Color of Dust Jackets

Scot Kamins kamins at
Mon Sep 11 18:21:23 EDT 2006

On Sep 11, 2006, at 3:12 PM, Gordon Neavill wrote:

> The balloon cloth volumes are my favorites of all the formats used  
> by the ML, and they were far and away the most ambitious.  Each  
> book was published simultaneously in four different colors of  
> cloth. (I have first printings of Huysman's Against the Grain in  
> each binding color--red, green, blue and brown.) Top edges were  
> stained to match the color of the cloth. The uniform typographic  
> jackets came in various color combinations: yellow paper with red  
> or green bands, green paper with green bands, light blue paper with  
> blue bands come to mind. I've always assumed that each title with a  
> uniform typographic jacket was available in all four color  
> combinations, but I've never tried to collect multiple examples to  
> demonstrate this. Kent's newly designed endpapers were initially  
> printed in three different colors and coordinated with the color of  
> the binding, but this was overly ambitious and within a few years  
> all the Kent endpapers were printed in one color.
> We don't need to document every color variant for every title, but  
> it would be interesting to show examples of one title in each  
> binding and jacket combination.
> Barry

I'll be glad to post a page on ModernLib with the above info if  
someone will send me a set of images.

Scot Kamins
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