The Little Leather Library Collection consists of 101 books, 3-1/4” x 4,” published by the Little Leather Library Corporation
of New York. The miniature books are bound in imitation leather and characteristic of the Redcroft edition published between
1920-1924. There were over 100 miniature book titles published in the various editions of the Little Leather Library, but
it is not known if all of these titles were included in the Redcroft edition.
The Little Leather Library Corporation of New York was the first company to mass-market inexpensive books in the United States.
The corporation, founded in 1916 by Albert Boni, Harry Scherman and Maxwell Sackheim, made available a wide variety of classics
by authors including Rudyard Kipling, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Morris, William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert
Louis Stevenson, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Henry James, Leo Tolstoy, Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats in miniature editions.
The 101 books in this collection are brownish green in color, bound in imitation leather, and characteristic of the Redcroft
edition published between 1920-1924. Only the first two editions were bound in real leather. When first published, the little
books were sold at the Woolworth’s chain. By the early 1920s, the books were advertised in popular magazines, selling in National
Geographic from 1922 to 1924. Sometimes a miniature classic might appear in a cereal box as a promotion. Robert K. Hass, Inc.,
Publishers took control of the Little Leather Library Corporation in 1924. Boni later established Modern Library Publishing
Company, of which Random House Publishers would become a subsidiary company. Scherman and Sackheim as well as Hass were later
involved in the establishment of the Book of the Month Club.
2LF, 2 boxes, 101 titles
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