125.1 FMLEd or not?

Ron Thoman rgthoman at earthlink.net
Wed Mar 10 18:55:51 EST 2004

Back in February Berry Neavill gave the reply below (re. my question on
Turgenev's "Smoke" regarding stated 1919 books issued in 1920 and stated
1920 books issued in 1921.

Now I have another, similar question.  I have a copy of Gissing's "New Grub
Street" (125.1), spine 4, which states itself as a "First Modern Library
Edition 1926" and introduction copyright 1926, but the catalog at the back
includes some (but not all) of the titles listed in the Guide as issued in

Is this the same situation as it was with "Smoke", i.e. what I have is a
first edition but it is a stated 1926 book issued in 1927?  Or in this case
is what I have not a first and FLMEd statement incorrect?

And is this so with other years issues shown in the guide beside 1919/20,
and 1920/21?

Ron Thoman

> [Original Message]
> From: GORDON NEAVILL <aa3401 at wayne.edu>
> To: <modlib at algol.owu.edu>
 > Date: 2/13/04 3:16:09 PM
> Subject: Re: ID 1st Turgenev "Smoke
> 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 earthlink.net>  
> >Subject: ID 1st Turgenev "Smoke"  
> >To: "ModLiblistserv" <modlib at algol.owu.edu>
> >
> >   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 earthlink.net
> >    
> >    

Ron Thoman
rgthoman at earthlink.net

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