Another late '60s anomaly binding

Tue Jan 4 08:57:20 EST 2005

There were separate dies for stamping the spine and front 
panel of ML bindings.  The "ml" front panel design was 
introduced in 1967; any ML book that has this front panel is 
1967 or later.  The dies used for stamping the spines of 
these bindings date from 1961 (Shaw's Short Stories) and 
around 1940 (Mayor of Casterbridge).  There are two possible 
explanations for the use of the older spine dies for these 
titles: (1) the ML hadn't got round to making new spine dies 
for these titles, or (2) the binder used the old dies by 


---- Original message ----
>Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2005 21:06:12 -0800
>From: Scot Kamins <kamins at>  
>Subject: Re: Another late '60s anomaly binding  
>To: modlib at
>Cc: John Krygier <jbkrygie at>
>At 9:31 PM -0500 1/3/05, John Krygier wrote:
>>Hi Modlib,
>>Awhile back I found a copy of Shaw's "Selected Short 
>>with a peculiar mix of binding style 10 - the spine (early
>>1960s) & 14 - the front (late 1960s):
>>I just found another binding like this, on a copy of 
>>"Mayor of Casterbridge" (17.2).
>>The book is in the tall, late '60s binding with the 
>>dust jacket.  Curious if anyone else has this particular 
>>and if it has the odd binding.  I think Gordon said these 
>>post 1970 printings.
>Boy, those are so strange! I wonder how that combination 
>Could stamping have been a two-step process, so that the 
spine got 
>stamped in the early 60's with the whole binding stored for 
10 years 
>or so until needed and then blind-stamped on the front 
>      `\|||/                     Scot Kamins
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Gordon B. Neavill
Associate Professor
Library and Information Science Program
Wayne State University
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