Signed Illustrated Modern Library volumes

Scott Tilley sandjtilley at earthlink.net
Sun May 1 08:45:14 EDT 2005


Gordon, I have a copy of the first Wisdom signed by Wong. Scott


> [Original Message]
> From: GORDON NEAVILL <aa3401 at wayne.edu>
> To: Modern Library list <modlib at algol.owu.edu>
> Date: 4/30/2005 3:09:38 PM
> Subject: Signed Illustrated Modern Library volumes
>
> Random House sent complimentary copies of the first five 
> Illustrated Modern Library titles to literary editors and 
> booksellers in early November 1943.  Four of the five 
> volumes were signed by the artists:
>
> Dostoyevsky, Brothers Karamazov, illustrated by William 
> Sharp; Wisdom of Confucius, illustrated by Jeanyee Wong; 
> Dickens, Pickwick Papers, illustrated by David McKay; and 
> Fielding, History of Tom Jomes, illustrated by Warren 
> Chappell.  
>
> Fritz Kredel escaped the chore of signing 500 volumes; it 
> was thought inappropriate to sign The Holy Bible.
>
> Does anyone have a signed copy of the first Illustrated 
> Modern Library printing of Brothers Karamazov, Wisdom of 
> Confucius, Pickwick Papers, or History of Tom Jones?  First 
> printings have the imprint "Modern Library" on the spine of 
> the binding; all later printings have the 
> imprint "Illustrated Modern Library." 
>
> Many thanks,
> Barry
>
> Gordon B. Neavill
> Associate Professor
> Library and Information Science Program
> Wayne State University
> Detroit, MI 48202
> aa3401 at wayne.edu 
>
>
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