Modern Writers Series

Harold Shaylor (London, UK)
Series dates: 1930-1931
Size: 4.5″ x 6.75″

logoA short-lived publisher, Harold Shaylor had been the manager of Brentano’s London publishing office when he acquired their interests and established his own firm in 1930. A hundred or so titles were published, including about 10 titles in the Modern Writers Series. Shaylor died (at 51) in 1932 and the firm went bankrupt around the same time.

Shaylor’s Modern Writers Series is an example of a series of original books, in this case, focused on biographies of modern writers. Jackets are common to the series, indicate price (3s./6d.) on the spine and front flap. Jerrold’s biography of Alfred Noyes was first published in 1930. At this point, there were 5 books in the series, listed on the front flap.


A prospectus for the series is included on the back of the jacket.


Bindings were above average in quality, dark brown with gold stamping.


Half title page includes the series name and the name of the book and author.


The five titles (at the time) in the series are listed on the page facing the title page.


Publication and printing data faces a “Publisher’s Note” that details the goals of the series.