Holborn Library

George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd. (London, UK)
Series dates: 1947-1955
Size: 5″ x 7″

Harrap was a UK publisher of juvenile, educational and illustrated books from about 1900-1986. The Holborn Library was a short-lived series of about 50 titles. A Manchester Guardian Weekly review from 1950 said the series was “attractively designed and artistically produced.” A British Book News review from 1950 claimed: “Apart from an ugly title-page and very ugly frontispiece, this is an attractive and useful reprint.” That about sums it up.


By and large, typical classics in a series distinguished by nothing (but the ugly bits). Jackets have illustrations, in this case, a sneering Thackeray. Price on this first year of the series printing (1947) is 5p/-. Additional series titles are included on the front and rear jacket flaps.


A blurb for the series on the back of the jacket notes the series “thin but opaque paper,” acceptable thickness, and appropriate size for a “week-end-bag.”


Bindings are blue cloth with silver stamping.


The previously mentioned “ugly” frontispiece and title page. The series name is indicated in the book.


The copyright and printing information are on the copyright page. This copy was printed under still in place wartime economy standards.


No new titles or reprints of this series appear to have been printed after 1950 but it is mentioned in newspapers and other sources until the mid-1950s.