[ModLib] First Twelve Titles

JOHN PETERSON jpetersonlhi at frontier.com
Sat Dec 17 06:06:38 EST 2011

Thanks, Murry for your comments--

We are interested in the same niche.  I buy binding #1's whenever I can get them cheaply, and in relatively good condition, and now have about 30 of them.  I think they are getting harder to find, but I agree with you that, when you can find them, they are usually in fairly good condition.  I bought my last one a few months ago in an antique mall, George's Bed of Roses,  for $7, and only later discovered that it had the Brodzky title page (see the ML website).

Happy hunting, 

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Murry 
  To: For collectors of Modern Library books 
  Sent: Friday, December 16, 2011 8:40 PM
  Subject: Re: [ModLib] First Twelve Titles

  On 12/10/2011 5:48 AM, JOHN PETERSON wrote: 
    I've gotten interested in collecting as many ML titles as possible in the #1 binding, and, since I'm not in the 1% (or anywhere near it), have not concerned myself with DJs.  Before long, these volumes will be 100 years old.

    Does anyone know how many copies of each of the first twelve ML titles were initially printed?  I've gotten three so far with the C1 list (Dorian Grey, War in the Air and Miracle of St. Anthony), but wonder how difficult the other nine will be.  I assume that Treasure Island is the most difficult to find.  

    John Peterson

  I've been collecting these early books for a while, but they're hard to find. Of the C1's, I only have Madamoiselle Fifi and Treasure Island.  For binding 1, I have found The Way of all Flesh, Confessions of a Young Man, plays by Ibsen,Evolution in Modern Thought, Poems by Villon, The Belfry, Seven that were hanged.

  I've found them in strange places and for strange prices. Antique Stores or the stuff nobody wants in used book stores. one in a garage sale.  all the way from 25 cents to 20 dollars. "If it's old it must be worth a lot" vs "Who wants that old stuff?" I've never seen one with a DJ.

  What I find is interesting is that these bindings have held up remarkably well over the years, much better than the binding that came after.

  By the way, I have never seen any of the titles you have of C1.

  If I find any more of these things, I will let you know.

  Murry Spector


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