[ModLib] OK - This time I really DO have a suggestion about Peterson's Type 2

Scot Kamins kamins at modernlib.com
Sat Apr 9 13:43:32 EDT 2011

Well, CLOSE to it, anyway.

There's a hardback style 3 that otherwise matches John's description.  
 From the FAQ "Were There Any B&L Hardbound Titles?":

The earliest Modern Library titles (1917-1925) were all published by  
Boni & Liveright. B&L used imitation leather for the bindings  
(described in a related FAQ). But for a short period in 1924, the  
publisher used a harder material.

This temporary binding was composed of a dark blue cloth over stiff  
boards. The binding type, shown left (but the color in the image is  
lighter than actual binding color), was the same as Toledano binding  
#3 with Brodsky endpapers but with no top staining to the book block.  
ML scholar Barry Neavill speculates that this temporary binding was  
used during a shortage of imitation leather.

The paucity of examples lends credence to the idea that the shortage  
was temporary. Copies spotted include Van Loon'sAncient Man, Wilson's  
Addresses, and Yeats's Irish Fairy and Folk Tales.

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