Gordon Neavill, Re: bemelmans;my war with the united states

John M. Wolansky jwol at fast.net
Thu Feb 13 19:23:20 EST 2003


I have three copies, each with the 1st ML, and described as follows:

Thin book with 299 titles inside the DJ and 275 outside
Thick book with NO titles inside the DJ and 250 outside
Thick book with 278 titles inside and 250 outside

So, which is the true first DJ?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gordon Neavill" <aa3401 at wayne.edu>
To: <modlib at algol.owu.edu>
Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2003 7:22 AM
Subject: Re: bemelmans;my war with the united states


> I believe the printing on thicker paper without a list of titles inside
the
> jacket is the first.  My War with the United States was published in
October
> 1941, a few months before Pearl Harbor; later printings were made during
> wartime when paper shortages were a continuing problem.
>
> My War with the United States, like The Thurber Carnival, was printed by
> offset lithography, which accounts for retention of the First statement on
> subsequent printings (see my column in MLC 44).  If the first printing
> jacket was printed by the same printer (and it looks to me as if it's also
> printed by offset lithography) that would explain the lack of a list.
Other
> ML jackets were printed letterpress, and the ML probably only had
> letterpress plates for the seasonal lists of titles inside the jackets.
>
> If anybody has a Bemelmans with a 278 (fall 1941) list inside the jacket
> please let me know.  I'm always delighted to be proved wrong!
>
> Barry
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jimmy Williamson" <jwslaw at jimmywilliamson.com>
> To: <modlib at algol.owu.edu>
> Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2003 12:14 AM
> Subject: bemelmans;my war with the united states
>
>
> > i have a question;
> > i have three copies with/dj, all marked first
> > i noticed two are noticeably thin (with dj title numbers 299 and 304)
> > one is thicker, more like other mls
> > that one has a dj (the back is "95 cents,the greatest book bargain in
> > america")
> > but the dj has no numbers or titles on the inside
> > it is blank , like post-63 djs
> > anybody seen this before?
> > just another one of the many printing anomalies?
> > something to do with the war?
> > any info would be appreciated
> > jw
> >
> >
> >
>
>
>




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