Alcoa Mystery: More info

Gordon Neavill aa3401 at
Tue Apr 22 11:20:06 EDT 2003

It would be difficult to remove original endpapers from bound volumes and
replace them cleanly with metallic endpapers, especially in the area of the
crease between the boards and the spine.  It would also be difficult to get
inserted endpapers to match the dimensions of the text block excactly.
Normal practice is to attach the endpapers to the text block, then trim the
whole thing to size before adding the cloth binding.

RH was actively trying to peddle ML books as premiums in 1965.  I don't find
anything in my notes about Alcoa, but I do have an exchange of
correspondence (February 1965) in which ML books were offered to the RCA
Record Club for use as premiums.  The idea was that people joining the Club
would receive ML books rather than (or in addition to?) records.  Kind of a
goofy idea; as far as I know the RCA Record Club never adopted the proposal.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Scot Kamins" <kamins at>
To: "ML LIstServ" <modlib at>
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2003 10:22 AM
Subject: Alcoa Mystery: More info

> Here's some more stuff that John sent about the Alcoa material:
> "...there's nothing on the djs to indicate modern library, and
> there's no clues in the books to suggest a special printing.
> However, the metallic endpapers, with compliments of the Corporate
> Design Division of Alcoa label, are different, and are pasted onto
> Modern Library books.  Could it be that these are run of the mill
> books with specialized endpapers and possibly covers?  The Quixote
> book does have a complete catalogue of MLs in the back, that would
> date the printing to 1965, I Bellow/Augie March, but yes
> to Camus, Fall & Exile and etc.
> "I bought this set at a Chicago bookstore this last Saturday, and
> paid only $20, so have no big investment, but I do have a lot of
> curiosity about them."
> Seems to me that the DJ's were privately printed NOT by Random House.
> I'm betting that ALcoa bought a bunch of books and made the changes
> themselves.
> --
> Scot Kamins
> Portland Oregon Real Estate Broker
> (with Scott Trahan Realty Brokerage)
> "I Listen."
> (503) 997-0199

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