The Gogol Giant

Sat Jun 11 10:39:05 EDT 2005

I don't know the print runs for Bewley's English Romantic
Poets or Brown's Between Hume and Mill.  Most of the late
Giants had print runs of 5,000 copies -- William James,
Thomas's Abraham Lincoln, Beauvoir's Second Sex, Gogol,
Olmsted's Cotton Kingdom, and Lewis's Children of Sanchez.  If
some of these titles are harder to find than others it isn't
because they were printed in fewer copies.  The one exception
among the late Giants was Basic Writings of Friedrich
Nietzsche, which was printed in 7,500 copies.


---- Original message ----
>Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2005 07:59:43 -0400
>From: J B Krygier <jbkrygier at>  
>Subject: Re: The Gogol Giant  
>To: modlib at
>On Jun 11, 2005, at 12:28 AM, Matthew Buckingham wrote:
>> Thanks, Joe, and I overlooked Frederick Law Olmsted's
Cotton Kingdom 
>> (another S) as well. So the Gogol ranks fourth. Still...
>>> >
>>> > Tolstoy-Gogel.are you not overlooking the Bewley? The
book has a "S"
>>> > rating, outside of my own copy,I have never had a copy
of this title
>>> > for sale.
>I do agree that the Bewley title is seldom seen.  Maybe
>Barry knows if Bewley had a lower print run than other
>late Giants.  I think I recall one copy on eBay in the
>last few years, which is odd.  Everything shows up on
>eBay, usually more often than one would expect (eg.,
>the half dozen Illustrated Alices in the last few
>The only Bewleys I saw on ABE and other sites were sans
>DJ, or x-library, that is until Joe's post led me to
>check ABE and, ta-da, there was a claimed VG/VG Bewley
>for $11.95 (which I ordered).
>...And this brings up the point about these late 60s
>MLs.  While they may be scarce, I think the chance of
>finding one is better than the scarce earlier titles,
>and they will probably be in better shape and have a DJ
>and be priced lower.
>There is a good chance that copies will show up on ABE
>for not much $$, as booksellers without the Guide may
>not think a reprint volume from the 60s is worth much.
>They don't stay on ABE long, but they do show up.
>Besides the Bewley, I found The Second Sex ($10, ABE)
>and the Children of Sanchez ($4, Alibris), both VG/VG.
>They do show up in real bookstores too, and are usually
>priced within reason (if the seller doesn't have the
>Guide).  My VG/VG Cotton Kingdom was around $10 in
>a bookstore a few blocks from my house (which specialized
>in woman's studies, new age, and cat books; it closed
>after 6 months, replaced by an Irish dance studio [?!]).
>John K>
Gordon B. Neavill
Associate Professor
Library and Information Science Program
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
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