Followup: P-50 Great Russian Stories
aa3401 at wayne.edu
Wed May 17 11:55:25 EDT 2006
I don't have info about printings, but P50 sold 6,900 copies in 1958/59 and 6,500 copies in 1959/60. I'm not sure which 12 month periods are being counted, but I'm confident that P50 didn't sell any copies before Jan. 1959 when it was published.
I think the white cover is later. ML Paperbacks dropped the diagonal line after spring 1959, and the phrase "Modern Library Paperbacks are published ..." is omitted from many titles published after spring 1959. And since there were no updated lists of titles after the P50 list, the reprint simply reproduced the list from the first printing. I have no idea why they switched from a yellow to white background on the cover, but there are several other examples of color changes on different printings of ML Paperbacks as well.
I don't have a copy of the later (white) printing. I have copies of all of the paperbacks except P46, but not all of them in first printings.
---- Original message ----
>Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 10:52:29 -0400
>From: Ron Holl <modlib at alltel.net>
>Subject: Followup: P-50 Great Russian Stories
>To: <modlib at algol.owu.edu>
>Since there were no positive responses to either question I posted (at the end of the original message), no clues have surfaced to determine which was printed first. This prompts a few new questions:
>- Barry, do you have the number of print runs and quantities for P50?
>- How many ML collectors actually collect the P-Numbered paperbacks?
>- Do most that do collect them have a P50?
>> I recently found a color variation for P-50 (Great Russian Stories). This variation has a white, rather than yellow, background. Scot has posted it on Dogeared. Both my white and yellow copies have a list to P50 (spring 1959).
>> What is interesting about this variation is that it is 15 or 20% thicker than the yellow one. The paper is thicker and a very bright white (number of pages is the same). An image of the two side by side (spine view) is available at:
>> Noted differences:
>> - White instead of yellow
>> - No diaganol line by the price
>> - Thicker paper
>> - The first page in the book (not the title page) is different (it does not have the "Modern Library Paperbacks are published by..." text)
>> So, which is first? Probably the white one, but I don't know for sure.
>> Does anyone have a white version of P50 to compare?
>> Does anyone have a copy of P50 without the list on the back to P50?
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