Dover Publications

Dover Publications
Dover Publications
Parent company Courier Corporation
Founded 1941
Founder Hayward Cirker and Blanche Cirker
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Mineola, New York
Publication types Books, Sheet music
Official website

Dover Publications is an American book publisher founded in 1941 by Hayward Cirker and his wife, Blanche. It publishes primarily reissues, books no longer published by their original publishers. These are often, but not always, books in the public domain. The original published editions may be scarce or historically significant. Dover republishes these books making them available at a significantly reduced cost.


Classic reprints

Dover is well known for its reprints of classic works of literature, classical sheet music and of public-domain images from the 18th and 19th centuries. Dover also publishes an extensive collection of mathematical, scientific and engineering texts. It often targets its reprints at a niche market such as wood working.

Most Dover reprints are facsimiles by photo process of the originals, retaining the original pagination and typeset, sometimes with a new introduction. Dover will usually add new and more colorful cover art to its paper-bound editions. They retitle some books to make them more in line with modern usage and categorization. For example, the book Woodward's National Architect was retitled A Victorian Housebuilder's Guide.


The Cirkers started the business selling remaindered textbooks by mail. The company published its first book, Tables of Functions with Formulas and Curves, when the German copyright was voided by the United States as a result of World War II. The book was an unexpected success and established the Dover business model of publishing esoteric works at a low price. One of Dover's best sellers was Albert Einstein's The Principle of Relativity, which Einstein reluctantly agreed to republish despite his concerns that it was outdated.

Dover was influential in transforming the paperback book market. In 1951 it issued some of the earliest standard-sized paperbacks, a format that became known as a trade paperback.[1] Since the 1960s, the vast majority of Dover's titles have been paper-bound books of various sizes. Dover paperbacks were renowned for their supreme quality fabrication. They were printed on high quality, non-yellowing paper and the pages were sewn in signatures (a method traditionally used for the best books) unlike most paperbacks which were held together with glue and subject to page drop-out. Current Dover paperbacks are not manufactured to this exemplary standard, presumably due to cost-cutting economic measures.

For a time, Dover also published a catalog of LP phonograph records.[2] Some, such as selected recordings of Schubert's solo and chamber works featuring pianist Friedrich Wührer, were reissues of earlier monaural releases from other labels. Noteworthy among Dover's original issues was an extensive series documenting pianist Beveridge Webster in literature ranging from Beethoven's Hammerklavier sonata to the second piano sonata by Roger Sessions. Dover's foray into recordings, however, was not as successful as its core business of book republication, and the company eventually abandoned it.

Starting in the 1990s Dover has published a specialized line of low-cost reprints of public domain literature known as "Dover Thrift Editions", which are generally priced at US$5 or less.[3] They also have several lines of foreign language books.

Hayward Cirker died in 2000 at the age of 82.[4] In the same year Dover Publications was acquired by Courier Corporation (NASDAQCRRC).[5]


  1. ^ "The Last Paperback Revolutionary"
  2. ^ "Mono Stereo at a Low Price"
  3. ^ "Publisher selling books for a buck"
  4. ^ "Hayward Cirker, 82, Who Made Dover a Paperback Powerhouse"
  5. ^ "Courier Corp. Will Acquire Dover Publications for $39M."

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