Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Ooze Leather Christmas Series, No. 4

In the spirt of the holiday season, I'm profiling a small (5 x 6.5 inches and 47 pages) leatherbound book published by Browne & Howell Co. in 1914 as part of the Ooze Leather Christmas Series. Apparently there were ten of these little books and ours is No. 4, "The Night Before Christmas" by Lillian Bennett Thompson. Ooze leather is not in my desk dictionary, but "google" it and you will find "ooze" refers to either the type of leather and/or the tanning process used on the skin that becomes the cover for the book. These books are not widely available.

The title and author are stamped on the top of the leather cover. Ours has faded with time so it's difficult to determine if it was stamped in gilt at one time. However, there's something charming about this small book, especially at Christmas. That's about all I know; if you can add to this, please feel free.