Naked (jacketless) MLs
kamins at dogeared.com
Sun Apr 8 14:22:47 EDT 2001
In his recent e-mail Pete said (in part):
> Just remember it is the DJ that makes the series
Ah, doctrinal disputes -- you gotta love 'em!
I think that the dust jackets is ONE of the elements that makes the
series so collectable.
Another aspect would be the canonical element. Taking any date in the
history of Modern Library after the series had enough titles in it (say
1928 as the break point), one could argue that, if you were to read every
book in the current catalog, you would have accomplished the reading list
a decent liberal arts degree. This would make a far better library then
that piece of junk that Adler came up with at the University of Chicago
MANY years later.
Not that this argument couldn't be made for other series, such as
Everyman and (to a more limited degree) the Harvard Classics, Loeb, and
so on. It's here that Pete's argument about the dust jackets begins to
hold sway, particularly if we go to the wonderful 1930's illustrated dust
jackets -- my top-notch favorite period.
Collecting The Modern Library 1917-1970
(because fanaticism is not limited to politics, religion, or economics)
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