Dates on MLs

Gordon Neavill aa3401 at
Fri Jul 6 11:32:04 EDT 2001

No special reason.  Copyright dates are supposed to be printed on
copyrighted books and usually appear on the verso of the title page.
Sometimes the copyright date refers to the original American publisher's
copyright, sometimes to introductions or other matter original to the ML
edition.  Until recently most publishers (with a few exceptions) didn't
bother to date each printing.  I guess they figured book buyers weren't
interested in such information.  They obviously didn't foresee the rise of
ML collecting.


----- Original Message -----
From: "John Krygier" <jbkrygie at>
To: "ModLib List" <modlib at>
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2001 10:02 AM
Subject: Dates on MLs

> Hi ModLib folks,
> A question for the ML experts: Was there any particular reason
> that ML did not indicate dates of reprint in ML editions?
> A bookseller asked me this question - she noted MLs with late
> 1800s dates on them that were obviously printed in the 1960s
> as an example (maybe a Hardy title).  This is also a problem on
> eBay were sellers assume the date on the ML is the date of printing
> ('in great shape for a book printed in 1897!).
> I am assuming if there were dates on MLs they were there because
> of copyright.
> But why not include a date of reprinting (like Everyman's Library)?
> JK
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