Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Little Leather Library




(some even given away in cereal boxes)











Authors included in these twenty-six* miniature volumes:

James Allen, Honoré de Balzac, James Barrie, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Robert Burns, Guy de Maupassant, A. Conan Doyle, Henry Drummond, Alexandre Dumas, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edward FitzGerald, Elbert Hubbard, Washington Irving,
Charles Lamb, Maurice Maeterlinck, Thomas Moore, George Bernard Shaw,
Henry David Thoreau, Ivan Turgenev, Walt Whitman,
John Greenleaf Whittier, W.B. Yeats

* the complete set contains many more titles


18 comments:

temporal rooms said...

this is a wonderful find William!
i like the type so large for such small books.

William Michaelian said...

They’re great, Robert. I won’t even need a microscope for these....

Ed Baker said...

saw "Elbert Hubbard" there in that list and my 'dart kept
went to my books and I do have Hubbard Harland Hubbard a book of his prints...

not a "slouch" among these.... On my list-to-read-everything-that-he-wrote (now for over 40 years): Maeterlink ! He's on my expanding list.

maybe in my rocking-chair period ... after i re-visit Sandburg... en toto ?

William Michaelian said...

Absolutely. I read his Abraham Lincoln a few months ago — all six volumes. Fantastic work. Hubbard, too, is worthwhile, in a lighter style and vein — at least so it seems in his fourteen-volume Little Journeys. Better check those floorboards on the porch. We’ve got work to do.

Ed Baker said...

Sandburg died the same year that I graduated Maryland... he died about 4 years after JFK was assassinated..
I just today saw a film (The day Carl Sandburg Died)and was suddenly struck....

JfK as did FDR used to bring Sandburg to the White House to talks about Lincoln's attitudes and methods and logic...
so did Johnson...

I recall seeing him on tv talk shows... chit-chatting .... live...

so also Frost smart, compassionate guys... makes me want to get back into my own 'stuff' at crack of next dawn...

William Michaelian said...

That’s it — if we’re not inspired seeing, hearing, reading, remembering the likes of them, then we’re beyond hope. Sandburg’s output was amazing: poetry, biography, history, fiction, music. And as you say, the genuine article, no need of a script.

Ed Baker said...

to go from here-to-there w/out a SCRIPT (or expectations) you have to know a lot...

it's not so easy being spontaneous
to be able to go in any direction

seemingly effort-less-ly

without knowing / experiencing a lot
& letting "it" go ?

unique-ness ain't possible w/out going the way of the wise "teachers"

and those drones in those Bastions of Education ain't really teachers.

but, I digress...


William Michaelian said...

Such is the art of making a worthwhile point.

L.W.Roth, said...

Very interesting post. The very first "paperbacks" made for mass consumption. 101 books total published in New York by
The Little leather Library Company between 1920 and 1924. Only the first two books had covers made of leather. They measured 3 1/2" x 4". Just some history for for other non literati folks like myself.

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Linda, and a fascinating history it is. So many names came and went in the publishing world, marking individuals with gumption, learning, and a willingness to gamble. There are some great stories behind them.

Jonathan Chant said...

As Robert says, an amazing find. I haven't had an Elbert Hubbard in my corn flakes for a long time now.

William Michaelian said...

What a sorry state of affairs. Especially since the Hubbard is more nourishing than the flakes.

Jan said...

Oh my gosh!!! I love these "small treasures", William...how wonderful!!!

Jan

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Jan! And this is one more example of how different formats affect the reading experience. With little books like these, you can’t help but be drawn in.

vazambam (Vassilis Zambaras) said...

How "little" do we know!

William Michaelian said...

Aye, sometimes it pays to be small minded.

Harry Kent said...

what a magical find!

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Harry!