[ModLib] G18 Revisited
kamins at modernlib.com
Wed Mar 28 20:14:54 EDT 2012
Barry is quite correct in pointing out what changes have been
sufficient to draw the attention of collectors.
Typically ModernLib has listed as separate collectable editions the
• different intros, or the addition/subtration of one
• different body content including added chapters, change in stories
or essays,and the like
• different pagination sequences
We have tended to ignore type settings beyond changes to pagination.
Bill's argument about pagination is the one that I think is most
germane to this discussion.
On Mar 25, 2012, at 3:46 PM, Gordon Barrick Neavill wrote:
> Practitioners of descriptive bibliography, myself included, have
> always distinguished typesettings. Indeed, bibliographers define
> editions in terms of typesettings. A new typesetting equals a new
> edition. In bibliographical terms, the two typesettings of G18
> costitute two separate editions. There are LOTS of ML titles that
> exist in more than one typesetting, without substantive changes such
> as corrections, revisions, the addition of a new introduction, etc.
> There are two typesettings of the Eleanor Marx Aveling translation
> of Madame Bovary, for example, and the Steegmuller translation adds
> a third. Most collectors distinguish the Aveling and Steegmuller
> translations. Toledano distinguises printings of the Aveling
> translation with and without the Peyre introduction and the
> Steegmuller translation as 28.1, 28.2, and 28.3. 117.1-2 are Wilde's
> De Profundis and Fitgerald's Great Gatsby; 117.3-4 are Fielding's
> Joseph Andrews without the bibliography following Jones's
> introduction and with the bibliography. This system isn't perfect,
> but it seems to work well enough for most collectors.
> Having said this, the numbering system of my forthcoming
> bibliographical study of the ML is based on chronology and clearly
> distinguishes editions in the bibliographical sense. The 642 titles
> in the regular ML published between 1917 and 1985 are numbered
> 1-642, beginning with Wilde's Dorian Gray (1917) and ending with
> Twain's Huckleberry Finn (642). The one "reissue" that appeared
> later is the 1986 printing of Lawrence's Sons and Lovers with the
> woodcut illustration by Stephen Alcorn on the jacket and at the
> beginning of the book -- but this is numbered 99.3c and is included
> with other ML printings of Sons and Lovers. Sons and Lovers was the
> 99th title added to the ML, and it exisits in three typesettings
> (99.1, 99.2, and 99.3). These are further subdivided into seven
> "families" of printings as follows: 99.1a, first printing with B&L
> title page; 99.1b with the ML, Inc. title page; 99.2a (1933) printed
> from a new typesetting; 99.2b Blumenthal format with title page
> reset (around 1941); 99.3a printed from a new typesetting (1962) w.
> 420 pp.; 99.3b, first "reissue" format; and 99.3c, second reissue
> format with Alcorn woodcut. There were an unknown number of
> printings in each "family" though I suspect that 99.3c probably
> exists in a single printing.
> Four American publishers brought out printings of Sons and Lovers
> before it appeared in the ML -- Mitchell Kennerly, 1913; Thomas
> Seltzer, 1923; A. & C. Boni; and Viking Press. The ML "edition"
> appeared in spring 1923. There were an unknown number of printings
> of 99.1 by the ML between 1923 and 1933, when the ML ordered a new
> typesetting. In bibliographical terms, the first 20 years of
> printings by five different publishers (including the ML), all from
> the same plates, consitute the first edition. Collectors, of
> course, consider the first American edition to be the first Mitchell
> Kennerly printing and would complain if they received a copy of the
> ML reprint in response to an order for the "first edition".
> I think the numbering system used by Toledano, Scott's website, and
> most collectors works well, despite its failure to distinguish
> typesettings. My bibliography should be available within the next
> 18 months or so, and then we can work on a "crosswalk" between the
> two numbering systems.
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