American Classics

Frederick Ungar Publishing Co. (New York, US)
Series dates: 1955-1980
Size: 5″ x 8″

Vienna publisher Frederick Ungar fled Austria in 1939 after the Nazi occupation. A publisher since 1922 and prodigious translator, he established the Frederick Ungar Publishing Co. in New York in 1940. The firm was acquired by Continuum Publishing in 1988.

Ungar’s American Classics series was announced and probably started publishing in 1955. The series consisted of classic history titles. Carl Schurz’s biography Henry Clay was originally published in 1887 was reprinted in the American Classics series in 1968. The original and reprint are in two volumes.

Jackets are unique to each title but follow a particular layout. The series name is included on the top of the jacket spine as well as the top of the font of the jacket. This two-volume set has identical jackets except for the Volume 1 and Volume 2 indications on the spine and jacket front. A blurb is included on the front of the jacket, along with an image of Clay. The front jacket flap discusses both Clay and Schurz. The price is $17.50 (for the two volumes).

The rear flap continues the description of the book. A partial list of titles fills the rear of the jacket.

The entire jacket for the 2nd volume:

The books are bound in heavy and durable brown buckram with the series name and publisher stamped in silver and author and title in blue.

The half-title page:

The title page, which includes the series name:

The copyright page includes the year of printing as well as an indication that the book was reprinted from the 1915 edition (published by Houghton Mifflin)