Everyman’s Library

Dent & Sons Ltd. (London, UK) & Dutton & Co. (New York, US)
Series dates: 1906-1982
Size: 7″ x 4.5″
Revised 5/14/2023

(right) A copy of Francis Bacon’s Essays, #10 (out of an eventual 1000 titles). This particular book, a 1st edition in the series, is among the first 12 Everyman’s Library titles printed in January of 1906. A video of the book can be seen here.

Everyman’s Library is one of a few series (including the Modern Library) with a remarkable amount of documentation for collectors and scholars (thus not requiring full documentation here).

A marvelous compendium of all things Everyman’s Library, including extensive scans from Everyman’s series books over the nearly 80 years of its existence, can be found at Collecting Everyman’s Library. Everyman’s Library Amenities has additional EL history and collecting information.

Terry Seymour’s A Guide to Collecting Everyman’s Library (2005), and his A Printing History of Everyman’s Library 1906-1982 (2011) are indispensable for anyone who wants to understand the scope and details of Everyman’s Library and is 1000 volumes. The book includes detailed documentation of all titles in the series, sales figures, dates in print, bindings, and other series details.