Abbey Classics (Murray)

Murray (Murray’s Sales & Service Co., Murray Remainder Books) (London, UK)
Series dates: 1954-70
Size: 7.5″ x 4.75″

The Abbey Classics name was used for a scholarly reprint series published from 1920-1937 by the publishers Chapman & Dodd, Simpkin Marshall, and Small Maynard. In the 1950s the name was adopted for an unrelated series of generic classics seemingly aimed at a youth market. The publisher is noted variously as Murray or Murray’s Sales and Service Co. (107 Pentonville Road, London, UK). The paper used in this series is cheap and coarse and the binding crude.

The jackets were undoubtedly designed in a probably ill-fated attempt to stir the interest of mid-1950s British youth. A blurb about the book is included on the jacket flap.


The endpapers elaborately illustrate the joys of reading fusty old classics:


A list of titles is included on the back of the dust jacket, all long out of copyright and mostly Victorian classics: