Triumph of Death

Gordon Neavill aa3401 at
Thu Feb 1 21:12:16 EST 2007

The Triumph of Death was published in 1923 in a first printing of 5,000 copies. There were additional B&L printings of 2,000 copies each in April 1924 and January 1925. Sales were brisk: 3354 copies in 1923 and 2284 copies in 1924.

My question is: Do any B&L copies NOT have the First Impression statement on the verso of the title page?

My copy (which I believe is a first printing) has binding 2 and is distinguished by the following end matter: 

(1) p. [413] pub. note "On the following pages ... a complete list of titles ... including those published during the Fall of Nineteen Hundred and Twenty-one"

(2) pp. [414-415] statement about the ML with text beginning "FIVE years ago ..."

(3) pp. [416-420] 5-page ML list with DAUDET Sapho as the last title on the first page.

It is possible that copies of the first printing are also found in binding 3, since B&L normally didn't bind all copies of a given printing at once but bound copies as needed to fill orders.

When I examined Henry's collection some years ago, his copy of Triumph of Death had the following differences in the end matter: [413] pub. note referring to 1923; [414-415] text beginning "SIX years ago"; and [416-420] 5-page ML list with DAVIDSON, JOHN Poems as the last title on the first page.


---- Original message ----
>Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2007 18:13:26 -0500
>From: Ron Holl <modlib at>  
>Subject: Triumph of Death  
>To: <modlib at>
>Two items on Triumph of Death (112.1).
>(1) The guide indicates binding #3 is the first; however #2 bindings have been seen.  One is here:
>I believe John W. also has this title in a #2 binding.
>I have updated the Proposed Guide Updates page, at Amenities (under the Misc menu item), to indicate this change.
>(2) The guide provides the following indication for the ID_1St column: dFI.  This translates (using the key) to date First Impression.  Does anyone know what is supposed to be in that column, or what this means?
Gordon B. Neavill
Associate Professor
Library and Information Science Program
106 Kresge Library
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
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