[ModLib] Illustrated Moby Dick

Darrell Johnson zebradlj at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 29 17:19:05 EDT 2011

The photo posted is the correct jacket for the Modern Library Edition of Moby Dick that was part of the Faux Leather bindings that ran from 1978-1985.  There were two basic jacket styles during this period and this particular jacket did not follow either of the two standard styles.  The binding for Moby Dick is the Toledano G9 binding.  These would normally have jackets with a Stephen Alcorn woodcut illustartion on the cover, but Moby Dick has an enlarged  and apartially colorized version of a Rockwell Kent Illustration from within the book itself.

From: jwol <jwol at fast.net>
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Try this link for photos and background:


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On Behalf Of Don Eveland
Sent: Friday, July 29, 2011 6:08 AM
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Subject: [ModLib] Illustrated Moby Dick

Hi all, there is a Modern Library Illustrated on Ebay,  It is listed as
being published in 1982, with a dj which shows Modern Library on the lower
spine, but no visable Torchbearer.  Rockwell Kent is listed as illustrator.
I cannot find a ref to this tome in Toledano and wonder to the accuracy of
it being "Modern Library" volume.  Any thoughts?

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Don Eveland
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On Jul 27, 2011, at 8:12 AM, Gordon Barrick Neavill <neavill at wayne.edu>

> I'm trying to determine which of the first two Tristram Shandy jackets
reproduced on the website is the earlest. Both are indicated as 1928.
> I've seen the second jacket -- the one with the relatively short text on
the front panel -- with a spring 1928 list inside the jacket (includes
Dumas, Three Musketeers but not Apuleius, Golden Ass).
> I haven't examined the first jacket, which has more extensive text
beginning "Although the first part of ..."  If anyone has this, I'd
appreciate knowing whether the ML list inside the jacket is from spring 1928
or fall 1928 (includes Apuleius, Golden Ass but not Dostoyevsky, Brothers
Karamazov). It's possible that both jackets date from spring 1928. While
you're at it, let me know if the book has a 4-page ML list at the end of the
volume -- some copies of the first printing have it, some don't.
> I've seen the later uniform typographic jacket for Tristram Shandy (dated
on the website as 1930) with a spring 1929 list.
> Many thanks,
> Barry
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