[ModLib] Way To Use Specific DJ Style Variations to Identify Late Classical Period First DJs

Frances Ruth Harris harrisfr at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 10 11:05:09 EDT 2011

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From: Scot Kamins <kamins at modernlib.com>
To: For collectors of Modern Library books <modlib at thuban.owu.edu>
Sent: Sun, April 10, 2011 10:51:59 AM
Subject: [ModLib] Way To Use Specific DJ Style Variations to Identify Late 
Classical Period First DJs


As most of us know, dating dust jackets printed after the spring of 1963 can be 
a pain. Before that, the ML's current catalog appeared on the inverse of dust 
jackets; using the list and the legend "WHICH OF THESE [nnn] OUTSTANDING TITLES 
DO YOU WANT TO READ?", we could compare it to Barry Neavill's dating key and 
come up with a proper date.  But after that, the inverses went blank and we were 
left clueless. Ron Holl and I think we have discovered a partial solution to the 
problem –- at least for many titles published from 1967 on. 

Examining just over a hundred dust jackets in styles n, o, Gi, and Gj, we 
discovered five specific subtypes and have a pretty solid theory about the 
specific dates of a couple of them.  Using those subtypes and other data that we 
collected on each of dust jackets in our sample, we've discovered a reliable new 
way to tell whether many dust jackets are correctly married to first edition 

For example, we know which of the five subtypes  defines  all giant and 
non-giant first edition dust jackets for titles published Fall 1967 through 
Spring 1968, and which subtype defines first edition dust jackets covering first 
edition books with type 14 bindings (Spring 1969 and beyond).

The new page which is fetchingly entitled Genre Dust Jacket Backs of the Late 
Classical Period 1967 - 1975 (or so)  is here:


Any questions? Comments? Suggestions for change? Challenges? Additions?  

Scot Kamins (for Scot & Ron)
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