[ModLib] NEED HELP WITH A THEORY ON FIRSTDJ'S FOR G39, MURASAKI'S TALE OF GENJI

John Wolansky jwol at fast.net
Tue Aug 21 20:24:37 EDT 2007


Barry,

I have a G7 binding with an h jacket, no bar at the bottom but with an ISBN
and it states FMLE 1960, so your suspicion looks correct.

John

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From: modlib-bounces at owu.edu [mailto:modlib-bounces at owu.edu] On Behalf Of
Gordon Neavill
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2007 5:25 PM
To: For collectors of Modern Library books
Subject: Re: [ModLib] NEED HELP WITH A THEORY ON FIRSTDJ'S FOR G39,
MURASAKI'S TALE OF GENJI

The Tale of Genji was published in late fall 1960 in the G5 binding and a
jacket with the Gf back panel. There is no statement at the head of the ML
list inside the jacket.

I've never seen a MLG printing without the statement "First Modern Library
Giant Edition, 1960." The first printing was printed letterpress using
Houghton, Mifflin plates. When the ML switched to offset printing in the
early 1960s it photographed the first ML printing, including the first MLG
Edition statement on the verso of the title page. It's possible there was a
second letterpress printing without the First MLG Edition statement, but
I've never seen it and suspect that the first printing of 15,000 copies was
sufficient to meet demand until the ML switched to offset printing.

Barry





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