You can find a few posts on Inner Sanctum mysteries elsewhere on this blog (here and here) and I'll not repeat any of that information. I will add that I recently learned that radio producer Hiram Brown licensed the name for his classic radio show from Simon & Schuster under the condition that the latest monthly mystery released under the Inner Sanctum imprint be mentioned at the end of each broadcast.
The first Inner Sanctum book was I Am Jonathan Scrivener by Claude Houghton in 1930. There was no DJ art per se, rather the dust jackets featured an enlargement of the S&S colophon of the strolling figure against a sunrise and were color coded to signify the content of each book: blue for mainstream fiction, red for romance and comedy, green for mystery and detective stories. Only with the success of the radio program did the imprint become exclusively reserved for detective and mystery novels published by Simon & Schuster.
Below are several examples shown in order of publication date ranging from Puzzle for Players by Patrick Quentin (1938) to A Queer Kind of Death by George Baxt (1966). Click to enlarge on any of the images. Enjoy!
|Puzzle for Players - 1938|