An oddity

Toby G Levy tobylevy at
Fri Oct 21 10:01:48 EDT 2005

This has the "Inc" on the title page and no list of books at the end. 
The reader is encouraged in the front of the book to request the list of
books by mail.  The gatherings are definately 32 pages. So that places
the book somewhere betwen 1920-1923, no?

So what kind of interest do you think this would attract among
collectors?  What's a fair price for it?


On Fri, 21 Oct 2005 09:16:03 -0400 GORDON NEAVILL <aa3401 at>
> I've never seen a ML binding without a trace of printing. 
> You're right about its being an oddity -- it somehow didn't
> get stamped in gold when it was supposed to.  This would have
> happened before the printed sheets were bound.
> The Brodzky endpaper began to be used in 1919, so this is
> clearly the later binding of the two.  I can't be sure about
> the printing, since Boni & Liveright generally didn't bind all
> copies of a printing at the same time.  Printed sheets tended
> to be stored and bound as needed, so it's possible to find the
> same printing in more than one binding style.  You can't tell
> much from the "second printing Sept 1917" statement either,
> since Boni & Liveright often retained such statements through
> several printings.
> The Unsocial Socialist had three distinct title pages: the
> first, in use through several printings, gives the publisher
> as BONI AND LIVERIGHT, INC.  The second (circa 1924) omits the
> "INC." from the imprint.  The third (1924/25) includes the
> monk device on the title page.
> Earlier printings include a list of ML titles on the verso of
> the half title can be dated by the list.  Later printings of
> The Unsocial Socialst don't have a list at the end and are
> harder to date.  The gatherings or signatures of earlier
> printings consist of 8 leaves (16 pages); gatherings of later
> printings consist of 16 leaves (32 pages).  You can see the
> individual gatherings when you look at the top or bottom edge
> of the volume.  When you open a book to the middle of a
> gathering you can see the thread in the gutter that holds the
> gathering together, and you can then count the leaves to see
> whether it's a gathering of 8 or l6 leaves.
> Barry
> ---- Original message ----
> >Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 07:58:37 -0400
> >From: Toby G Levy <tobylevy at>  
> >Subject: An oddity  
> >To: modlib at
> >
> >Yesterday I purchased at a bookstore a copy of a
> Boni-Liveright Modern
> >Library without a trace of any printing on the brown
> leatherette cover
> >and spine.  It is George Bernard Shaw's "An Unsocial
> Socialist."  My
> >earlier purchased copy has a black leatherette cover with the
> marbelized
> >endpapers. This unmarked one has the Brodzky endpapers.  They
> both have
> >"second printing Sept 1917"  at the bottom of the first page.
> >
> >Has anyone else ever seen anything like this, a "stealth
> modern library
> >book?"
> >
> >I'll put it up on ebay if you think there would be enough
> interest in
> >such an oddity.
> >
> >Toby
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