Aldine Library

J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd (London, UK)
Series Dates: 1938-1940
Size: 5.5″ x 8″

Dent is best known for the Everyman’s Library series but published several other series during the 20th century. One of the more significant was the Wayfarer’s Library, which included modern fiction and non-fiction not suitably classic or distinguished enough for Everyman’s Library. The Wayfarer’s series was phased out in the 1930s. The Aldine Library was a short-lived, pre-WW2 series of modern non-fiction, much of it from Dent’s back catalog, possibly an attempt to revive a more modern series of reprints, akin to Wayfarer’s Library (which faded away in the mid-1930s). The blurb on the back jacket flap explains the goals of the series:


The books in the Aldine Library were significantly larger than those in Everyman’s Library. The jackets common in design, with Dent’s toothy dolphin and anchor colophon (adapted from the Venetian printer, Aldus Manutius).


The list of the first 12 titles in the Aldine Library. Six more titles were printed, making a total of 18.