ^ Perseus Books Group website.
  4. ^ Da Capo website Archived May 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Military publisher makes advances", The Bookseller, October 24, 2007. Archived March 19, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Casemate adds U.K. division", Publishers Weekly, October 8, 2007.
  7. ^ Oxbow Books Website.
  8. ^ "News from Casemate-Athena", Dane of War, January 26, 2009.
  9. ^ Books International website
  10. ^ Caroline Carpenter, "Casemate Acquires International Publishers Marketing", The Bookseller, November 19, 2012.

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