Holiday Library

John Lehmann Ltd. (London, UK)
Series dates: 1948-1953
Size: 4.75″ x 7″

holiday_logoA short-lived post WW2 series of at least 22 reissues. Lehmann had been a Hogarth Press managing director until 1946 when he started his own firm. Lehmann had edited the New Hogarth Library for Hogarth Press before the war. Titles in the series seem to be drawn from an array of literary fiction and biography published by different authors primarily in the pre-WW2 era, most likely titles that had not been reprinted.

Robert Westerby’s Wide Boys Never Work is a novel about the pre-WW2 criminal underground in London. As with all the Holiday Library titles, a common jacket design is used, with a summary of the title on the front jacket flap. The price is 6s. First publication in the Holiday Library for this title is 1948.


A listing of the initial 12 titles is on the back of the jacket.


Bindings are blue cloth with gold and red decorations.


The half title page indicates the series name.


The title page indicates the author, title, and publisher.


First published date and first published date in the Holiday Library are noted on the copyright page.


A copy of Rose Macaulay’s Orphan Island (first published in the Holiday Library, 1951) includes 9 additional titles. One more title seems to have been printed: Julia Strachey’s Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, in 1952.


Color variations on Holiday Library jackets include blue and pale green  (in addition to brick red).