Two Blue Droll Stories

20 Ants archetype at
Tue Feb 13 19:26:43 EST 2007

You didn't ask, but just for the sake of completeness...

I've got a brown DJ (no book!) with 388. No clue what year that might 
correspond with.

-Michael Watson

At 03:12 PM 2/13/2007, you wrote:

>Hi All,
>I recently acquired a hard cover ML copy of Balzac's
>"Droll Stories," with the chuckling monks, in a blue
>dust jacket.  I already had a flex copy of this title
>with the blue DJ.
>At some time the 1940s, the jacket color was changed
>to brown.
>The flex copy is 1939, with 268 titles on the jacket.
>The HC copy is 1943, with 291 titles on the jacket.
>Here they are:
>There is actually a minor difference between these
>two jackets, besides the difference in size (see if
>you can find it).
>Question: when was this blue jacket introduced on
>this title: was it before 1939?  Anyone have a
>copy with less than 268 titles?  And when was it
>replaced by the brown jacket?
>If you have a blue jacketed HC with something other
>than 291 titles on the jacket, let me know.
>In a past posting to MODLIB someone claimed a brown
>copy with 309 titles (1946).  Any earlier brown
>John K.

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