Brainpickings has collected images of the first ads for famous books, from The Great Gatsby to Slaughterhouse-Five to The Joy Of Sex.
One thing that strikes me about these ads is just how many WORDS there are. Book ads these days seem to consist of a pretty picture and a single praising pull quote, while these vintage ads include lengthy plot summaries and author bios.
Also, Truman Capote has a great seductive look and Toni Morrison has the best hair.
See more book ads here. All images come from Read Me: A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements via Brainpickings.