SpColl 15: Little Leather Library

Introduction

Little Leather Libraries were first published in the 1920's by the Little Leather Library Corporation, which was founded by Ralph J. Mahany and later bought out by Robert K. Haas, Inc. There are a number of different styles and collection types, often denoted by the color and embossing of the covers.  There is no definitive information about the exact number of volumes published.  The booklets are 4"x3" and often have embossed floral border trim and title in croft leatherette.  According to one collector, there are several different varieties including biblical (30 volumes) and children's health library (10 volumes).  The different collections were advertised on the back of National Geographic Magazine during the 1920's.

Scope and Content

The BPCL's collection consists mainly of the green covers, printed in the 1920's. Our collection is organized alphabetically by title, with 65 total titles.

Inventory

Box 1
Book No. Title Author
1 A Child's Garden of Verses Stevenson, Robert Louis
2 A Christmas Carol Dickens, Charles
3 A Message to Garcia and Other Essays Hubbard, Elbert
4 A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare, William
5 A Tillyloss Scandal Barrie, James
6 An Essay on Going to Church Shaw, George Bernard
7 As a Man Thinketh Allen, James
8 At the End of the Passage and The Mutiny of the Mavericks Kipling, Rudyard
9 Bab Ballads, The Gilbert, W. S.
10 Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Poems, The Wilde, Oscar
11 Barrack Room Ballads Kipling, Rudyard
12 Christ in Flanders and Other Stories Balzac, Honore de
13 Christmas Irving, Washington
14 Comedy of Errors, The Shakespeare, William
15 Coming of Arthur, The Tennyson, Alfred Lord
16 Comtesse, De Saint-Geran Dumas, Alexandre
17 Courtship of Miles Standish, The Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
18 Dante's Inferno, Vol. I Dante
19 Dante's Inferno, Vol. II Dante
20 Dream Children and Other Essays Lamb, Charles
21 Dreams Schreiner, Oliver
22 Enoch Arden and Other Poems Tennyson, Alfred Lord
23 Essays Emerson, Ralph Waldo
24 Fifty Best Poems of America  
25 Fifty Best Poems of England  
26 Finest Story in the World and Other Stories Kipling, Rudyard
27 Friendship and Other Essays Thoreau, Henry David
28 Gold Bug, The Poe, Edgar Allan
29 Greatest Thing in the World, The Drummond, Henry
30 Happy Prince and Other Tales, The Wilde, Oscar
31 Holy Grail, The Tennyson, Alfred Lord
32 Importance of Being Earnest, The Wilde, Oscar
33 Irish Melodies Moore, Sir Thomas
34 Land Of Heart's Desire, The Yeats, W. B.
35 Lays of Ancient Rome Macaulay, Thomas Babington
36 MacBeth Shakespeare, William
37 Man Who Was, The Kipling, Rudyard
38 Man Without a Country, The Hale, Edward Everett
39 Memories of President Lincoln Whitman, Walt
40 Mother Goose Rhymes  
Box 2
Book No. Title Author
41 Mumu and Kassyan Of Fair Springs Turgenev, Ivan
42 Murders in The Rue Morgue And Other Tales Poe, Edgar Allan
43 Pelleas and Melisande Maeterlinck, Maurice
44 Phantom Rickshaw, The Kipling, Rudyard
45 Pippa Passes; A Drama Browning, Robert
46 Poems and Plays Browning, Robert
47 Poems and Songs of Robert Burns, The Burns, Robert
48 Raven and Other Poems, The Poe, Edgar Allan
49 Rime of The Ancient Mariner and Other Poems Coleridge, Samuel T.
50 Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: With an Essay on Omar Khayyam Gerald, Edward Fitz
51 Salome, a Tragedy in One Act Wilde, Oscar
52 Short Stories Maupassant, Guy de
53 Snowbound and Other Poems Whittier, John Greenleaf
54 Song of Hiawatha, The Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
55 Sonnets from the Portuguese Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
56 Speeches and Addresses of Abraham Lincoln Lincoln, Abraham
57 Speeches and Letters of George Washington Washington, George
58 Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Stevenson, R. L.
59 Tales of Sherlock Homes Doyle, Conan A. Sir
60 Tempest, The Shakespeare, William
61 Trial of Socrates, The Plato-Translated by F. J. Church
62 Uses of Great Men Emerson, Ralph Waldo
63 Vampire and Other Verses, The Kipling, Rudyard
64 Will o' the Mill and Markeim Stevenson, Robert Louis

Contents compiled by Bob Hamburger
Introduction and collection description by Deirdre Rogers (June 2003)
Revised by Stefanie Hunker (March 2008)