Little Leather Library
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Thu Jul 11 17:29:33 EDT 2002
I don't know of a complete list of Little Leather Library
titles. I have about 70 of them, including one of the boxed
sets of 30 volumes that were sold by mail for $2.95. Albert
Boni started the Little Leather Library in partnership with
Harry Scherman, who was then a young copywriter at the J.
Walter Thompson advertising agency. Scherman had a flair
for writing mail-order ads for books. Max Sackheim, another
advertising man, was also involved in the enterprise. The
Little Leather Library was significant mainly because of
what it led to--Boni left the Little Modern Library and went
on start the Modern Library in 1917; Scherman built on his
Little Leather Library experience to start the Book-of-the-
Month Club in 1926.
The books aren't expensive ... I've often seen them in
antique shops, and at any given time there are usually a few
G. Thomas Tanselle has a note about "The Little Leather
Library Corporation's 'Fifty Best Poems of America'" in
Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, v. 62
(1968), pp. 604-7, and Sackheim discusses it in his
autobiography, My First 65 Years in Advertising (1975).
There's also a chapter about the Little Leather Library in
the Book-of-the-Month Club oral history (Oral History
Office, Columbia University Library).
---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 14:51:45 EDT
>From: Allbooks at aol.com
>Subject: Little Leather Library
>To: modlib at algol.owu.edu
>Apparently the Little Leather Library was a sort of
predecessor of Modern
>Does anyone know of a complete list of titles? Apparently
there were the
>greenish bindings, followed by red bindings, followed by
another version I
>can't recall but something like Little Lexor Library. Also
>A friend has about 65 of the green ones, in two boxes +.
She wants to sell
>them as a lot.
>Thanks for your help!
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Gordon B. Neavill
Library and Information Science Program
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
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