Bookman Library

Hodder & Stoughton (London, UK)
Series dates: 1923-1924
Size: 5.5″ x 8″

Hodder & Stoughton had in 1892-1894 issued two titles as part of a limited edition series called The Bookman’s Library, including The Poetry of the Dial (#1) and The Complete Works of Emily Bronte (#2), both edited by W. Robertson Nicoll. That series does not seem to have continued beyond those two titles.

From 1899 to 1902 the English Bookman’s Library series was published by Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, and Co. This series seems to have issued no more than two or three titles.


In 1923 to 1924 Hodder & Stoughton issued five titles as The Bookman Library, all were literary criticism (and not unlike the publisher’s earlier Bookman’s Library). The books were larger in format and of higher quality than a typical series. All titles were original to the series.

Walter de la Mare, by R.I. Megroz (1924)
Men of Letters, by Dixon Scott (1923)
For Remembrance, by A. St. John Adcock (1923)
English Portraits & Essays, by John Freeman  (1924)
Robert Louis Stevenson, by Sidney Colvin & Arthur St. John Adcock (1924)

Jackets are understated, heavy tan paper with the title, author, publisher and price (7/6) on the spine. The series name and title and author are on the front of the jacket. The front flap is blank.


Five titles are listed in the series. No more were added to the series beyond these five.


Cloth bindings are in red, with gold typography and a debossed Bookman Library colophon.


An elaborate half-title page in two colors includes the series name.


The title page includes the date in Roman numerals (1924).


The copyright page includes the book’s printing information.