Series: Beta Phi Mu chapbook

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The Odyssey of a Film-Maker : Robert Flaherty's Story by Frances Hubbard Flaherty?
Fine binding in America : the story of the Club Bindery by Elbert A. Thompson2
The Desert Daisy by H. G. Wells3
Mr. Macready produces As you like it; a prompt-book study by William Shakespeare5/6
The Confederate hundred; a bibliophilic selection of Confederate books by Richard B. Harwell7
Raking the historic coals; the A.L.A. scrapbook of 1876 by Edward G. Holley8
The Three Voyages of Captain Cook by Frank Paluka10
Salmagundi : Byron, Allegra, and the Trollope family by N. John Hall11
The Library at Mount Vernon by Frances Laverne Carroll12
The history of a hoax : Edmund Lester Pearson, John Cotton Dana, and The old librarian's almanack by Wayne A. Wiegand13
A Book for a Sixpence: The Circulating Library in America (Chapbook - Beta Phi Mu ; No. 14) by David Kaser14
Books for Sammies : the American Library Association and World War I by Arthur P. Young15

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Series description

"From 1953 to 1983, Beta Phi Mu, an international "honor society" for librarians founded in 1948, published a series of chapbooks that were intended to provide exemplary examples of graphic artistry, typography, and book binding. Although many of the titles in this series were published in an edition of several thousand copies, it can be surprisingly difficult to put together a complete 15-volume set in Fine condition. (The plain glassine wrapper in which most of these titles were issued is usually either missing or pretty beat up.)...."

-- L. D. Mitchell, Fine Books & Collections Blog, 19 Sept. 2010


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