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Synopsis : Few realized in 1938 that a revolution was about to take place. A little book appeared in drugstores and on newsstands that would fit into the jacket pocket of an ordinary person. There was no real binding, no dust jacket, just a colorful, laminated cover. It was an experiment, and the pocket book was born. Copies jumped off the shelves. The publisher was encouraged to bring out more, and by summer of 1939 people were reading them everywhere. Regarded by many as disposable distractions, a few people put them aside and started collections that we realize today are a precious archive of American culture. From the glittering images of square-jawed cowboys to the gritty slum-dwellers of social realism, The Great American Paperback is a bountiful museum of over 600 brilliant covers, each of them a miniature gem, evocative of the fashions and attitudes of its era. This book is destined to become a classic among librarians and graphic designers alike.
Critique: Penzler Pick, October 2001: There may be some irony in the notion that a book devoted to paperbacks (the most inexpensive book format--small, easily transportable and disposable) is a huge, expensive, beautifully produced hardcover volume that is certain to be a gem in any collector's library.
For several centuries books in America customarily were pages bound between hardcovers and, in this century, had dust jackets wrapped around them, initially just to protect the cloth covers, but eventually as an attention-grabbing advertising poster.
In 1938, an experiment was launched. The cloth cover was exchanged for a paper one, and the colorful illustration and information that appeared on the dust jacket (author, title, publisher, a few lines about the book) was printed directly onto those paper covers. Cheaper paper was used, since these artifacts were no longer expected to form part of a permanent library, but were to be as disposable as a newspaper or magazine. And they were cheap: a 25-cent price made books affordable for a huge portion of the population. They became immeasurably successful almost overnight.
Today many of those books are highly sought-after collectors' items. In spite of the huge numbers printed, they are scarce now simply because almost no one ever thought to save them in colorful, pristine condition. The Great American Paperback illustrates in glorious full color more than 600 of the most interesting and collectable paperbacks, each with an informative caption that provides as much fascinating anecdotal information as the text, which is a masterly and scholarly history of the American paperback, tracing its roots to the early 19th century and concluding with a look at the future.
There are samples of the paperback originals of Ed McBain, Richard Stark, Jim Thompson, Harlan Ellison, and James M. Cain, as well as illustrations of such rarities as The Maltese Falcon, which was issued as a paperback with a dust jacket, and Ellery Queen's Halfway House, which was offered in two formats by the publisher, one bound the usual way, the other bound at the top edge.
If this massive work hadn't been produced in Hong Kong, it would have cost twice as much and is, believe it or not, a bargain, even at a price as hefty as the book itself. --Otto Penzler
Titre : THE GREAT AMERICAN PAPERBACK
Reliure : Hard Cover
Etat du livre : NEAR FINE
Description du livre Collectors Press, 2001. État : Very Good. 1st American ed. N/A. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. N° de réf. du libraire GRP66287934
Description du livre Collectors Press, 2001. État : Used. This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. N° de réf. du libraire ABE_book_usedgood_1888054506
Description du livre Collectors Press. Hardcover. État : GOOD. Some wear on book from reading, some spine creases, wear on binding and pages. N° de réf. du libraire 2642488067
Description du livre Collectors Press, 2001. Hardcover. État : Good. DUST JACKET IS INCLUDED WITH MINOR WEAR. GOOD CONDITION - MINOR SHELF WEAR, NO CREASES, CLEAN & PRESENTABLE. D3-208 Good Condition: May include notes, markings, underlining, highlighting. Bent corners, scuffed edges and creased pages. Cover may have minor creasing, denting, scuffing, chipping, worn edges and shelf wear. For any special accomodations, please contact us prior to your purchase. We ship out all orders within 2 business days. Your purchase of this used item will go towards the funding of programs for the Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire where we are "Changing lives and strengthening communities, through the dignity and power of work!". N° de réf. du libraire mon0000287711
Description du livre Collectors Press. Hardcover. État : VERY GOOD. Very Good: Cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. May have light creases on the cover and binding. N° de réf. du libraire 2669588733
Description du livre Collectors Press, 2001. Hardcover. État : Used: Very Good. N° de réf. du libraire SONG1888054506
Description du livre Collectors Pr, Portland, Or, 2001. Hardcover. État : Very Good. Etat de la jaquette : Very Good. First American Edition. 12.25" x 9.25". [Art- Bks]. 319 pp. Color illustrations. Hardcover, bound in pictorial boards with dust jacket. Light shelf-wear. N° de réf. du libraire 052239
Description du livre Collectors Press, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A., 2001. Hardcover. État : Fine. Etat de la jaquette : Fine. First Edition. 1st edition, Fine in Fine DJ. See page 306 for the cover of the book we (Wrigley-Cross Books) published. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. N° de réf. du libraire 0047933
Description du livre Collectors Press, 2001. État : Good. 1st American ed. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. N° de réf. du libraire GRP90099129
Description du livre Collectors Press. État : Used - Like New. Collectors Press. Portland, OR, 2001. Cloth. Folio. 320 Pages. Illustrated. N° de réf. du libraire B06859