Correction -- Thurber; Cass Timberlane; Newton Amenities

modlib at modlib at
Thu Apr 14 14:51:02 EDT 2005

Relative to Thurber, was the First ML Edition stamp on every printing?  In other words, when Barry says "subsequent printings", I assume that includes all of them.  My copy, which is not a first since it is in a jacket with 383 titles, does not have any list at the end (neither regular nor giant).  So without a jacket there is no way to date the book at any time in the lifespan of the title, correct?


> From: GORDON NEAVILL <aa3401 at>
> Date: 2005/04/10 Sun AM 09:15:01 CDT
> To: modlib at
> Subject: Correction -- Cass Timberlane; Newton Amenities
> As several members of the list have noted, I misspoke in 
> yesterday's posting.  It's the fall 1957 first printing only 
> that has the red jacket.  The green jacket is used from 
> spring 1958 on.
> Cass Timberlane is further complicated by the fact that 
> the "First ML" statement appears on the first two 
> printings.  Even without jackets the printings can be 
> distinguished by the list of ML Giants at the end of the 
> volume.  The list in the fall 1957 true first printing shows 
> 80 Giants with G31 being Famous Sciene-Fiction Stories.  The 
> list in the spring 1958 second printing shows 81 Giants with 
> G81 being Encyclopedia of Modern American Humor.
> As far as I know there was only one ML printing of Newton's 
> Amenities of Book Collecting, probably for 7,000 copies (the 
> printer quoted costs for 5,000 and 7,000 copies, but I'm not 
> certain which the ML went with).  The ML edition was 
> published in December 1935 and discontinued five years later 
> in December 1940, so it's unlikely there was a second 
> printing.
> However, Amenities of Book Collecting was printed from 
> offset lithographic plates.  When this type of printing was 
> used the "First ML" statement was almost always retained on 
> subsequent printings -- as it was with Thurber Carnival,for 
> example.
> Barry
> Gordon B. Neavill
> Associate Professor
> Library and Information Science Program
> Wayne State University
> Detroit, MI 48202
> aa3401 at 

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