[ModLib] Joyce, Dubliners "defintive text" 1969

Darrell Johnson zebradlj at yahoo.com
Sun Feb 13 16:09:39 EST 2011

If I were to merely guess, then since they were beginning to introdue the taller format that year, I suspect the regular size came first.
But since we don't want to merely guess, here is a fuller description of my book and jacket:
Book: Toledano style 13; the front free end paper facing the front paste-down has a very large reddish-puple "H" stamped on it, suggesting it is a remainder;  the half-title page offers to send the illustrated list if requested; on the reverse of the title page the paragraph under the FMLE statement includes the library of congress # 25-23228; the text ends on 224 and there is a single, blank free end-paper (i.e., nothing follows the text0.
Jacket: $2.95 price on the front flap (no indications of ever being tagged over); "ML124" directly under the price; the inside of the jacket is, of course, blank; the back cover has "Classics of Literature" and lists G58, G15, G36, G3, G1, G23, 186, 130, 110, 185, 28, 177, 40, 244, G97; G73, 388; 318, 119,261, 100, 21, 125, and REMEMBERANCE OF THINGS PAAST (7volumes), in that order; at the bottom the Box 41 ... address for requesting a catalogue is offered; and in the lower right corner 394-60124-6 (the ISBN).
Since G73: THE COLLECTED TALES & PLAYS OF NIKOLAI GOGOL, is a 1969 title it might give a clue to precedence if the taller format copy has a slightly different list under this heading.

--- On Sun, 2/13/11, Scot Kamins <kamins at modernlib.com> wrote:

From: Scot Kamins <kamins at modernlib.com>
Subject: Re: [ModLib] Joyce, Dubliners "defintive text" 1969
To: "For collectors of Modern Library books" <modlib at thuban.owu.edu>
Date: Sunday, February 13, 2011, 2:25 PM

So now the question is which size preceded which as the "true" first (as such)?

On Feb 13, 2011, at 12:11 PM, Darrell Johnson wrote:

My copy is the standard 7 1/4" size.
First Modern Library Edition, 1969, with corrected text by
         Robert Scholes in consultation with Richard Ellman
                Copyright 1967 by the estate of James Joyce

--- On Sun, 2/13/11, Gordon Barrick Neavill <neavill at wayne.edu> wrote:


I'm trying to confirm that the ML edition of Joyce's Dubliners (#124) with the "definitive text" (1969) exists in the standard 7-1/4" format as well as the taller 7-1/2" format that was introduced in 1969. This is the one with the black jacket with lettering in light purple and white and a green shamrock. It says "definitive text" on the jacket and "corrected text" on the verso of the title page. I'm convinced that I've seen it in the 7-1/4" format, but Alan Oestreich, who I think once had a jacketless copy, has disposed of it.

Thanks for your help!


Scot Kamins
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