[ModLib] ML in the movies

Morris, Terry Terry.Morris at PolarisLibrary.com
Fri Aug 15 12:28:44 EDT 2008



I just finished watching Mrs. Miniver
<http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0035093/>  ! There is a scene when the
family is in a air raid bunker outside there house and Mr. Miniver picks
up a book and starts talking to his wife about how this was the first
book he ever read (her too). What was the title? Why Alice in
Wonderland, of course and it was a Modern Libryar copy snas dust jacket!


On Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 8:40 AM, Morris, Terry
<Terry.Morris at polarislibrary.com> wrote:

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Another ML sighting ... last night I watched "The Enemy Below," a
well-made 1957 movie about a WWII contest between an American destroyer
captained by Robert Mitchum and a German submarine captained by Curt
Jurgens. During a lull in the action, one of the American sailors was
shown lying in his bunk reading the ML Giant edition of Gibbon's Decline
and Fall of the Roman Empire (vol. 1). A nice close-up of the book with
the front panel of the jacket very legible.

I suppose not many people would have noticed that it was vol. 1 of the
3-volume edition which wasn't published until 1946. The version
available during the Second World War was the 2-volume edition, though
the second jacket design, which was introduced in 1940 and remained in
use when the work was divided into 3 volumes, was nearly identical to
that of the 3-volume edition. The only difference between the two is
that the indication of the historical scope of volume 1 occupies 2 lines
in the 2-volume edition and 1 line in the 3-volume. The close-up, though
fleeting, was good enough to see the difference.

Gordon B. Neavill 
Associate Professor 
Library and Information Science Program 
106 Kresge Library 
Wayne State University 
Detroit, MI 48202 
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