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books are dearer than the corresponding books of the great reading nations of Europe. Such is the need. We answer it with The Unit Books, the cheapest series of books ever published in America and made on a system fair to bookproducer and to book-buyer.

Our books are sold at prices based on the length of the book and therefore on the actual cost of production. However long the original text, we publish it in its entirety on a uniform quality of paper and in the same size of type. The length and binding of the book determine its price.

We begin with our unit of 25 pages.

The price of each set of 25 pages is one cent.

The price of 100 pages is 4 cents, and each additional 25 pages adds one cent to the price.

Thus, 250 pages cost 10 cents and 400 pages cost 16


We bind our books in three bindings→→ (1) Stiff paper of a durable sort.

(2) Cloth with gold title.

(3) Full leather lettered in gold.

A paper wrapper is given with the printed pages.
The cloth cover costs 30 cents additional.

The full leather binding costs 50 cents additional. The price of the single volume is regulated by the number of units it contains and by the binding you choose.

Postage is charged extra at the rate of eight cents per volume. Orders must be accompanied by the proper remittance, as we cannot afford to open small accounts.

It is this principle of proportionate prices which the general title of the series is intended to emphasize. The price of the book is printed on the paper wrapper, and is inserted in the cloth and leather bindings in such a way as to permit its removal without damaging the book.

This new system of publishing is more logical than the system of fixed prices for reprints. Other things being equal, it costs less to produce a short book than a long one.

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Hitherto the selling price of the short book has been as high as that of the long. And even the longest book has not been sold to you at a loss. We give you the benefit of the saving on the shorter book. Our prices are regulated by the cost of the actual materials and workmanship which go toward the making of the book.

WITH WHAT BOOKS DOES THE UNIT SERIES BEGIN? In compiling this list of the first 100 books the publisher attempted to produce a catholic collection of books, in which every person, however unusual his literary tastes, may find at least one book to satisfy and profit him. This list will be amended and added to from time to time. The texts will appear on the first day of each month and the year's issue of 12 unabridged volumes may be subscribed for in advance as though it were a monthly magazine. We are at present unable to quote the proposed yearly subscription price. This information will be given in a later bulletin. As the lengths and prices of The Unit Books are determined, announcements will be made in these bulletins.

The Unit Books may be had separately.

The list is tentative. We invite suggestions from every lover of good books. If you would like to see a reprint of any book write us about it.

1 Sept. 1903

1 The Marble Faun Hawthorne
21 units (524 pages)

paper 21 cts
cloth 51 cts
leather 71 ets


Letters and Addresses

16 units


paper 16 cts
cloth 46 cts

leather 66 cts

1 Oct. 1903

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9 John Brent

10 Age of Fable


6 Domestic Manners of the Americans Mrs. Trollope

7 Study of Words


The Philippines in the Seventeenth
Century Navarette and Careri




Knickerbocker's History of New York (reprint of first edition) Irving 12 Democracy in America (2 vols) De Tocqueville

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1 Nov. 1903

1 Dec. 1903

1 Jan. 1904

1 Feb. 1904

1 Mch 1904

1 April 1904

Parables from Nature

Margaret Gatty

The Conspiracy of Pontiac Parkman
The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

1 May 1904

1 June 1904

1 July 1904

1 Aug. 1904


Eothen Kinglake
Vanity Fair

Margaret Sylvester Judd

Arthur Mervyn Charles Brockden Brown

National Documents (The Constitution and other state


The Conquest of Mexico
The Poems of Longfellow
Law for Every Day

A First Book on Electricity
The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne
A Sentimental Journey Sterne
On the Origin of Species Darwin
Goethe's Faust (Anster's translation)
The Buccaneers of America Lieut. Burney
The Poems of Robert Browning
Pilgrim's Progress Bunyan
Pickwick Papers Dickens

Tales Gaboriau

Two Years Before the Mast

A Pronouncing Dictionary

A Tale of Two Cities Dickens
Henry Esmond


The Odes of Horace in Latin and English (Francis) Monarchs Retired from Business

John Doran

Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts De




Chemical History of a Candle
Our Village (first series)
Confessions of Rousseau

Past and Present



The Last Days of Pompeii
Noctes Ambrosianae John Wilson
Some Fruits of Solitude William Penn
Autobiography and Poor Richard's Almanac

jamin Franklin

Mary Mitford

The Microscope
P. H. Gosse
Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
Last of the Mohicans Cooper
The Comedies of Sheridan


Familiar Colloquies of Erasmus
The Rise of the Dutch Republic
Voyage of a Naturalist Darwin
Herman Melville


Familiar Letters of James Howell

Natural History of Selborne Gilbert White

The Three Musketeers Dumas
Adventures of Mr. Verdant Green
Physical Geography of the Sea
A Cyclopedia of Literary Allusions
Discourses on Painting
A Dictionary of Classical Quotations
A Handbook of Proverbs


Dante's Divine Comedy

Boswell's Life of Johnson
Homer's Odyssey

The Poems of John Milton
Virgil in Latin and English
The Essays of Sainte-Beuve
Hakluyt's Principal Navigations
Clarissa Harlowe Richardson

Ivanhoe Scott

Cuthbert Bede Lieut. Maury

Sir Joshua Reynolds

Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry

Plutarch's Lives

Don Quixote


The Plays of Shakespeare
Fairy Tales

The Brothers Grimm
Victor Hugo

Notre Dame
Paul and Virginia Saint Pierre
The Old Red Sandstone
Hugh Miller
The Bible in Spain George Borrow
Legends of the Madonna Mrs. Jameson
Essays of Elia Charles Lamb

The Cloister and the Hearth Charles Reade
Adam Bede George Eliot
Aurora Leigh

Mrs. Browning

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