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Three Little Blue Books, Circa 1920's: Irish Fairy Tales, Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince & Lectures on Shakespeare


  • Details
    Little Blue Book No. 397
    Irish Fairy Tales
    Haldeman-Julius Company: Girard, Kansas, 1923

    Little Blue Book No. 280
    The Happy Prince and Other Tales
    Oscar Wilde
    Haldeman-Julius Company: Girard, Kansas, not dated

    Little Blue Book No. 160
    A Lecture on Shakespeare
    Robert G. Ingersoll
    Haldeman-Julius Company: Girard, Kansas, not dated

    Pale blue staple bound wraps. Each book is Very Good, with previous ownership marks and minor scuffs/adhesive marks, clean text, solidly bound. Pale blue staple bound wraps.

    Little Blue Books are tiny books with big ideas and a fascinating history. Started by Emanuel Haldeman-Julius, an atheist-Jew, socialist, and newspaper publisher, and his wife, Marcet, set out to publish small low price paperback pocketbooks that were intended to sweep the ranks of the working class as well as the "educated" class. Their goal was to get works of literature, a wide range of ideas, common sense knowledge and various points of view out to as large an audience as possible. These books, at approximately 3½ by 5 inches (8½ by 12¾ cm) easily fit into a working man's back pocket or shirt pocket.
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