Pictorial DJs 1932-1938 (1 of 6)

The Modern Library began using pictorial dust jackets in 1928. After a few pictorial designs used sparingly from 1928 through 1931 to promote sales of targeted titles, they began using pictorials in earnest in 1932. Between 1932 and 1938, they printed at least 140 titles using the style you'll find most prominently displayed in these six pages, Toledano style Dj 6 (with seven philosophy titles—James, Marx, Nietzsche, Plato, two Schopenhauers, and Spinoza—done in the Ugly Goddess style of DJ 7). They tapered off in 1938, moving on to other pictorial designs, and few Dj 6s remained after that.

The real mystery is how they chose titles to appear in the new pictorial format, and which they left to the more conservative text style Dj 4. Why one Dostoyevski (The Brothers Karamazov) and not others (Crime and Punishment, The Possessed)? Why not Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter?

At any rate, we can be grateful for the ones that did make it to the new format. If you know of any that are missing from these pages, let your editor know.

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