SEARCH UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
Prepared by Rhonda Rinehart, October 20, 2004
1 half-size record storage box, .5 cubic feet, 11th floor
W. T. Stead was an English journalist and philanthropist who championed the cause of reading by founding both a library and a publishing company. A strong advocate of the poor, Stead made literature available cheaply through his Stead's Publishing House. Books were produced in paperback with product advertisements in front and back. Beginning in 1859 as The Review of Reviews Circulatory Library, Stead began printing the first series of economical books for children. Conjunctively, he established the Masterpiece Library, under which books for adults were published. The Penny Poets was the first series from this library. In 1896 Stead published the series Books for the Bairns. This series included many fairy tales as well as classic literature pieces. Prolifically illustrated, these titles were meant to serve both children and adults with text and visual accompaniment. Irish artist Brinsley Le Fanu provided illustrations for many books in this series. Stead often acted as editor and compiler of many books within series, and often wrote a foreward to the Books for the Bairns series. The longest running series of Stead's publications, Books for the Bairns ended publication in 1920 with final number 288, The Story of Bent Pin.
This small genre collection includes publications from three
Stead's Publishing House series, including the lesser known School and Scholar
Series . These books do not include copyright dates. The inventory is arranged
alphabetically by author within series. Please note that these books are extremely
fragile and may not be photocopied.