New Dogeared Article: 1928 & 1929 Gift Sets

Scot Kamins kamins at
Sat Nov 29 12:37:22 EST 2003

At 10:23 AM -0700 11/29/03, Ron Thoman wrote:
>I realize these are probably very rare, but can someone address how rare
>they are, as individual volumes, and as sets in their boxes.  I've never
>seen a real example of either.  And what would the values be on those?

The boxes are almost unknown. Barry reported seeing a crumbling box 
on a trip he took within the last couple of years (memory fades - 
mine, not his); I think he said that was the first set he had seen. 
One was displayed at the Modern Library conference in Burbank in late 
1999; that was the only box I've ever seen.

Individual volumes will pop up more frequently than sets, of course, 
but they're quite scarce especially in jacket.

I think putting a price on them is quite difficult. Maybe Pete 
Chocheles will take a stab at this one!

Scot Kamins

"Modern Library books are intended to be read and not just to be 
stuck away in bookcases like old sets of Balzac and Victor Hugo..."
                    - Bennett Cerf

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