Rescue Series

Elkin Mathews & Marrot, Ltd. (London, UK)
Series dates: 1927-1933
Size: 5.5″ x 7.75

rescue_logoAntiquarian book dealer Elkin Mathews and John Lane formed The Bodley Head in 1887 as a firm to sell antiquarian books. Primarily at the urging of Lane, works of “stylish decadence” were published by the firm starting in 1894. Mathews left soon afterward and continued to publish as Elkin Mathews Ltd. He died in 1921. The firm became Elkin Mathews & Marrot, Ltd. in 1926, separating the antiquarian book dealer from the publisher. Elkin Mathews & Marrot, Ltd. was acquired by publisher Ivor Nicholson & Watson, Ltd. in 1933 and by Allen Unwin in 1945. The Rescue Series was published from 1927-1933. Seven titles were published in all.

The Rescue Series books are above average in quality and were priced more than other reprint series at the time. Jackets were unique to each title. The price (7/6) was indicated on the jacket spine. A prospectus for the series is printed on the front jacket flap. This copy of Emily Eden’s The Semi-Detached House indicates “second printing” on the jacket spine, in October of 1928 (first printing, April 1928).


The initial five titles in the Rescue Series are detailed on the back of the jacket. Reviews of the reissued titles are included. Additional titles from the publisher are advertised on the back jacket flap. Two more titles seem to have been published in the series:

Jane Austen, The Watsons (1928)
Augusta Noe, Generation to Generation (1929)


The books had contrasting cloth binding in blue and tan with gold stamping. The paper in the book has a deckle edge (rough edge).


Half title page with series name.


The first five titles in the series face the title page. The date of printing (1928) is below the publisher name on the title page.


Printing information is included on the copyright page.