[ModLib] ML Book Club Editions pre-1975

Brian LeMasters brianlemasters at gmail.com
Fri Jun 22 15:40:32 EDT 2012


The volumes that I have with a "w" on the copyright page are:
39  Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography,  Which of these 380, Spring 1958.
58  The Complete Writings of Thucydides, Fall 1963 by end of text catalog.
155  Walden and Other Writings of HDT,   Which of these 371, Fall 1954.

What pic would you like me to take of these, since I have them down from 
the shelf?

These volumes are identical to the rest of the normal regulars on my 
shelf so I don't think they were a BCE.

If you compile a list, please to send one my way.  Also, Barry may be 
able to confirm his suspicion.


On 6/22/2012 9:40 AM, Bill Hornick wrote:
> 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 edition?
> - 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 brochure?
> 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 helpful.
> Thanking all of you in advance,
> Bill Hornick
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