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Little Leather Library books

Identifier: EPH 5025

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes 31 titles, with the authors ranging from Shakespeare to Yeats.


  • 1916-1923

Language of Materials


Language of Materials

Collection material in English


There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Biographical Note

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 .


31 items; (2 containers; .75 linear feet)


The collection includes 31 titles published by the Little Leather Library Corporation.

Arrangement Note

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.
Little Leather Library Books
Kenneth Kinslow
September 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556