Modern Library Reprints coming
j b krygier
jbkrygie at owu.edu
Mon Jan 21 10:44:48 EST 2002
GrmChiTown at aol.com wrote:
> Here is an excerpt from Random House's Modern Library e-mail which I
> "Random House, the Modern LibraryÄôs mother company, is celebrating
> its 75
> th Anniversary this year. In honor of this auspicious event, Random
> is reprinting a number of its classic bestsellers, all featuring the
> original covers. The Modern Library is also joining the party and
> reprint many of its classics in beautiful new editions reminiscent of
> originals -- so keep your eyes open, IÄôll be pointing them out in
> Personally I have mixed feelings about their idea. But maybe the
> reprint editions might alert a new generation of buyers to the beauty
> of the original items?
I do know that in the realm of old collectable maps, reproductions
tend to draw attention to the original maps, and consequently drive
the prices of originals up. I assume the same happens with art.
Modern Library books are not quite as scarce or collectable as olde
maps or art, but would guess, as Gordon notes, that a few select
ML reprints - if they replicate the old ML look closely, may attract
more folks to the originals.
This could usher in a whole new era of confusion on eBay and
other internet sources of MLs - are you bidding on an original or
a new edition?
I am curious which era MLs they intend to replicate (1920s? 30s?
post WW2?) and how closely they intend to replicate these books -
just the DJs or the book and DJ. I am trying to decide if I would
rather see the 30s pictorial DJed MLs replicated, or the 50s era.
I am also wondering if Random House retains copyrights on the
old ML DJs, and what the might think of Scot's DJ collection
on-line at dogeared?
j b k r y g i e r
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