From a book review + Buckrams
j b krygier
jbkrygie at cc.owu.edu
Thu Apr 12 08:56:36 EDT 2001
Hi ModLib Folks,
Been meaning to reply to a few ModLib postings...
JOSEPH HILL wrote:
> ......Mathew Brady became interested in writing while working as a radio
Who is Mathew Brady? Please excuse my literary ignorance.
> operator abord an aircraft carrier during World War II. He and a mate
> began to add notes on shipboard life to the Armed Forces News that was
> distributed daily throughout the ship.
> Shipyard workers at Swan Island,who built the carrier,had donated
> the complete Modern Library,and this served as inspiration.......
> Three questions?
> 1. Were these books perhaps buckrum bindings?
Am I correct in recalling that buckrams were a phenomena
of the 1920s and 1960s only?
I asked Scot Kamins this but he didn't know: Were buckrams
sold the same way regular Modern Library editions were - on
the shelf in bookstores - or were they special order?
Also, did they cost more than regular MLs?
> 2. Had this been done more then once by the shipyard workers?
> 3. Did Random House help supply a ships library?
I found a copy of "Best American Humorous Short Stories"
(binding #8, the rarer Jessup edited edition which was replaced
by an updated ed. by Linscott in 1945) with a faint stamp in
the front: "Property of US Navy: Distributed by District
Recreation Officer: Eleventh Naval District, San Diego
California." No other markings and both the book and DJ
are in great shape, so I guess it was not a typical library book.
Joseph Hill's question is still open - did Random House dontate
these books or were they offered at a discount or just purchased
j b k r y g i e r
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