Hello all, and Happy New Year!
My little book history blog series is back from its brief hiatus with a short stack of interesting editions which probably came free with a box of chocolate. (Follow the link for an interesting mini-lesson in American book history.)
Produced by Robert K. Haas, Inc. from 1924+ (and by the Little Leather Library corporation between 1916-1923), these editions aren’t much to look at, aside from the novelty of their size. Made with high wood-pulp paper which is extremely foxed and brittle now, they made literary classics (and not-so-classics) available to a wider public.
These editions are bound in either roan or skiver (I’m not well-versed in leather bindings, but considering the cheapness of the editions, I’d guess it’s skiver), which has been dyed red and blind stamped with simple borders and titles.
The titles on the spines are actually in relief.
I’m afraid to open the book too far, because it’s so brittle. But this shot gives you a good sense of the printing quality. Narrow margins, lots of lines, lots of ink blotting.
More next week!