Yellow Jacket Series

Hodder & Stoughton (London, UK)
Series dates: 1923-1939; 1949-1957
Size: 4.5″ x 7″ (1949-1957)


A popular series of reprinted contemporary authors, Hodder & Stoughton’s Yellow Jacket Series was issued over 16 years prior to WW2, then revived for about a decade in the 1950s. The early series was known for its mysteries, detective stories, westerns, and thrillers. A paperback series was also issued. The later series reissued some of the same titles.

A copy of Cecil Robert’s A Terrace in the Sun was printed in 1951. Jackets in the post WW2 series have a general design pattern that incorporates the yellow used in the earlier incarnation of the series. The series name is found at the base of the jacket spine, but not elsewhere on the jacket nor in the book. It’s possible that Hodder & Stoughton felt the yellow color and their imprint was enough to communicate that the book was in the Yellow Jacket Series. Price is on the jacket flap and spine, 6/- net.


The back of the jacket advertises the publisher’s Teach Yourself series published by Hodder & Stoughton for the English Universities Press Ltd (London, UK). That series was published from 1938 to 1973 when Hodder & Stoughton took over the series. It continues to be published to date. A list of Yellow Jacket Series titles is included on the rear jacket flap, organized by author.


Basic blue cloth bindings with gold type.


Half title page:


A list of Cecil Roberts’ other books faces the title page.


The copyright page includes the year of printing.