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Guide to the Little Leather Library books

EPH 5025


Collection Summary

Title: Little Leather Library books
Dates: 1916-1923
Collection No.: EPH 5025
Creator: Boni, Albert (1892-1981)
Creator: Boni, Charles (1894-1969))
Extent: 31 items; 2 containers; .75 linear feet
Language: Collection material in English
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: The collection includes 31 titles published by the Little Leather Library Corporation.

Selected Search Terms

Little leather library
Publishers and publishing--United States--History--20th century
Books and reading--United States--History--20th century
Intellectual life--History--20th century

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Preferred Citation: The items in this collection are separately published miniature books and can be cited as any book publication.

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.

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 .

Scope and Content Note

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

Arrangement Note

Materials are arranged with one miniature book per folder.

Container List

  • James Allen, As a Man Thinketh.  Folder 1 (EPH 5025-1)

    • James Barrie, A Tillyloss Scandal.  Folder 2 (EPH 5025-2)

      • Robert Browning, Pippa Passes.  Folder 3 (EPH 5025-3)

        • Elizabeth Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese.  Folder 4 (EPH 5025-4)

          • Dante, Inferno Vol.1.  Folder 5 (EPH 5025-5)

            • Dante, Inferno Vol. 2.  Folder 6 (EPH 5025-6)

              • Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol.  Folder 7 (EPH 5025-7)

                • Alexandre Dumas, Comtesse de Saint Geran.  Folder 8 (EPH 5025-8)

                  • Ralph W. Emerson, Uses of Great Men.  Folder 9 (EPH 5025-9)

                    • Edward Fitzgerald, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: With an Essay on Omar Khayyam.  Folder 10 (EPH 5025-10)

                      • Henrik Ibsen, Ghosts.  Folder 11 (EPH 5025-11)

                        • Elbert Hubbard, A Message to Garcia and Other Essays.  Folder 12 (EPH 5025-12)

                          • Washington Irving, Christmas.  Folder 13 (EPH 5025-13)

                            • Rudyard Kipling, The Finest Story in the World and Other Stories.  Folder 14 (EPH 5025-14)

                              • Charles Lamb, Dream Children and Other Essays.  Folder 15 (EPH 5025-15)

                                • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha Vol. I.  Folder 16 (EPH 5025-16)

                                  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha Vol. II.  Folder 17 (EPH 5025-17)

                                    • Maurice Maeterlinck, Pelleas and Melisande.  Folder 18 (EPH 5025-18)

                                      • Sir Thomas Moore, Irish Melodies.  Folder 19 (EPH 5025-19)

                                        • Plato, The Trial of Socrates.  Folder 20 (EPH 5025-20)

                                          • Edgar Allan Poe, The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales.  Folder 21 (EPH 5025-21)

                                            • Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven and other Poems.  Folder 22 (EPH 5025-22)

                                              • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors.  Folder 23 (EPH 5025-23)

                                                • George Bernard Shaw, On Going to Church.  Folder 24 (EPH 5025-24)

                                                  • Alfred Tennyson, Lancelot and Elaine.  Folder 25 (EPH 5025-25)

                                                    • Alfred Tennyson, The Holy Grail.  Folder 26 (EPH 5025-26)

                                                      • Ivan Turgenev, Mumu and Kassyan of Fair Springs.  Folder 27 (EPH 5025-27)

                                                        • John Greenleaf Whittier, Snow-Bound and Other Poems.  Folder 28 (EPH 5025-28)

                                                          • Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest.  Folder 29 (EPH 5025-29)

                                                            • Walt Whitman, Memories of President Lincoln.  Folder 30 (EPH 5025-30)

                                                              • W. B. Yeats, The Land of Heart's Desire.  Folder 31 (EPH 5025-31)