D. APPLETON & CO.
D. Appleton & Company was a publishing company located in the United States. The company published many famous and best-selling books, including:
- The Red Badge of Courage
- Uncle Remus
- Memoirs of William Tecumseh Sherman
- The Works of Rudyard Kipling
The company no longer exists, having been merged with The Century Company in 1933 which was in turn merged with F. S. Crofts. That company was purchased by Meredith in 1960, which was then purchased by Prentice Hall in 1960...and so on.
Meanwhile, this stamp has a couple of other interesting characteristics independent of its cancel.
The C in Cents has a layout dot or marking in the lower portion of the C. This plate anomoly was documented in this post from January 5, 2011.
The right 2 shows a thin line running through the top portion of the numeral. This is likely to be some sort of layout marking. I have seen many of these lines and they usually run across the stamp and both 2s, this stamp only appears to have the line running through the right 2.