The Earliest known publisher’s jacket found at Bodleian Library, Oxford

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Nineteenth Century Dust Jackets blog reports that Michael Tanner discovered this 1830 book jacket in the Bodleian Library. The book, Friendship’s Offering for 1830, was published by Smith, Elder & co. in 1829. The book has been separated from the jacket. The text on the jacket includes a ‘four-line promotional verse […] intended to entice the feminine reader or her suitor to buy the book — it might be considered a sort of poetical dust jacket blurb of the Romantic era.’ Read more here.

— Paul Razzell

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