Beautiful certificate from the Book League of America, Inc.
issued in 1929. This historic document was printed by the Broun-Green Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of the company name. This item has the original signatures of the Company’s President, and Secretary, and is over 84 years old.
The Book League of America, Inc. was a US book publisher and mail order book sales club established in 1929, a few years after the Book of the Month Club. Its founder was Lawrence Lamm, previously an editor at Macmillan. The company was located at 100 Fifth Avenue, New York City, New York in a 240,000-square-foot (22,000 m2) office building that was constructed in 1906. It printed and distributed a variety of volumes in the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. A victim of the Great Depression, the Book League of America was sold to Doubleday in 1936.
Book League of America printed and published contemporary and classic books. The clothbound hardcover was commonly a dark navy-blue, though sometimes red or black. There was an embossed logo on the front. Depending upon a variety of exposure conditions and perhaps publishing years, the spine cloth faded differently, with some of the spines remaining dark navy, while others turned purple or navy-green. The spine featured book title and author in gold or silver gilt lettering, along with decorative scrolling, sometimes in an art deco motif.
Most of the pages were smooth-cut on the top and bottom edges, and deckled on the outer edge. Some books contained the note: "This book is standard length, complete and unabridged. Manufactured under wartime conditions in conformity with all government regulations controlling the use of paper and other materials." This explains the yellowed or tanning paper condition, more noticeable in some books than others. Some books were illustrated. Many of the books did not include a publish date. Dust jackets were not included.
Approximately 5,000 subscribers received monthly fliers that offered a selection from a variety of contemporary and world classic literature choices.
"The famous Board of Editors selects for you 2 books each month: the best new book -AND- one of the greatest classics. The Book League of America supplies these 2 books each month at 1/3 of the usual cost!
Some books, published by other companies but carrying the Book League of America imprint, were included in the club sales offerings. These publishers included:
A. S. Barnes & Company, New York
Bartholomew House, Inc., New York
Blakiston Company, Philadelphia
Caxton House Inc., New York
Doubleday, Doran and Company, Inc., New York
E. M. Hale and Company, Wisconsin
Everybody's Vacation Publishing Company, New York
Literary Classics Inc., New York
Puritan Publishing Company, Chicago & Philadelphia
William H. Wise & Co., New York
There was no membership fee to join the plan. The subscription cost $16.68 and entitled the subscriber to twelve books each year.
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