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.

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