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Modern Library covers (1977–80 reissues)

Contributed by Stephen Coles on Dec 7th, 2016. Artwork published in
circa 1977
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    The Best Short Stories of Dostoevsky
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    The Best Short Stories of Dostoevsky

    Gordon B. Neavill (1979). The Modern Library Series: Format and Design, 1917–1977. Printing History, 1(1), 26–37:

    In the mid-1970s, as the prices of both paperback and hardbound books escalated, Random House began to hope that there might again be a market for comparatively inexpensive hardbound editions of classics. In the spring of 1977 thirty-two Modern Library titles were reissued in newly designed jackets and bindings. The reissues included titles from the old regular and Giants series and were priced between $4.95 and $7.95.

    A classical appearance was sought for the reissues, and an attempt was made to keep costs as low as possible. The dust jackets, designed by Random House’s corporate art director R. D. Scudellari, employ a uniform typographic design and are printed in two colors on uncoated tan paper. [S. Neil] Fujita’s version of the torch-bearer appears in ocher and the author and title, lettered by the free-lance typographer Ray Cruz, are in one of four colors: dark maroon, blue, dark gray, or green. The binding material is smooth, rust-colored Kraft paper. The books are perfect bound instead of sewn. In contrast to the 1960s, when the Modern Library switched to offset printing for most titles, many of the reissues are printed letterpress.

    Thanks to Paul Shaw for his help researching this series.

    Goodbye Columbus by Philip Roth
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    Goodbye Columbus by Philip Roth

    Bulfinch’s Mythology
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    Bulfinch’s Mythology

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
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    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

    The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire
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    The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire

    Dubliners by James Joyce
Saint Joan, Major Barbara, Androcles and the Lion by Bernard Shaw
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
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    Dubliners by James Joyce
    Saint Joan, Major Barbara, Androcles and the Lion by Bernard Shaw
    The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

    The Origin of Species & The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin
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    The Origin of Species & The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

    Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
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    Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

    Thirty Famous One-Act Plays
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    Thirty Famous One-Act Plays

    The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
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    The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

    Great Classical Myths
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    Great Classical Myths

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    Great Ages & Ideas of the Jewish People
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    Great Ages & Ideas of the Jewish People

    Great Tales of Terror & the Supernatural
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    Great Tales of Terror & the Supernatural

    The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire
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    The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire

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    1 Comment on “Modern Library covers (1977–80 reissues)”

    1. Roque Strew says:
      Dec 9th, 2016  7:30 pm

      Fine work of excavation, Stephen (and Paul)

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