Signed Illustrated Modern Library volumes

Sat Apr 30 15:09:37 EDT 2005

Random House sent complimentary copies of the first five 
Illustrated Modern Library titles to literary editors and 
booksellers in early November 1943.  Four of the five 
volumes were signed by the artists:

Dostoyevsky, Brothers Karamazov, illustrated by William 
Sharp; Wisdom of Confucius, illustrated by Jeanyee Wong; 
Dickens, Pickwick Papers, illustrated by David McKay; and 
Fielding, History of Tom Jomes, illustrated by Warren 

Fritz Kredel escaped the chore of signing 500 volumes; it 
was thought inappropriate to sign The Holy Bible.

Does anyone have a signed copy of the first Illustrated 
Modern Library printing of Brothers Karamazov, Wisdom of 
Confucius, Pickwick Papers, or History of Tom Jones?  First 
printings have the imprint "Modern Library" on the spine of 
the binding; all later printings have the 
imprint "Illustrated Modern Library." 

Many thanks,

Gordon B. Neavill
Associate Professor
Library and Information Science Program
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
aa3401 at 

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