[ModLib] Balloon cloth binding question

Darrell Johnson zebradlj at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 10 20:18:39 EST 2011

My Huxley is listed as "rust" which I presume is the "brown" you refer to;  my Malraux is blue.
My Woolf and Confucius firsts are invisible.

From: Gordon Barrick Neavill <neavill at wayne.edu>
To: modlib at thuban.owu.edu
Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2011 11:48 AM
Subject: [ModLib] Balloon cloth binding question

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.

Many thanks!

Gordon B. Neavill
Associate Professor
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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