[ModLib] Balloon cloth binding question

jwol jwol at fast.net
Thu Nov 10 20:53:22 EST 2011

#7 Confused , I have one in green and one in red
#33 Man's Fate, two in what I am guessing is brown
#209 Antic, brown, I think.  I originally logged it as maroon
#217 Light, red
And they all have jackets.
If scans would be helpful, let me know.  I have a problem with colors.

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From: modlib-bounces at thuban.owu.edu [mailto:modlib-bounces at thuban.owu.edu]
On Behalf Of Gordon Barrick Neavill
Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2011 12:48 PM
To: modlib at thuban.owu.edu
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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