Time Of Man

JOSEPH HILL goodbooks at webtv.net
Tue Aug 15 14:25:36 EDT 2006

"Why deface them with a stamp?"
One must think as book dealers did in 1939,not as collectors of the ML series in 2006. The dust jackets value was to advertise the series and to be used as a order form,not to be kept as part of the book.


-----Original Message-----
From: Gordon Neavill
Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 5:08 AM
To: modlib at algol.owu.edu
Subject: Re: Time Of Man

The printing of new jackets for sales of remaindered ML titles seems to have been limited to 1939.  I've seen three examples: The Great Gatsby, Roberts's Time of Man, and Hearn's Some Chinese Ghosts.  These jackets are usually stamped REMAINDERED TITLE (I've seen a few 1939 jackets for Some Chinese Ghosts without this, and hope to hear if the Time of Man jacket in question here is stamped or not).

Why the ML did this is a mystery.  My guess is that an unscrupulous book dealer was ordering remaineded titles and selling them at full price -- I can't think of any other reason for the ugly REMAINDERED TITLE stamp.  But if this was the case, why not stamp the original jackets?  And if the reason was to freshen copies sold as remainders, why deface them with the stamp?



---- Original message ----
>Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2006 07:33:55 -0400
>From: J B Krygier <jbkrygier at owu.edu>  
>Subject: Re: Time Of Man  
>To: modlib at algol.owu.edu
>On Aug 14, 2006, at 10:37 PM, Gordon Neavill wrote:
>> The Time of Man was published in April 1935 in a first (and only)  
>> printing of 5,000 copies and discontinued at the end of 1938.  Like  
>> The Great Gatsby, there was a second printing of the jacket in fall  
>> 1939 that was used on remaindered copies of the first printing.
>I am curious why there was a second printing of the dust jacket.
>I thought the ML for the most part printed, bound, and jacketed
>books at the same time - thus the number of titles inside the
>jacket matches the catalog in the book (if there is one) and the
>binding style of the time.
>Maybe the ML wanted an up-to-date catalog on the remaindered
>titles jackets?
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)
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