ML History Clean Up

Gordon Neavill aa3401 at
Wed Jul 26 13:23:20 EDT 2006

The ML stopped adding new titles in 1970 and over the next few years 
drastically cut back the number of titles in print. 118 titles were dropped 
in 1971, but 137 regular titles and 51 Giants (including English Romantic 
Poets) were maintained.  More titles were dropped later, but the series 
never disappeared completely.  The "reissues" (including a number of new 
titles) were published 1977-1985, and a few of them remained in print up to 
1992 when the current ML began to be published.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scot Kamins" <kamins at>
To: <modlib at>
Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2006 12:42 PM
Subject: Re: ML History Clean Up

> On Jul 26, 2006, at 7:57 AM, Ron Holl wrote:
>> I believe we should, as a service to the new collector, edit our ML 
>> history text (where possible) to avoid this confusion that the ML  was 
>> discontinued/ceased printing/etc.  I was first clued in over a  year ago 
>> by Amy C.  She had a listing posted for Roth/Goodbye  Columbus and 
>> indicated an early 70's printing.  I asked her how can  that be, if the 
>> ML shut down in 1970.  She kindly responded with  the ISBN clue.  Then 
>> sometime later John W. posted a catalog from  the mid 70's showing many 
>> ML's for sale.  Surely those weren't all  remainders!  And now finding 
>> all these DJ's with ISBN's printed  shows the presses were clearly still 
>> rolling.
> When time allows, I'll go through the dog- er, modernlib articles and 
> correct the dates.
> It will be a bit difficult; I guess the way to say it is that the  last 
> new title in the classic series was issued in 1970 with printing 
> continuing through 1974. Yes?
> Scot Kamins
Gordon B. Neavill
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Library and Information Science Program
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