Zodiac Press

The Zodiac Press (London, UK) / Chatto & Windus  (London, UK)
Series dates: 1946-1988
Size: 5.5″ x 8.25″

zodiac_press_logoA full-size (8vo) series of classics initiated by Chatto & Windus under their Zodiac Press imprint in 1946. The series was sold in the U.S. (starting in 1952, for $3 a copy) by the Grove Press. There do not seem to be copies of the Zodiac Press series with the Grove Press imprint. Like the short gift-book series the Zodiac Books, the Zodiac Press series featured creative patterned bindings created with assistance from the fabric printing industry. Common jackets were replaced by illustrated jackets in the early 1970s. The series was reprinted until 1987 when Chatto & Windus was absorbed by Random House.

The 1947 copy of Austen’s Sense and Sensibility has a common jacket design used through at least 1972. The price of 7s./6d. is indicated on the otherwise blank front jacket flap.

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Titles published (and soon to be published) as of 1947 are listed on the back of the jacket.

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Each book had a patterned cloth binding.

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Half title page.

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Very brief biography of the author faces a color title page.

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Copyright page indicates for at least this Austin title the book was co-published by Chatto & Windus with Oxford University Press.

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