[ModLib] ML Book Club Editions pre-1975

jwol jwol at fast.net
Fri Jun 22 13:53:07 EDT 2012

I recall seeing the W on several of my books but did not make a notation in
my inventory, so . I would need to look through the books themselves.
Given some time I can have a look.


I also recall a dealer incorrectly indicating the W meant it was a first
edition ML book.  Armed with my copy of Toledano, I knew better.


John Wolansky


From: modlib-bounces at thuban.owu.edu [mailto:modlib-bounces at thuban.owu.edu]
On Behalf Of Bill Hornick
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2012 10:40 AM
To: modlib at thuban.owu.edu
Subject: [ModLib] ML Book Club Editions pre-1975


Dear ML Collectors,


Yesterday while browsing for some elusive titles for my collection, I came
across more than a dozen dealer listings for "book club editions" of ML
titles.  Most of the listings were associated with the Book of the Month
Club.  I assume that these editions were the titles listed in the BOMC
promotion as depicted in the brochure pictured on the ML website.


Several of the dealers identified these editions as having a "W" centered
below the date on the copyright page.  Indeed, my copy of 119.2, Moby Dick,
has this W.  I suspect that if these editions exist they will be mostly
Regulars in binding #8.


The key questions are:

- Does this W actually indicate a book club edition?

- Is there any other indicator of a book club edition, especially on the
copyright page?

- Do any of you have ML titles with the W or other indicator of a book club

- Do any of you have any information concerning pre-1975 book club editions?

- Do any of you have a list of ML titles existing in such editions?

- Are they the titles listed on the BOMC brochure or do they post-date the


Any and all information on this topic would be greatly appreciated.  My
previous request of many months ago received no response.  This might be an
overlooked area of ML collecting.


If you can attach a photo to your email response, it would be extremely


Thanking all of you in advance,

Bill Hornick

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