Would a list of 1928/29 Transitionals be helpful?

Gordon Neavill aa3401 at wayne.edu
Wed Feb 22 16:25:54 EST 2006

The Random House archives at Columbia University include print orders --  
carbon copies on cheap yellowish brown paper -- consisting of page after 
page of  title listings by number and the number of copies of each to be 
printed.  The ML kept several presses running pretty much continually, and 
new print orders were submitted at frequent intervals.  I don't think the 
print orders in the archives are complete, but even if they were I'm not 
sure that the benefits to be derived from analyzing them would be worth the 
trouble.  A human lifetime is short enough as it is.

In terms of bindings, the orders are for printings, not necessarily 
bindings.  In the Boni and Liveright and early ML, Inc. periods, entire 
printings were not always bound at the same time.  Books tended to be 
warehoused unbound (folded, sewn, and with endpapers tipped on) and then 
cased as orders came in.  Single printings sometimes ended up in more than 
one binding.  Examples include the final B&L printings which are commonly 
found with B&L endpapers cased in the first ML, Inc. binding.

I suspect that any list of transitional bindings is likely to be incomplete, 
and I'm not sure that it would be worth the time it would take to compile. 
But then, I don't try to collect ibinding variants for each title.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scot Kamins" <kamins at dogeared.com>
To: <modlib at algol.owu.edu>
Cc: "Gordon Neavill" <aa3401 at wayne.edu>; "Jay Satterfield" 
<jsatterf at midway.uchicago.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2006 3:42 PM
Subject: Re: Would a list of 1928/29 Transitionals be helpful?

> On Feb 22, 2006, at 12:23 PM, Sharon Biederman wrote:
>>      I don't think they all got reprinted.  What I was saying is  that if
>> you started with the printing records for the titles you would get  a 
>> more
>> accurate list than by counting which ones members have in their
>> collections.
> This is an excellent point!  Printing records for the period December 
> 1928 through March 1929 would be extremely helpful.
> Barry Neavill or Jay Satterfield may be the only folks to have these 
> records. Guys, do you have -- and would you share -- this info?
> Scot Kamins
> ......................
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