Random House Green Mansions
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Fri May 12 21:48:58 EDT 2006
A year after it was published in the Illustrated Modern Library, Green Mansions was used by the Book-of-the-Month Club as a 1945 dividend. The BOMC edition used the imprint Random House on the title page and a larger format than the Illustrated Modern Library edition. BOMC distributed nearly 300,000 copies of its dividends at this period (members received a dividend for each two volumes purchased), and it printed its own editions using a set of duplicate plates of the Illustrated ML edition. They probably didn't print their 300,000 copies with the same attention to detail that Random House did with the 13,500 and 14,000 copies that constituted the first two Illustrated ML printings. Random House received royalties on copies distributed by BOMC, and E. McKnight Kauffer got a $1,500 bonus (equivalent to the $1,500 fee he originally received for doing the illustrations) so it was a good deal for everyone.
I'm pretty sure the RH edition is the BOMC dividend. I don't have a copy, and it would be interesting to see how the illustrations compare to the original Illustrated ML edition. Anyone have a copy for sale?
---- Original message ----
>Date: Fri, 12 May 2006 16:28:47 -0700
>From: "Bill DiBenedetto" <billdi at earthlink.net>
>Subject: RE: New Dogeared Project -- Illustrations
>To: <modlib at algol.owu.edu>
>The Random House Green Mansions is not quite the same as the ML edition: The
>front and back covers have different illustrations and the title pages are
>also different: in their layout, plus the ML title page has an illustration,
>while the RH edition does not.
>I agree with Mr. Hill: The illustrations in the ML are much better, at least
>to me, in terms of color quality and sharpness and because they also use the
>Why is a good question. I'm also trying to figure out why RH went to the
>trouble and expense of publishing two virtually identical illustrated
>editions at the same time. (This happened in several instances, not just
>Green Mansions.) Would it be because they could charge more for the larger
>From: owner-modlib at algol.owu.edu [mailto:owner-modlib at algol.owu.edu] On
>Behalf Of JOSEPH HILL
>Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 5:50 PM
>To: modlib at algol.owu.edu
>Subject: Re: New Dogeared Project -- Illustrations
>Of Some Note-On Same Subject-
>As most of you know, we have a Random House Edition of GREEN MANSIONS that
>is in all ways the same as the Illustrated ML edition.
>However,what may not be known, is the fact, illustrations on the ML edition
>are far superior to those of the Random House edition...why?
Gordon B. Neavill
Library and Information Science Program
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Wayne State University
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