[ModLib] Illustrated Alice with alternate cover?

JOHN PETERSON jpetersonlhi at verizon.net
Mon Sep 17 22:53:33 EDT 2007

Barry Wrote: "...could someone who has the Illustrated Alice confirm that 
it's the same one shown here -- Alice holding the pig?"

It is the same.

John Peterson

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gordon Neavill" <aa3401 at wayne.edu>
To: "For collectors of Modern Library books" <modlib at owu.edu>
Sent: Monday, September 17, 2007 6:29 PM
Subject: Re: [ModLib] Illustrated Alice with alternate cover?

> This is fascinating. I have the Book-of-the-Month Club 2-vol. edition of 
> Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, but alas I 
> don't have a copy of the Illustrated ML Alice to refer to. As I've 
> mentioned before, the Illustrated Alice used left-over sheets of the BOMC 
> Alice (3,010 copies). The ML had to print a new title page (the BOMC 
> edition used the imprint Random House on the title page) and they had to 
> reprint the gathering consisting on pp. 39-50 which was missing in the 
> BOMC copies. They also had to trim about an inch of the foot of the leaves 
> since the Illustrated ML format was shorter than that used by BOMC.
> The ML created an entirely new binding design and acetate jacket for its 
> issue of the BOMC edition (the BOMC volumes were slipcased). This front 
> panel of this binding is different from the binding design on other 
> Illustrated ML copies I've seen or seen images of. It's also different 
> from the BOMC front panel. The only explanation I can suggest is that the 
> ML ran out of the printed sheets they used on their binding and 
> cannibalized a few copies of the sheets for the illustration used on the 
> newly discovered front panel (it appears at the head of Chapter Seven (p. 
> 76).
> I'm also interested to note that the title-page illustration is different 
> from the illustration used on the title page of the BOMC Alice in 
> Wonderland. Since the ML had to reprint the title leaf anyway, they could 
> easily have chosen a different illustration. The illustration of Alice 
> holding the pig appears on p. 70. I don't remember what illustration 
> appears on other title pages of the Illustrated ML Alice (as you see, I 
> need my own copy to refer to!) ... could someone who has the Illustrated 
> Alice confirm that it's the same one shown here -- Alice holding the pig?
> Barry
> ---- Original message ----
>>Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2007 13:12:05 -0700
>>From: Scot Kamins <kamins at modernlib.com>
>>Subject: [ModLib] Illustrated 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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