pricing chronology

Sun Mar 14 20:19:55 EST 2004

>From the beginning of the 1947 chapter of my bibliography:

Price: $1.10 (January-14 April); $1.25 (15 April-December). 
Three of the spring titles (Introduction to Aristotle, The 
Best Short Stories of Bret Harte, and The Eustace Diamonds) 
were published at $1.10. The Best of S. J. Perelman (395) 
and Caldwell, Tobacco Road (397) did not appear until May 
and were published with $1.25 price stickers on the jacket 
flaps. All of the fall titles were published at $1.25.

Barry Neavill

P.S.  The $1.10 price was introduced in November 1946, so it 
didn't last long.

---- Original message ----
>Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2004 17:29:55 -0700
>From: "Ron Thoman" <rgthoman at>  
>Subject: pricing chronology  
>To: "ModLiblistserv" <modlib at>
>   The chart in the Guide (p. 157) indicates that the
>   price of a regular ML title changed to $1.25 in
>   1948, but in my copy of 99.2 Tomlinson's "The Sea
>   and the Jungle" there is a sticker at the top of the
>   front dj flap that says "As of April 15, 1947, the
>   price of The Modern Library in U.S.A. is $1.25 a
>   copy."
>   How accurate is the Guide chart generally, and is
>   there a more accurate one someone has developed?
>   Ron Thoman
>   rgthoman at
Gordon B. Neavill
Associate Professor
Library and Information Science Program
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
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