Modern Library Lookalikes

Fri Dec 30 19:55:56 EST 2005

I was just going over the entry in my ML bibliography for
Norman Douglas's Old Calabria (1928) this afternoon.  It was
the first U.S. edition printed from an American typesetting --
the original American publisher (Houghton Mifflin) used
imported British sheets.  Cerf offered a duplicate set of ML
plates to Martin Secker for use in the New Adelphi Library,
but Secker decided not to include Old Calabria in his series.
   Secker was no dummy; Old Calabria turned out to be one of
the ML's worst-selling titles.

An earlier and more successful example of trans-Atlantic
cooperation was Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, published in
the ML in 1926 with an introduction by Rose Macaulay. 
Wuthering Heights also appeared in Jonathan Cape's Traveller's
Library in 1926.  Except for the preliminaries, the ML and
Traveller's Library editions are printed from identical
plates.  In this case the typography is characteristic of the
British series rather than ML books of the period, so I assume
it was Cape who sold duplicate plates to the ML.  Both
editions share the Macaulay introduction, though the New
Traveller's Library uses a slightly abridged version of the
introduction that Liveright commissioned for the ML. 


---- Original message ----
>Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2005 17:48:10 -0500
>From: J B Krygier <jbkrygier at>  
>Subject: Modern Library Lookalikes  
>To: ModLib List <modlib at>
>Hi Modlib,
>A spectacular new years gift for all of ye:
>I compiled a page on two other "classics" series that look
>somewhat like Modern Library books.  The page with images
>and explanation is at the link below, and will also be
>linked at Dogeared ( and Ron's
>Amenities of ML collecting site (
>happy new year!
>john k.
Gordon B. Neavill
Associate Professor
Library and Information Science Program
106 Kresge Library
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
313-577-0507 (tel); 313-577-7563 (fax)
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