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Typ 9000

Howard Guild collection of subscription publishing prospectuses, circa 1860-1912 (Typ 9000): Guide

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: Typ 9000
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Guild, Howard R.
Title: Howard Guild collection of subscription publishing prospectuses
Date(s): circa 1860-1912
Quantity: 8 linear feet (171 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection is in English with English translations of literature from various foreign languages.
Abstract: Book sample specimens used by publishers and salesmen showing the various limited editions, bindings, images, and examples the final product for subscribers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of Howard R. Guild, 1936 June 6.

Processing Information:

Processed by Alice Iu, 2017 October.

Conditions Governing Access:

No restrictions. This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice.

Preferred Citation:

Howard Guild Collection of Salesmen Subscription Book Prospectuses, circa 1860-1912 (Typ 9000). Houghton Library, Harvard University.


Organized alphabetically by author's name or pseudonym; title of series or its commonly known title; or name of the association responsible for the particular publication. Order determined by earlier shelfmark.

Scope and Contents

Prospectuses, or dummies, that are sample books of titles offered for sale through subscription. The volumes represent titles offered by United States publishers during the late 19th century to early 20th century. Most initial pages have manuscript notes with the various pricing levels for special editions and bindings. Available choices for binding samples are often glued to the inside covers for display. All books have illustrations ranging from engravings and etchings to fully colored maps and photographs (See individual item notes for details). Some volumes contain facsimiles of rare manuscripts and prints. One book dummy usually represented a compilation of many volumes

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Additional Index Terms

Booksellers and bookselling.
Book industries and trade.
Dummies (Bookselling)
Guild, Howard R.