Gordon Neavill aa3401 at
Thu Aug 17 22:47:57 EDT 2006

There are publishers whose first printings can be distinguished by the absence of references to later printings, but the Illustrated Modern Library isn't among them.  All printings of all Illustrated Modern Library books can be described as NAP.  

The first printing of the Illustrated Pickwick Papers can be identified by the imprint "Modern Library" on the title page and spine.  Subsequent printings bore the imprint "Illustrated Modern Library."  This also applies to the other four Illustrated ML titles published in fall 1943.


---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2006 22:08:56 EDT
>From: Printmat at  
>To: modlib at
>   "NAP" stands for "no additional printings," and is
>   used in (for one example) McBride's pocket guide to
>   publisher's practices in denoting first editions. It
>   has a pretty narrow application in this regard, so
>   lends itself to rampant misuse. It can also be used
>   to describe a short sleeping period, one of which
>   I'm going to treat myself to right now ...
>   All best,
>   Bob Riedel
>   In a message dated 8/17/2006 9:43:58 PM Eastern
>   Standard Time, jwol at writes:
>     I asked a dealer on eBay what criteria they used
>     to determine the book they
>     are offering is a First Edition.  It is an
>     illustrated Pickwick Papers in
>     slipcase.  They referred me to a book on ABE which
>     used this terminology:
>     First edition thus (NAP)
>     Can anyone explain what the NAP is?  And just what
>     they mean?
>     Thanks,
>     John Wolansky
Gordon B. Neavill
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Library and Information Science Program
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Wayne State University
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