G8 or G9? GOT ME!

John jwol at fast.net
Wed Dec 28 10:14:21 EST 2005

The cover is a G8, and I inventoried it as such.  Where is my proofreader?
Also has blank endpapers.  Discrepancy is a 1977-1980 cover on a 1982

I can send a pic later today.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-modlib at algol.owu.edu [mailto:owner-modlib at algol.owu.edu] On
Behalf Of Madaline Reddy
Sent: Tuesday, December 27, 2005 9:40 PM
To: modlib at algol.owu.edu
Subject: RE: G8 or G9?

Hi John,
Thanks for researching this but I am a bit confused.
1) You meant to say that your copy is a G8 spine as
opposed to a G9 spine, right? This G8 spine has a
discrepancy with its 1982 copyright, correct? If it
were a G9 spine, 1982 would be just right!  It is a
bit of an eyeache, though, to distinguish between a G8
and a G9 spine. The logos are much easier to
distinguish. The G8 logo torchbearer runs free and the
G9 torchbearer is enclosed in a rectangle. The book
has a G8 logo, for sure which is the whole problem.

I'd say rust is a good color to call the book and yes,
mine has the same (ISBN? numbers on the back. Alas, my
husband gave me the book as a gift and cut out the
price with a pinking shears!  He left the Modern
Library words and the printed picture of the G8 logo
on it, right next to where the price was, though! Yes,
too, that the dust jacket cover is the same on front
and back. So, would you call it a G9? 

I hope I haven't opened a can of worms. I'm trying to
figure out what's what with my collection. I will
probably have more questions. This is the first
problem that I came across. Thanks!

--- John <jwol at fast.net> wrote:

> I have a copy, too.  When I inventoried it, I noted
> the DJ with a ?! because
> the title and picture on the front are also on the
> back!  My copy is a G9
> cover and the copyright page states 1982.  I didn't
> notice the dating
> discrepancy between cover and copyright page date
> until you brought it up.
> I believe I read somewhere the jacket is a
> recreation of the 1930 Random
> House issue of Moby Dick, with the addition of "Moby
> Dick" at the bottom of
> the jacket spine.  I have seen copies of this jacket
> on older non-ML books
> at book fairs, usually with a higher price.  I also
> recollect reading in
> Toledano the book was paper over cardboard and was
> described as rust.
> Someone please correct me if mistaken.
> My copy has a $10.95 original jacket price and on
> the back of the jacket
> 394-60804-6.  What price does yours have?
> Scott, any interest in a pic of this somewhat unique
> ML item even though it
> is a 1980 issue?
> John Wolansky
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-modlib at algol.owu.edu
> [mailto:owner-modlib at algol.owu.edu] On
> Behalf Of Madaline Reddy
> Sent: Tuesday, December 27, 2005 5:43 PM
> To: modlib at algol.owu.edu
> Subject: Re: G8 or G9?
> Hello!
> The book has a dj (Illustrated by Rockwell Kent).
> It's
> brown but I'm not really sure if it's considered
> paper-covered. If I had to give it a name, I'd call
> it
> fake leatherboard. It does have the G8 blind stamped
> logo of the torchbearer. The Guide shows G8 and G9
> with separate logos, but states that endpapers can
> be
> individualized. Does that help?  I'm going to call
> this one a G9 unless I hear otherwise. Thanks,
> folks.
> --- Cottonwood Books <cottonwoodbooks at yahoo.com>
> wrote:


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