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Abshire

Abshire

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Mary E. Abshire Collection
Creator: Mary E. Abshire
Dates: 1850s-1930s
Quantity: 5 inches
Accession: H.14

Abstract

This collection contains 28 of the Little Leather Library books of popular literature which were advertised during the 1920s, in addition to an 1898 Kendalls’ Perfected Receipt Book Illustrated for prescribing recipes for disease and illness, and an American Indian Intertribal Cookbook.

Biography/History

Little Leather Library:
The Little Leather Library Corporation of New York was founded in 1915 by Albert Boni, Harry Scherman, and Maxwell Sackheim. The books were initially used as premiums in Whitman’s Sampler. These small 4 inch by 3 inch books were perfect for what was to become one of the first attempts to mass-market inexpensive books in the United States. This pioneering effort eventually led to the establishment of Book of the Month Club, Modern Library publishing company, which ultimately spawned Random House Publishers as a subsidiary company.

Initially the books were sold individually through retail stores with the Woolworth’s chain being the largest. The publishers were extremely creative in their marketing of these books from placing them in Whitman’s Sampler boxes to redeeming them by sending in a number of Florida Orange Wrappers. There is some indication that single volumes were included as promotional items in cereal boxes as a means of advertising the collection.

The first versions of the Little Leather Library volumes were bound in real leather. By the early 1920s the Little Leather Library was being advertised in popular magazines and sold directly by mail order. The books were advertised on the back covers of Mentor Magazine and Pictorial Review as well as National Geographic Magazine for ten different months from January 1921 to October 1924. By then the genuine leather covers originally used had been replaced with an early type of imitation leather consisting of latex coated canvas on the outside with flocking on the inside. This change was due to the war effort (WWI) which needed the leather for helmets, etc.

A set of 30 books was sold for $2.97 and a set of 100 books was priced at $9.97.

Source: Little Leather Library Corporation, Robert K. Haas History, UnearthlyBooks.com

This collection contains a rodeo postcard of the cowboys of the 101 Ranch in 1908 and 101 Ranch Bucks, one $5 and one for $10. The collection contains 28 “Little Red Books” on various subjects and by various authors. Some of the subjects include speeches and addresses written by Abraham Lincoln, and speeches and letters by George Washington. Some of the authors represented are Shakespeare, Poe, Thoreau, Browning, Wilde, and other popular authors of the time. All of the “Little Red Books” are of the Little Leather Library printed by Robert K. Haas in the 1920s and are in poor condition. They should be handled as little as possible.

Subject Headings:
101 Ranch
Cookbook
Cooking
Diseases–Causes and theories of causation.
Diseases–Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Essays
Fiction
Literature
Maps–Oklahoma
Medical book of remedies
Medicine
Native American–Cooking
Poetry–American
Poetry–English
Postcard

The Mary E. Abshire Collection was loaned to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in 1965 and formally donated in 1980 by Mary E. Abshire.

The Mary E. Abshire Collection has no restrictions and is available for research. If you are interested in researching the materials, please contact the Dickinson Research Center to make an appointment.

Mary E. Abshire Collection, Box ##, Folder ##. Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Series 1: Little Leather Library/”Little Red Book” –

Box Folder Accession  Folder title/Description
Little Red Books [28]
1 1 H.14.34.01 The Happy Prince and Other Tales, Oscar Wilde. Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 1 H.14.34.02 The “Bab” Ballads, W.S. Gilbert. Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 1 H.14.34.03 Enoch Arden and Other Poems, Alfred Lord Tennyson. Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 2 H.14.34.04 The Courtship of Miles Standish, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 2 H.14.34.05 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare. Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 2 H.14.34.06 Speeches & Addresses of Abraham Lincoln. Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 3 H.14.34.07 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson. Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 3 H.14.34.08 Short Stories, Guy De Maupassant. Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 3 H.14.34.09 The Man Without a Country, Edward Everett Hale. Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 4 H.14.34.10 A Child’s Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson. Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 4 H.14.34.11 The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Poems, Oscar Wilde. Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 4 H.14.34.12 The Coming of Arthur, Alfred Lord Tennyson. Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 5 H.14.34.13 The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, with an essay on Omar Khayyam by Edward Fitzgerald. Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 5 H.14.34.14 Will O’ the Mill and Markheim, Robert Louis Stevenson. Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 5 H.14.34.15 Speeches & Letters of George Washington. Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 6 H.14.34.16 Lays of Ancient Rome, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 6 H.14.34.17 Poems and Plays, Robert Browning, Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 6 H.14.34.18 Essays, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 7 H.14.34.19 Tales of Sherlock Holmes, Sir A. Conan Doyle, Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 7 H.14.34.20 The Greatest Thing in the World, Henry Drummond, Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 7 H.14.34.21 The Tempest, William Shakespeare, Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 8 H.14.34.22 The Gold-Bug, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 8 H.14.34.23 Dreams, Olive Schreiner, Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 8 H.14.34.24 Friendship & Other Essays, Henry David Thoreau, Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 9 H.14.34.25 The Ancient Mariner and Other Poems, Samuel T. Coleridge, Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 9 H.14.34.26 Fifty Best Poems of England, Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 9 H.14.34.27 Barrack-Room Ballads, Rudyard Kipling, Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)
1 10 H.14.34.28 Fifty Best Poems of America, Robert K. Haas, Inc., Publishers (Formerly Little Leather Library Corporation), New York, NY: (ca. 1924)

Series 2: Miscellaneous Books & Ephemera –

Box Folder Accession Folder title/Description
1 11 H.14.44 Kendalls’ Perfected Receipt Book Illustrated, B.J. Kendall, M.D. “A valuable collection of recipes for the diseases of man and domestic animals, with an Appendix giving the cause, symptoms and best method of treating diseases. It has various departments for cooking, cooking for the sick, toilet articles, miscellaneous receipts, etc., etc. A plain, practical book, giving the most successful prescriptions and recipes for each disease. Published by the Kendall Publishing Co., Saratoga Springs, N.Y., copyright 1898.” [1]
1 12 H.14.82, .86-.90 101 Ranch Ephemera: Postcard, “Bucks,” and Correspondence, 1908, 1924, 1966. [6]
1 13 H.14.83 American Indian Intertribal Cookbook, American Friends Service Committee, Intertribal Friendship House, 51 Ninth Street, Oakland. “These recipes were collected from the ladies of Intertribal Friendship House, sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee. Copies are available at Intertribal Friendship House, 51 – 9th Street, Oakland.” n.d. [1]
1 13 H.14.84 Southern Cook Book of Famous Southern Dishes compiled by Gray & Dudley Hardware Co., Nashville, Tenn. “This book contains the best receipts of delicious southern dishes, valuable information pertaining to the house, things every housekeeper should know. It was compiled in the interest of every housekeeper and fully explains the great merit of our Southern-Made Cooking Stoves. Washington Stoves: Southern Made for Southern Trade.” (ca. 1930s) [1]
1 14 H.14.85 Railroad Map of Oklahoma, Published by the State, 1922, Corporation Commission, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. [1]
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