Little Leather Library Books
Identifier: EPH 5025
Scope and Content Note
The collection includes 31 titles, with the authors ranging from Shakespeare to Yeats.
Language of Materials
Language of Materials
Collection material in English
There are no access restrictions on this collection.
The publishers Albert and Charles Boni came up with the idea of miniature editions of classic works of literature to be included as a premium with another product, much like baseball cards were included with a pack of cigarettes. The advertising executives Harry Scherman and Maxwell Sackheim suggested the Whitman's Candy Company of Philadelphia. The venture was successful, and after the success of "sweets with a book," the brothers published more miniatures (3" X 4"), which were sold at 10 cents apiece through mail orders as well as through such outlets as Woolworth's. Along with Horace Liveright, the Boni brothers went on to the founding of the Modern Library, and Sackheim and Scherman were instrumental in the founding of the Book-of-the-Month Club in 1926 .
.75 Cubic Feet (2 containers)
The collection includes 31 titles published by the Little Leather Library Corporation.
Materials are arranged with one miniature book per folder.
Acquisition and Processing Note
The circumstances surrounding the acquisition of this collection by the Hesburgh Libraries are not known. Arranged and described by Kenneth Kinslow. Finding aid 2014, by Sheila Smyth and Ingrid Adams.
- Books and reading -- United States -- History -- 20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Intellectual life -- History -- 20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Little leather library Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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- Publishers and publishing -- United States -- History -- 20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Little Leather Library Books
- Kenneth Kinslow
- September 2014
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