Philosophy of the Moral Feelings

This John Abercrombie authored book is a companion volume to his "Inquiries" book. This book, like the other, has an introductory Jacob Abbott chapter. The purpose of the chapter was so this book could be adapted for use in schools and academies.

As with the "Inquiries" books, Harper and Brothers published this title a number of times without the Abbott chapter. The first Harper edition was published in 1833 by J. & J. Harper. The first English edition was published in 1833 J. Murray, London.

It is most likely that both Abercrombie books were published by Otis, Broaders and Company, Collins (Robert B., Collins and Brother and Charles Collins) and Kay and Troutman in the same years in the same formats. But as of this time, I am only listing the dates of publication for each of the Abercrombie books that are known to me.

T. H. Carter 1836 (First edition)

Otis, Broaders and Company 1838, 1839, 1845, 1846, 1848



Kay & Troutman, Philadelphia/ C. H. Kay, Pittsburgh 1847
(No copies of this publication have been seen)

The dates of the Collins editions that are known are shown. For more about the Collins publishing house, dates and addresses, see below.

Robert B. Collins 1850, 1851, 1852, 1853, 1856, 1858


Collins and Brother 1859, 1866, 1867, 1883


Collins and Brother was at this address between 1871-1876

Charles Collins Ca. 1884

Collins Publishing Firm-New York

Working out the publishing history of the Collins' Abbott books can be a challenge. Here is a brief overview.

Isaac Collins founded this house in the 18th century. In 1834 Benjamin and Stacy Collins restarted the bankrupt Collins and Hannay firm as B. and S. Collins. John Keese joined the firm in 1836 and the name was changed to Collins, Keese and Company.

This firm published Abbott books for the first time using the Collins, Keese and Company moniker. Chronologically this house thereafter became Collins, Brother and Company, Collins and Brother, Robert B. Collins and then Collins and Brother again. In 1884 the latter company was succeeded by Charles Collins in 1884 when Robert B. Collins retired.

B. and S. Collins (1834-1836)
Collins, Keese and Company (1836-1842)
Collins, Brother and Company (1842-1847)
Collins and Brother (1847-1850)
Robert B. Collins (1850-1857)
Collins and Brother (1857-1884)
Charles Collins (1884-1890)

1835-1837-230 Pearl Street
1838-1856 254 Pearl Street
1856-1862 82 Warren Street
1863-1866 84 Leonard Street
1867-1870 106 Leonard Street
1871-1876 370 Broadway
1879-1883 414 Broadway