Selected Special Collections
Tabard Inn collection
Late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century imprints from the Tabard Inn Library, a circulating library, (87 items).
A partial, representative collection of books assembled by Jacob Blanck that formed the lending stock of the "Tabard Inn Library" scheme, a commercial venture. Opened in Philadelphia in March, 1902, it was designed to reach a much larger audience than a related organization, the Booklovers Library, which originated in the same city two years earlier and was restricted to invited members. The Tabard Inn Library also offered older titles from its collection for purchase or exchange for recently published items. Some of the volumes have labels that identify them as being part of the Booklovers Library. Several catalogs and descriptions of both libraries are also included. The collection reflects book distribution and reading patterns in the United States during the early 20th century. See Tabard Inn Library for details.