A Big Fish That Got Away

Luther Meitzner meitzner at meitzner.worldonline.co.uk
Tue Jun 26 10:51:30 EDT 2001

When I was first becoming interested in Modern Library collecting I found a
leatherette copy of Blake's Poems w/dust jacket in a store in Tacoma.  Being
new to the genre I thought it couldn't really be Modern Library (had never
seen leatherette before) and passed on the unbelievable price of $1.  Good
thing I have a sense of humor....   I also once passed on a binding #8 copy
of New Grub Street w/dj, not quite so bad but still, it hurts.

The indispensable Price Guide educated me and highlighted the error of my
ways.  Thanks Henry, for letting me know how stupid I was.


----- Original Message -----
From: "John Krygier" <jbkrygie at cc.owu.edu>
To: <modlib at algol.owu.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2001 3:07 PM
Subject: Re: A Big Fish That Got Away

> Scot Kamins wrote:
> > In a recent e-mail, GOODBOOKS at webtv.net said (in part):
> >
> > >At that show was a ML  copy of The Great Gatsby,a presentation copy
> > >Scott to Zelda.
> > >"To my darling Zelda...etc,etc,etc,"
> > >Price: $2,600
> > >I did not buy the book,I would do so today.
> >
> > Not nearly as big, but my tale of woe:
> >
> > Seven years ago I saw a copy of Dracula with the bat-wing DJ in a small
> > shop in Burbank. I didn't buy it because I thought it was too
expensive -
> > $25.00
> Not even a year ago I walked into an East Coast used
> bookstore and found several flex MLs w/DJ (two
> Sudermann titles, Arrowsmith, Proust) for about 8$
> each.  The bookseller told me she sold a pristine ML
> copy of "The Great Gatsby" in DJ a few days earlier.
> Later that day, at a different store, I did find fine flex
> copies of Sons and Lovers and of Huysmans Against
> the Grain in DJ for about $10 each.  I guess that made
> me feel a bit better.  Not much.
> Speaking of 'big fish': what is the highest price a ML
> edition has sold for?
> I am assuming the highest prices would be for copies
> like the Gatsby Joe Hill mentions - inscribed - sold to
> non-modern library collectors (not that ML collectors
> won't shell out the bucks - as for the Illustrated Alice).
> JK
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