ID 1st Turgenev "Smoke"

Fri Feb 13 17:16:09 EST 2004

You have the first printing of Turgenev's SMOKE.  SMOKE was 
actually published in spring 1920, along with most of the 
other titles listed as 1919 titles in Henry's Guide.  (Many 
of these books are dated 1919 but didn't actually appear 
until 1920; most of the titles Henry lists for 1920 actually 
appeared in 1921.)

There were 12 distinct lists of titles in ML books published 
by Boni and Liveright.  I call these lists A-L.  Lists A-E 
appeared opposite the title page; lists F-L appeared in the 
back matter.  The titles in lists F-G are identical; list F 
has a jagged rule below the heading "Modern Library of the 
World's Best Books" and list G has a double rule below the 
heading.  Both of these lists occupy 6 pages.

The list at the end of the first printing of SMOKE is the 
one I call list G.  The blurb before the catalog is the one 
I call "pub. note B2"; the 4-line pub. note facing the title 
page (Turn to the end of this | volume for a complete | list 
of titles in the | Modern Library) is pub. note A1.

Barry Neavill

---- Original message ----
>Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2004 13:28:8 -0700
>From: "Ron Thoman" <rgthoman at>  
>Subject: ID 1st Turgenev "Smoke"  
>To: "ModLiblistserv" <modlib at>
>   I have a BL copy, spine 2, no dj.  The blurb before
>   the catalog in the back of the book says it is a
>   complete catalog "including those published during
>   the Fall of Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen."  But the
>   list includes "Best Humorous American Short Stories"
>   and Latzko "Men in War", which the Guide on page102
>   says was added to the list in 1920.  None of the
>   rest of the 1920 list shown on page 102 of the guide
>   are in the catalog. 
>   So, is this a copy from Spring 1920 despite what the
>   catalog intro said, therefore not a ML first
>   edition?  And if so, why weren't more of the titles
>   shown for 1920 in the Guide included in the catalog.
>   The guide doesn't give any other identifier for a
>   first of this title.
>   Ron Thoman
>   rgthoman at

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