Have MLs in DJ become an endangered species?

Jay Satterfield jsatterf at midway.uchicago.edu
Thu Dec 12 12:59:57 EST 2002

I am not a collector so I never go after rarities, but I did need a nice 
selection of exemplars from different periods when I was writing the 
dissertation that turned into the book recently published.  I was able to 
gather together what I now realize is a pretty good shelf of MLs in dust 
jackets in just a few months in Iowa City.  There were plenty of titles on 
the shelves of the used bookstores there.  The note below that Columbus and 
Madison are good ML cities, and my own experience with Iowa City suggests 
that the key to access to a good supply of MLs is proximity to a large 

Jay Satterfield

At 11:24 AM 12/12/02, you wrote:
>Matthew Buckingham wrote:
>>In the recent exchange on erratum slips, I got the sense from several
>>contributors that finding MLs in dust jacket (in bookstores) is becoming
>>difficult to near impossible. Is this true?
>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
>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.

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