paperback first and bemelmans

Sharon Biederman sbiederm at
Mon Apr 7 16:00:28 EDT 2003


    If three or four titles were published at once, do we know that none
of them were reprinted before other books were added to the list?   Are
there records of paperback printings?

    It seems to me that we have three kinds of ML paperback "firsts":
1) true paperback originals like Styron's The Long March, 
2) paperback reprints of books apearing for the first time in the Modern
3) paperback versions of titles that appeared earlier as MLs in another

Both #2 and #3 are "first thus" but the latter seems a weaker collectible
to me (in terms of pricing), much more like a Modern Library College


On Mon, 7 Apr 2003, Gordon Neavill wrote:

> Answer to the second question is yes--if the number of a ML paperback is 
the same as the highest number in the list of titles in the series it's a 
first.  It's usually a first if it's one of the 3 or 4 highest numbers, since 
several ML Paperback titles were usually published together.
> Based on information submitted by the list, the only response I can make at present to the first question is "I don't know."
> Barry
>   ----- Original Message ----- 
>   From: acpertusi at 
>   To: modlib at 
>   Sent: Monday, April 07, 2003 11:28 AM
>   Subject: paperback first and bemelmans
>   hello group:
>   recently I asked the group two questions and failed each time to get a response.
>   I`ll try again, but please let me know if procedureally I am doing something wrong.
>   first, is the bemelmans dust jacket without titles on the back the true first ,or not.
>   does anyone know for certain.
>   second, is a paperback without a first indication on the copyright page, still an
>   official first if the last title on the back cover is the number and title of the book itself.
>   thank you.
>   anthony pertusi 

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