Odd #7 Binding?

GORDON NEAVILL aa3401 at wayne.edu
Sat Nov 26 12:43:42 EST 2005

A number of ML titles published before the adoption of the
Blumenthal format were slightly larger than the standard
format so that they could be printed from the original
publisher's plates.  The Kent endpapers in these volumes have
a white border where the volumes exceed the standard format.

The Portrait of the Lady was originally published in two
volumes by Houghton Mifflin in 1881.  The ML printed from
Houghton Mifflin plates, which saved significant typesetting
costs.  This accounts both for the slightly taller format and
the double sequence of pagination (427, 437 pp.)  Taller than
normal formats were less common after 1940 but were still used
occasionally.  One example is Charles Jackson's The Lost
Weekend (1948).


---- Original message ----
>Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2005 9:44:15 -0600
>From: <modlib at alltel.net>  
>Subject: Odd #7 Binding?  
>To: <modlib at algol.owu.edu>
>After deciding to change my ML sort of Regular from "all
sorted by number" to "sorted by binding then number" (#1 - #7;
#8-#13; #14), I noticed my 107.3 Portrait of a Lady / Henry
James (1939) is taller than the other #7's.  But it is shorter
than a #8 (unlike the #7 Lust for Life that is the same size
as a #8, correct?).  Anyone else notice this?  Is this type of
size variation in #7's well known, somewhat common, etc?
>I have placed a scan of this book compared to another #7, and
a scan compared to a #8, at www.mlcollect.com under ML
Miscellany (then choose Odd #7 binding?).
Gordon B. Neavill
Associate Professor
Library and Information Science Program
106 Kresge Library
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
313-577-0507 (tel); 313-577-7563 (fax)
aa3401 at wayne.edu

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