Hardcover B&L titles in blue cloth
jwol at fast.net
Thu Feb 17 16:18:48 EST 2005
My copy contains the K list.
jwol at fast.net
From: owner-modlib at algol.owu.edu [mailto:owner-modlib at algol.owu.edu] On
Behalf Of GORDON NEAVILL
Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2005 3:16 PM
To: modlib at algol.owu.edu
Subject: Hardcover B&L titles in blue cloth
The B&L title I have in this format (dark blue cloth over
stiff boards) is Yeat's Irish Fairy and Folk Tales. The
list at the back also includes Moliere. My guess is that
there was a temporary shortage of imitation leather and the
ML's binder substituted blue cloth for ML books being bound
at this period.
There were 12 distinct lists of titles during the Boni &
Liveright period. I designate these as B&L lists A-L.
The first five (A-E) were one-page lists that appeared at
the front of ML books. The last seven (F-L) were multi-page
lists that appeared at the end. The list in my clothbound
Yeats is K. List K has 5 pages of titles; the last title on
the first page is Davidson, Poems. My guess is that all B&L
titles in blue cloth have the same list--if they include a
list at all. (Sharon's copy of Van Loon's Ancient Man, now
on eBay, has 2 blank leaves at the end--or so I assume--and
therefore didn't have room for a 5-page list.)
If you have a B&L title in this format, please check and see
if it has a list at the end, and if so which one it is.
Here are the last 3 lists used in ML books published by Boni
List J -- 5 p. list of titles; last title on the 1st page is
Daudet, Sapho (in same vol. as Prevost's Manon Lescaut)
List K -- 5 p. list of titles; last title on 1st page is
List L -- 5 p. list of titles + 5 p. Subject Index; last
title on 1st page is Crane, Men, Women and Boats.
If all books bound in this format have the same list, my
hypothesis about a temporary shortage of imitation leather
is probably the most likely explanation.
Please respond to the list!
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