The Little Leather Library
Measuring only about four inches and bound in a simple embossed leather covering the books of the Little Leather Library are absolutely Spartan in design. Max Sackheim,Harry Scherman and Charles and Albert Boni knew they would need to be thrifty if they were going to successfully launch a publishing house in the middle of World War I. Opting to publish classic titles which were in the public domain the new firm kept their costs down and produced these tiny classics at a price point the common man could afford.
Initially launched in 1916, the Little Leather Library churned out millions of copies seven short years. However, longevity was not in the cards; by 1925 publication of the Little Leather Library had ceased. Today the books may not be worth all that much in a dollars and cents calculation, but as a collectible they are absolutely charming.