The Heritage Press
The Heritage Press was an imprint of George Macy Companies, Ltd., from 1937 to 1982. The Heritage Press reprinted classic volumes previously published by the more exclusive Limited Editions Club.
|Predecessor||The Limited Editions Club|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Publication types||Limited edition books|
In 1929, George Macy founded the Limited Editions Club and began publishing illustrated books in limited numbers (usually 1500 copies) for subscription members. In 1935 Macy founded the Heritage Club, which together with the Heritage Press, created and distributed more affordable and unlimited reprints of the great books previously published by The Limited Editions Club.
He also authored The Collected Verses of George Jester (distributed in a limited number as a Macy family holiday greeting) and edited Heritage's A Sailor's Reader and A Soldier's Reader, which were wartime volumes, published in August 1943, of "four hundred thousand words of literary entertainment" for members of the American armed services.
Publications of the Heritage Press covered a broad range of topics, primarily within the Western canon. Examples included editions of Bulfinch's Age of Fable, Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Robert Louis Stevenson's full The Beach of Falesá and Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. A particularly large and ornate edition includes the complete scripts to all of Gilbert and Sullivan's operas, with an accompanying envelope containing facsimile memorabilia.
- "A Heritage Press Retrospective: How These Books Came To Be," Accessed April 20, 2009.
- "Buying and Selling the Heritage Press," Accessed April 20, 2009.
- "George Macy Companies, Inc.: Limited Editions Club and The Heritage Press: A Preliminary Inventory of its Records at the Harry Ransom Center" (text). Retrieved 2018-05-15.