Another late '60s anomaly binding

20 Ants archetype at
Tue Jan 4 19:11:06 EST 2005

It may not have been a mistake at all. Die sets required maintenance, their 
small radii wore down and they lost their definition, sometimes they just 
broke: likely the bindery did whatever was expedient to get the job out the 

Also it wouldn't surprise me to find that the bindry stored an overrun of 
piece parts for a long term. Back then there wasn't the burning desire to 
have absolutely no stock or inventory like there is now.


At 08:57 AM 1/4/2005, GORDON NEAVILL wrote:
>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
> >       (@@)
> >   ooO_(_)_Ooo___________________________________
> >   _____|_____|_____|_____|_____|_____|_____|_____|
> >___|____|_____|_____|_____|_____|_____|_____|____
>Gordon B. Neavill
>Associate Professor
>Library and Information Science Program
>Wayne State University
>Detroit, MI 48202
>aa3401 at

20 Ants
5709 Broadway St. Indianapolis IN 46220-2569
archetype at    (317)514-3829 Mon-Sat 11a-6p

   20th Century & Antiquarian Books for the Reader & Collector
   Books & materials subject to prior sale, order by e-mail or telephone.
   Prices are net USD, payment by PayPal to archetype at,
   or international money order/check with order. Indiana pays 6% tax.
   Institutions invoiced. Books returnable in 10 days: contact us first.
   Domestic S&H: $3.50 1st book, $1.00 per additional book by USPS
   at Media rate. International, Priority Mail, or other carrier by quotation.
   Traditional courtesies extended to the trade. Always seeking better
   books, individually and in lots,  specialties are non-fiction & literature
   Member: Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA)

More information about the ModLib mailing list