It's a history book! It's a bibliography! It's a picture book!
Whoa, whoa, gang. The Doubleday Crime Club Compendium is a history book and a bibliography and a picture book all in one!
(Wow! Tastes great. And just look at that shine!)
Detailing the publishing history of the Crime Club series of detective novels from the very first book in April 1, 1928 (Happy would-be 83rd Birthday Crime Club) to its final days in 1991 this book is a love letter to both the publishing industry and the mystery novel. Ellen Nehr, well known to many of the regular contributors to Friday's Forgotten Books, did a remarkable job culling tidbits of info about the authors and books published over the eight decades the Crime Club lasted.
|The 1st "Crime Club" book published April 1, 1928|
It's a dangerous book to have for a biblioholic like myself. Just looking at the photos all over again makes me want to go off searching the internet for several of the books and spend hundreds of dollars so I can add them to my own collection. And I have a closetful of Crime Club books already. I know, I know -- everything in moderation. Believe me, I'm learning.
You'll find more gorgeous photos and artwork in a variety of coffee table books from the usual suspects in the list of Friday's Forgotten Books posted here.