John Lehmann Ltd. (London, UK)
Series dates: 1948-1953
Size: 4.75″ x 7″
A short-lived post WW2 series of 21 titles. 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. The 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.
The original first publishing 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. All were printed. A few reprints appear through 1952.
The Holiday Library
The Holiday Library is a new series of modern reprints. It consists
of outstanding works of fiction, biography and autobiography,
together with occasional works of general interest published
during the past thirty years. In a number of cases the text has been
specially revised for the new edition. The first twenty-one titles,
published at 6s., are:
1. GOING ABROAD by Rose Macaulay
2. WIDE BOYS NEVER WORK by Robert Westerby
3. A NOTE IN MUSIC by Rosamond Lehmann
4. VINCENT: a Life of Vincent Van Gogh by Julius Meier-Graefe
5. FROM A VIEW TO A DEATH by Anthony Powell
6. I LIVE UNDER A BLACK SUN by Edith Sitwell
7. THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT by James Curtis
8. JULIAN PROBERT by Susan Ertz
9. DEATH OF MY AUNT by C.H.B. Kitchin
10. ALL SUMMER IN A DAY by Sacheverell Sitwell
11. THE FIVE MUTINEERS by James (‘Limey’) Spenser
12. MARY OLIVIER by May Sinclair (double vol., 8s. 6d.)
13. THE BEAST MUST DIE by Nicholas Blake
14. DELAY IN THE SUN by Anthony Thorne
15. ORPHAN ISLAND by Rose Macaulay
16. CHEERFUL WEATHER FOR THE WEDDING by Julia Strachey
17. FRANK HARRIS: A Biography by Hugh Kingsmill
18. PLAGUED BY THE NIGHTINGALE by Kay Boyle
19. NOW EAST, NOW WEST by Susan Ertz
20. PYLON by William Faulkner
21. THANK HEAVEN FASTING by E. M. Delafield
Color variations on Holiday Library jackets include blue and pale green (in addition to brick red).