[ModLib] Binding variant style 8 (Blumenthal)

JOHN PETERSON jpetersonlhi at frontier.com
Sat Jun 9 18:30:39 EDT 2012


While my copy of Fineman has the variant binding you describe, my FMLE of 
Odets does not.  I don't have firsts of the other two titles.

John Peterson

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gordon Barrick Neavill" <neavill at wayne.edu>
To: "For collectors of Modern Library books" <modlib at thuban.owu.edu>
Sent: Saturday, June 09, 2012 5:57 AM
Subject: [ModLib] Binding variant style 8 (Blumenthal)

> In revising my entries for 1939 ML titles I discovered a variant form of 
> the style 8 binding designed by Joseph Blumenthal and first used in fall 
> 1939. Four titles were added to the ML fall 1939: Six Plays of Clifford 
> Odets (67) and Steinbeck, In Dubious Battle (115) in September, and 
> Fielding, Joseph Andrews (117) and Fineman, Hear Ye Sons (130) in October. 
> These were the first four titles published in the Blumenthal binding. 
> First printings of all four have plain cream endpapers since Rockwell Kent 
> needed time to revise his endpapers for the larger format.
> To my surprise, I discovered that the October titles, Joseph Andrews and 
> Hear, Ye Sons are bound in a variant of the Blumenthal binding that I've 
> seen nowhere else: there's no torchbearer on the front panel, and the 
> outer rule frame at the bottom is only half an inch from the dark title 
> panel instead of 5/8 inches (the extra eighth of an inch was needed to 
> accommodate the torchbear within the outer frame at the lower right).
> My first printings of the September 1939 titles (Odets and Steinbeck) have 
> the torchbearer on the front panel. It's possible that my copies of these 
> first printings were bound later after the torchbearer on the front panel 
> was introduced, or it's possible that Blumenthal had second thoughts about 
> the front panel and tried a slightly different design for the October 
> titles that was later abandoned. The front panel without the torchbearer 
> has a more classical feel; the front panel with the torchbearer is more 
> cluttered but is probably more effective in a merchandizing sense in that 
> it instantly identifies the volume as a Modern Library book.
> If anyone has copies of first printings of Odets or Steinbeck's In Dubious 
> Battle in bindings without the torchbearer on the front panel of the 
> binding, please let me know!
> Barry
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