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Manning Publications Co.
Founded 1990
Founder(s) Lee Fitzpatrick and Marjan Bace
Headquarters Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

Manning Publications is an American publisher established by Lee Fitzpatrick and Marjan Bace that publishes books on computer technology topics, with a particular focus on web development. Their distinctive brand features illustrations from the 1805 edition of Sylvain Maréchal's four-volume compendium of regional dress customs on the covers of many of their books.


Manning started in 1990 when the two partners, Marjan Bace and Lee Fitzpatrick, joined to form a book packaging business.

Manning did business with most of the established technical publishers as well as with the IEEE Computer Society Press. Their scope included all of engineering and computing. An early success was the publication of a materials science series of a dozen specialized tomes; it included the large Encyclopedia of Materials Characterization with over 50 contributors. Soon Manning began to see computing topics as the liveliest and most interesting.

Manning would eventually be drawn to the computer industry. Computing soon became the focus of Manning's publishing. Manning's first customer for a computer book was Addison Wesley. Addison Wesley's reputation helped open doors at other leading commercial houses, a number of whom became Manning customers.

In 1992, Manning produced the first authoritative book on the Internet technologies, The Internet System Handbook, edited by Dan Lynch (then head and owner of the Interop conference series) and Marshall Rose. The book featured chapters written by Vint Cerf, and Jon Postel as well as other original developers of the technologies underlying the Internet. The Internet System Handbook, published under the Addison Wesley imprint, was considered a classic. It is still in print.

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