[ModLib] Balloon cloth binding question
Gordon Barrick Neavill
neavill at wayne.edu
Thu Nov 10 12:48:07 EST 2011
When balloon cloth bindings were introduced in 1929, a portion of each ML printing was bound in each of the four colors used -- red, brown, blue, and green. For example, I have four jacketed copies of the first ML printing of Huysmans' Against the Grain #183 (1930) -- each of which is bound in balloon cloth of a different color.
I have always assumed that this practice continued throughout the balloon cloth period, but I thought it would be good to verify that with the help of other collectors.
Here are four ML titles from the later 1930s. I have first printings of each bound as indicated:
Huxley, Antic Hay #209 (1933) blue balloon cloth
Malraux, Man's Fate #33 (1936) green balloon cloth
Woolf, To the Lighthouse #217 (1937) brown balloon cloth
Wisdom of Confucius #7 (1938) red balloon cloth
I'd be grateful if you could check your copies of any of these titles -- stated "First Modern Library Edition" only -- and let me know what color cloth is used.
Gordon B. Neavill
School of Library and Information Science
Wayne State University
106 Kresge Library
Detroit, MI 48202
313-577-0507; 313-577-7563 (fax)
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