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Everyman's Library Pricing Colors and Symbols

 

Everyman's Library used different dust jacket colors to indicate different pricing levels during the period of time from 1953 to 1970 (except in the U.S.A.).  This pricing was "according to the length and nature of the work."  There were initially two colors from 1953 to 1956 (red and blue).  In 1956 green and yellow/brown were added, followed later by lilac in 1962 then white in 1965, with each addition being a higher price level.  (These dates are based on information provided by the Collecting Everyman's Library website.)

Symbols were also used to indicate the price level, and appeared on the dust jacket front flap and in catalogs.  The colors and symbols associated with the price level are shown below.


Level

Color

Symbol

Example

Red *  
2 Blue  
3 Green  
4 Yellow1    
5 Lilac  
6 White  
1 Brown was also used for this level

Occasionally price levels changed as shown by the dust jacket changing color.  Here is an example of Steele's The Tatler changing from red to blue:

 

Here is an example of Spenser's Faerie Queene (Volume 1) changing color twice, from blue to green to yellow:

   

The Life of Benvenuto Cellini shows a later style jacket changing, from green to lilac:

 

 
 

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