[ModLib] Do you have any of these?

Gordon Barrick Neavill neavill at wayne.edu
Tue Mar 29 09:22:09 EDT 2011


I have the following: 

Thus Spake Zarathustra in a 5 binding with blind stamped torchbearer on the front panel 

Best Russian Short Stories in a 3 binding 

Mayor of Casterbridge in a 10 spine with 12 front panel (which appears to be same as John's 9 spine with a 14 front panel). A new front panel design could be implemented universally for all newly printed books, while dies for the spines had to be made individually for each title. 

I'll send a new scan of the red B&L binding as soon as I can. 


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From: "Scot Kamins" <kamins at modernlib.com> 
To: "For collectors of Modern Library books" <modlib at thuban.owu.edu> 
Sent: Monday, March 28, 2011 2:51:37 PM 
Subject: [ModLib] Do you have any of these? 


Bill Hornick's excellent recent contribution of over 50 items to the Bindings Projects ( Confirmed Bindings for Each Title  and  Confirmed Bindings for Each Giant Title ) got me to pay more attention to these lists. Looking them over, some notable gaps turned up. I think we can fill in a lot of these. 

Every week for the foreseeable future, I''ll be asking everyone to spend just 10 minutes or so checking to see if you have any of the current week's investigation targets in your collection. I want to keep the focus very concentrated each week so that everyone can find the time to participate. 

This week I want to focus on four very long lived titles -- titles that began in 1917 and lasted at least until 1970. It's possible that these four titles -- and as far as I can tell, ONLY these four titles -- came in all 14 binding styles! 

Here are the titles and the missing bindings. Do you have any of these? 

Thus Spake Zarathustra  -- Nietzsche:    4.5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14 

Mayor of Casterbridge  -- Hardy:   3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14 

Best Russian Short Stories :    3, 4.5, 6, 9, 11, 12 

Fathers and Sons  -- Turgenev:    5, 9, 10, 11, 13 

If you know for sure (and can back it up) that any title/binding style combo DIDN'T exist, it would be helpful to know that as well. (I'll add a new notation -- a small red " x " -- to the table in the proper position.) 

And thanks for playing!!! 

OH - by the way: Certified Public Accountants who are up to their abacuses in tax filings are allowed an automatic deferment [:: cough John Wolansky   cough ::] through the end of April. 

Scot Kamins 
It's all sandcastles ...  

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