[ModLib] Balloon cloth binding question

Bill Hornick willthemad at aol.com
Thu Nov 10 13:05:21 EST 2011

Dear Mr. Neavill,
My copy of "Antic Hay" (209), stated first edition, is bound in green balloon cloth.
Happy to help, 
Bill Hornick

-----Original Message-----
From: Gordon Barrick Neavill <neavill at wayne.edu>
To: modlib <modlib at thuban.owu.edu>
Sent: Thu, Nov 10, 2011 12:49 pm
Subject: [ModLib] Balloon cloth binding question

When balloon cloth bindings were introduced in 1929, a portion of each ML 
rinting was bound in each of the four colors used -- red, brown, blue, and 
reen. For example, I have four jacketed copies of the first ML printing of 
uysmans' Against the Grain #183 (1930) -- each of which is bound in balloon 
loth of a different color.
I have always assumed that this practice continued throughout the balloon cloth 
eriod, but I thought it would be good to verify that with the help of other 
Here are four ML titles from the later 1930s. I have first printings of each 
ound as indicated:
Huxley, Antic Hay #209  (1933)  blue balloon cloth
alraux, Man's Fate #33 (1936) green balloon cloth
oolf, To the Lighthouse #217 (1937)  brown balloon cloth
isdom 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.
Many thanks!
ordon B. Neavill
ssociate Professor
chool of Library and Information Science
ayne State University
06 Kresge Library
etroit, MI 48202
13-577-0507; 313-577-7563 (fax)
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