Sunday, September 2, 2007

Wartime paperbacks

Here we have a pocket paperback of John Steinbeck's The Moon Is Down, from 1942...

...and this from 1941, purporting to be the diary of a Luftwaffe pilot. The cover artist is Gerald Gregg, who drew a lot of Dell paperback covers in the Forties. I may have to sit down with this one, before I send it along. Have to be careful, though. In addition to being 60 years old, it's a disposable wartime book, printed on materials even cheaper than normal paperbacks. It's a miracle that these are in as good a shape as they are.

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