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.

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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.

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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.”

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Bindings are blue cloth with silver stamping.

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

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

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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.