[ModLib] Bertha Garlan Strangeness

Gordon Neavill aa3401 at wayne.edu
Mon Oct 8 18:45:31 EDT 2007

The jacket reproduced here was the third of twelve distinct jackets used by Boni & Liveright.  The books listed on the flaps date it to spring 1918. Bertha Garlan was a spring 1918 title, though it didn't appear in the "Weekly Record" of Publishers' Weekly until June 8. I describe this printing as the first -- no list of titles facing the title page, and a single blank leaf at the end of the volume (the last gathering has 6 leaves).

There is another printing with a C4 list facing the title page and two blank leaves at the end (here the last gathering has 8 leaves). 

I believe the printing without the list at the front is the first printing.

There were two subsequent B&L title pages for this title, one around 1924 that omitted "Inc." after BONI AND LIVERIGHT, and one from 1924/5 that has the monk device.


---- Original message ----
>Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2007 14:45:07 -0700
>From: Scot Kamins <kamins at ModernLib.com>  
>Subject: [ModLib] Bertha Garlan Strangeness  
>To: ML mailing list <modlib at owu.edu>
>ModernLib major supporter John Wolansky sent me a batch of images of  
>his very early (perhaps first) Schnitzler's Bertha Garlan (39.1):
>The book has marbled endpapers and is in a #1 binding, but has no  
>catalog at the front. Toledano says that the first has a C4 catalog  
>listing 50 titles.
>Interesting Point 1: The back of the dust jacket is an unreported  
>variety of type "a": It lists no titles, but instead is strictly a  
>fluff piece touting the series.
>Interesting Point 2: The front and back flaps list the titles in the  
>series through #37, listing no # 24 but including at #29 a ghost  
>title -- Wright's Best French Epigrams.
>Interesting Point 3: #24 was first used with Ouida's In A Winter City  
>in 1923, and the first appearance of 29 used on a real title was  
>Hecht's Erik Dorn in 1924 -- both at a time when there were TONS more  
>titles in the series.
>Interesting Point 4:  The DJ lists 36 titles, as in a C3 catalog (as  
>opposed to the 50 in a C4 catalog, which Toledano specifies) -- but  
>the book has no catalog.
>Does anyone have a Garlan with a catalog in it?
>Does anyone have early Garlan DJs they can compare to this -- both in  
>terms of the DJ back and of the list of books?
>Why weren't numbers 24 & 29 used for such a long time?
>Scot Kamins
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Gordon B. Neavill
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