Modern Library Mini Paperbacks
In February 1996 the Modern Library published a set of six
"mini" paperbacks for Valentines Day. Apparently, the idea
was to have additional sets in this "mini paperback" series for
other holidays, and Henry Toledano has stated that others were
announced, but never published.
The format for each title is the same. The front cover has a background of white and gold horizontal bars with a torchbearer, title, author, and themed picture. The back cover has the same background, with a solid gold box containing the price ($1.99 USA, $2.75 Canada), a blurb about the title, a list of the six ML mini paperbacks, and the ISBN plus bar code in a white box. The ISBNs were allocated sequentially, almost in alphabetical order by author last name (Wilde is out of place).
The inside rear cover states "A selection of the over
140 Modern Library hardcovers" followed by around twenty titles.
The list of titles is unique to each book, and is related to the
author and/or book subject matter. For example, Colette's
Bella-Vista list contains only female authors, and other titles
contain within the list additional titles by the same author.
The reader is given contact information to write for information
An example front and back for Wilde's Salome is shown below.
A list of the six titles follows, with links to cover images on their respective author pages.