[ModLib] Addition to previous Alice posting
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Mon Sep 17 20:42:29 EDT 2007
Also of note, as well as the BOMC set, their was a regular set of the two volume boxed set; illustrations were much sharper and the price was much higher. I saw both sets side-by-side in a store some years ago.
This is sort of like the Green Mansions volumes we have gone over before, if you remember..
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From: Gordon Neavill
Sent: Monday, September 17, 2007 4:47 PM
To: For collectors of Modern Library books
Subject: RE: [ModLib] Addition to previous Alice posting
Harry Abrams, the art director and production manager of the Book-of-the-Month Club, conceived the Illustrated ML and sold Cerf on producing it. He served as art director of the Illustrated series and received royalties on each copy sold. He had a similar arrangement with Grosset & Dunlap to produce their Illustrated Classics series for children. He was moonlighting from his job at BOMC to produce these series. All this was before he founded his own publishing firm at the beginning of 1950. Several titles initially conceived for the Illustrated ML (Tales of Edgar Allan Poe illus. by Fritz Eichenberg and the two Alice books with Tenniel ilustrations colored by Fritz Kredel) were initially conceived for the Illustrated ML but were diverted to the BOMC for use as dividend volumes. This worked out to everyone's advantage. The only Illus ML titles that earned a profit were those that were picked up by book clubs, either instead of being published in the Illus ML or in addition t
their Illus ML editions. Even the artists benefited -- Kredel got $2,000 initially for coloring the illustrations and a bonus of another $2,000 when the Alice books were taken by the Book-of-the-Month Club.
The Book-of-the-Month Club printed the two Alice volumes (they were published together in a slipcase as bonus volumes) and the BOMC later offered left-over sheets of Alice in Wonderland to the ML and use in the Illustrated ML for which they were originally intended.
---- Original message ----
>Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2007 16:00:06 -0700
>From: kamins at modernlib.com
>Subject: RE: [ModLib] Addition to previous Alice posting
>To: For collectors of Modern Library books <modlib at owu.edu>
>Let me see if I understand you correctly. Are you saying that ML printed up the Illustrated Alice that were all familiar with, and then for some reason printed more? Why would they do that? And what slipcase are you speaking of?
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> Subject: [ModLib] Addition to previous Alice posting
>> From: Gordon Neavill <aa3401 at wayne.edu>
>> Date: Mon, September 17, 2007 3:33 pm
>> To: For collectors of Modern Library books <modlib at owu.edu>
>> I've just realized that the illustration on the front cover is the same as the printed paste-on label on the slipcase. The ML must have secured some left-over copies of the printed label and clipped the illustration along with the reddish border to use on copies of the Illustrated Alice when they ran out of the new printed sheets they'd printed.
>> ---- Original message ----
>> >Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2007 13:12:05 -0700
>> >From: Scot Kamins <kamins at modernlib.com>
>> >Subject: [ModLib] Illu
> strated Alice with alternate cover?
>> >To: ML mailing list <modlib at owu.edu>
>> >Here's another image of that Alice, confirming that it is indeed an
>> >ML edition:
>> >What do you think? I've never seen this before.
>> >> Folks,
>> >> A reader sent me the following image:
>> >> http://www.ModernLib.com/AliceML.jpg
>> >> Note that the cover image is different from the ones already on
>> >> ModernLib:
>> >> http://www.modernlib.com/Rarities/Alice.html
>> >> The reader says "The book has no date on the title page nor the
>> >> copyright page. The interior illustrations are the same as you
>> >> show. Is it a later printing or edition?"
>> >> I've asked the reader to confirm that this is an ML book (as
>> >> opposed to a Random House book with the ML acetate) and am waiting
>> >> to hear back.
>> >- Scot kamins
>> >"What if
> this weren't a hypothetical question?"
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