[ModLib] Designation for regular binding style variation?

jwol jwol at fast.net
Fri Jun 24 14:50:50 EDT 2011


For those of us with extensive collections, this is like switching from the
Dewey Decimal System to whatever is being used today

 

From: modlib-bounces at thuban.owu.edu [mailto:modlib-bounces at thuban.owu.edu]
On Behalf Of Darrell Johnson
Sent: Friday, June 24, 2011 2:36 PM
To: For collectors of Modern Library books
Subject: Re: [ModLib] Designation for regular binding style variation?

 

Scot,

 

I recommend changing 5 to 5B and 5* to 5C.  That puts them in chronologocal
and alphabetical order. Then on the website you can simply note that the two
variants (5A and 5C) weren't distinguished yet in The Price Guide so
Toledano 5 would have been taken to refer to 5B (generally) and all three
collectively.

 

I always thought my blind stamped covers had simply lost their gilt, since I
have volumes that basically have no gilt left anywhere. But it was quite
puzzling with those volumes that had no gilt left on the cover when the
spines were still bright and sharp.

 

Darrell 

 

From: Scot Kamins <kamins at modernlib.com>
To: For collectors of Modern Library books <modlib at thuban.owu.edu>
Sent: Friday, June 24, 2011 12:01 PM
Subject: [ModLib] Designation for regular binding style variation?

Folks,

As I was preparing for a talk about the ML I'm giving on Saturday at a local
book faire, I noticed that the Regular Bindings Style page
(http://www.modernlib.com/Identifiers/bindingsReg/bindingsReg.html) had no
illustration for the Style 5 variation (the grape-leaf spine) with a
blind-stamped logo on the front panel. I added it, and designated it Style
5*.

The reason I used 5* is that there already is a 5a, evidently only in use in
April 1929. Here are all the dates (which I'd be happy to correct if
necessary) & descriptions:
5a: April 1929 -- Spine: gold text; double lines at spine top; grape vine
image at spine bottom. Front: Kent torchbearer image stamped in gold
5: April 1929 - May (?) 1930. Spine: gold text; no lines at top; grape vine
image at spine bottom. Front: Kent torchbearer image stamped in gold
5*: May 1930 - November 1930. Spine: gold text; no lines at top; grape vine
image at spine bottom. Front: blindstamped Kent torchbearer image

The reason I used 5* for the new image is that 5a is earlier than 5 and I
thought that 5b for a later style would be confusing. (OK, MORE confusing.)
I can easily be talked into using a different designation. but we have to
decide now before the 5* designation takes hold.

Your comments please?


Scot Kamins
......................
It's all sandcastles ...



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