Have MLs in DJ become an endangered species?

Sharon Biederman sbiederm at nova.umuc.edu
Thu Dec 12 12:55:47 EST 2002


    There is no question that the supply of older ML editions in dust
jacket is dwindling, but I don't think this problem is limited to the
Modern Library.  In general, bookstores are not acquiring better stock in
the ways they did in the past.  Because so many used book stores have
closed, people have fewer opportunities to walk in and sell their old
books, which used to be a wonderful source of inventory.  Bookseller trade
publications with Wanted and For Sale features have also disappeared in
the last few years.  

   Although I also buy and sell on ebay, I would strongly encourage ML
collectors and collectors in general to visit their local used
bookstores.  In general you will find better prices and have the
satisfaction of patronizing a business that needs your support.  


On Thu, 12 Dec 2002, j b krygier wrote:

> Two local bookstores that keep a ML bookcase
> seem to have a regular supply - about the same
> as when I moved to central OH five years ago.
> Mostly hard-cover, but I did get a flex Gautier
> with a DJ for $8 a month or so back.
> Another that does not segregate MLs seems to
> provide me with something I don't have about
> once every other month (this is a store with
> lots of 40s and earlier books).  A recent trip to
> Madison WI also found the one bookstore there
> that has a case full of MLs to have about the
> same as usual.  This is a place that turns up
> DJed copies of titles like "The Island Within."
> A few other bookstores there had a few dozen
> nice MLs in stock.
> So from this limited assessment - stores that
> seek out MLs or have access to old stock seem
> to have a decent supply.  Alas - most are the
> more common titles from the 50s and later.
> I might be willing to say that bookstores that
> don't have a ML section seem to have fewer MLs
> than maybe 5 years ago - sort of corresponding
> to fewer and fewer older (pre 60s) books in
> general.
> But then eBay seems to consistently have about
> 400 MLs at any given time and that number does
> not seem to vary much.
> There are still alot of MLs out there.  But it
> takes alot of time to root them out.  Columbus
> and Madison are ML cities, and I certainly
> agree that Milwaukee (near my hometown) is not
> anymore.  I guess a ML city would be one with
> at least one bookstore with a substantial case
> of MLs.  Someone needs to make a map.
> jk

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