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DERBY, James Cephas, publisher, born in Little Falls, New York, 20 July 1818. He was educated at the grammar school in Herkimer, N.Y. He was apprenticed to the bookselling business in Auburn, New York, in 1833 and afterward was in business on his own account, both there and in New York City. Among the American authors whose works he published were the Cary sisters, B. P. Shillaber, S. G. Goodrich, Henry Wikoff, Henry Ward Beecher, Augusta J. Evans, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, and Marion Harland. He retained for years the friendship of such men as William H. Seward, Alexander H. Stephens, and Horace Greeley. He is himself the author of "Fifty Years among Authors, Books, and Publishers" (New York, 1884).
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