For all you fellow vintage paperback lovers out there, here’s something we don’t see every day: Huxley from the 1950s. Just look at those cover designs! These are all Bantam printings:
Crome Yellow (1959 printing, first published in 1921, Huxley’s first novel) – $5.00 Ape and Essence (1958 printing, first published in 1948) – $5.00 Brave New World (1955 printing, first published in 1932) – $5.00
Below is an example of the stunning wraparound cover art commissioned specifically for each book from a variety of contemporary artists of the 1960s. It’s the work of Jacob Landau featured on The Screwtape Letters.
This is a 9-volume set in great condition for $24.00.
The Time Reading Program (TRP), was a book sales club run by Time–Life, the publisher of Time magazine, from 1962 through 1966. Time was known for its magazines, and nonfiction book series’ published under the Time-Life imprint, while the TRP books were reprints of an eclectic set of literature, both classic and contemporary, as well as nonfiction works and topics in history.
What I find really spectacular about these books is the unique wraparound cover art for each one. A diverse group of contemporary artists of the time were commissioned to create works specifically for these editions and a bunch of the resulting covers won design awards.
We were able to gather an 8-volume set of nonfiction works from the Time Reading Program and it’s currently available for $24.00 (photos above are of this nonfiction set).
Tomorrow I’ll be sharing photos of the fiction set we’ve gathered as well!
A new arrival in our vintage fiction paperbacks is The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton. I knew with just a glance at the eye-catching cover art that it was created by iconic graphic designer Milton Glaser, whose work has graced the cover of multitudes of books throughout his career. This paperback is a Capricorn Books Edition, 1960.
Our price is $3.00 – pick it up in-store or online.
Among our new arrivals, this recent publication (2014) of Jane Austen Cover to Cover: 200 Years of Classic Covers by Margaret C. Sullivan stood out. This large book is beautifully designed and features Jane Austen book cover art through the years, plus lots of quotes, quips, and facts by and about Austen and her novels.
We have a number of Star Trek paperback novels from the late ’60s through the ’70s now available!
Pictured above are the series of twelve James Blish adaptations from the Star Trek: The Original Series TV episodes. These are all in good condition and prices vary from $6.00 to $7.00 each. For more general information about the James Blish books, see here.
Also available are eight of a series of ten Alan Dean Foster Star Trek: Log Series books (pictured above). These are short story adaptations from the Star Trek: The Animated Series episodes. I’m fond of the cover illustrations on this series; the art is cited as by Filmation Associates. These are also in great condition and are $5.00 each.