The Blue Jade Library
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These volumes are attractively bound (I've not yet found one with a dust jacket) and typically include an introduction by contemporary writers and connoisseurs of the unusual, such as Carl Van Vechten and Edmund Gosse. If anyone has more information on the Blue Jade Library series and the editors and authors involved with it, I encourage you to post or to contact me (I do have a list of the works included in the BJL).
It's still a bit of a mystery as to who actually selected the works for the collection, but it seems that Carl Van Vechten had a lot to do with it, especially considering that James Weldon Johnson's Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, which is not exactly a decadent work like the rest of the library, was reprinted in a Blue Jade Edition.
There seemed to be a general tend to "libraries" in the 20s, but of the Blue Jade collection stands out, for me at least, as the most ecclectic (saying three hail marys...), curious and aesthetically pleasing of the lot (right now I can only recall the farm-boy/milkmaid plainness of Boni and Liveright).
I just found this 2007 thread about the Blue Jade Library. I'm seeking a list of the contents and would so appreciate it if you could let me know how I might get a list of the contents. Thank you!!
As interesting as it might be, unless the books are exclusive to that publisher series, it is not appropriate to create a series page for them on LT. The last para of the OP seems to indicate that at least some of the books were reprinted for this publisher series.
Here's a picture of a BJL with a jacket, click to enlarge pic
And here's a much less expensive one that advertises a jacket, though it's not pictured:
James Morier: The Adventures of Hadji Baba of Ispahan
The Memoirs of Carlo Goldoni
Theophile Gautier: A Romantic in Spain
Martin A.S. Holme: Sir Walter Raleigh
Francis de Quevedo-Villegas: Pablo de Segovia
Auguste Villiers de L'Isle-Adam: Sardonic Tales
Frederick Rolfe: Hadrian the Seventh
Multatuli (Eduard Douwes Dekker): Max Havelaar
The Letters of Abelard and Heloise
Haldane MacFall: The Wooing of Jezebel Pettyfer
Stendhal: The Life of Henri Brulard
A. Kippis: Captain Cook's Voyages
Morley Roberts: Rachel Marr (edited after all these years to include a concentrated summation of this author by Crowley: "The cobbler of trashy novelettes".)
Marmaduke Pickthall: Said the Fisherman
Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly: The Diaboliques
Richard Garnett: The Twilight of the Gods
James Weldon Johnson: The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
Once again, the touchstones are dysfunctional....
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