[ModLib] Illustrated ML Green Mansions

John Peterson jpetersonlhi at frontier.com
Fri Sep 7 16:39:58 EDT 2012


I have a copy w/green cloth spine (boxed).  A handwritten inscription on the 
FFEP reads: "Bluzrick (?) U. of Chicago '45"   Not much help, but there it 

John Peterson

-----Original Message----- 
From: Gordon Barrick Neavill
Sent: Friday, September 07, 2012 2:32 PM
To: modlib at thuban.owu.edu
Subject: [ModLib] Illustrated ML Green Mansions

The spine of most copies of the Illustrated ML Green Mansions is covered in 
yellow cloth, but I have one copy in green cloth. Is this the first 
printing? Or did the ML's binder just run out of yellow cloth at some 
point -- this was during WWII and there were lots of shortages -- and had to 
use green cloth in some copies?

If you have a copy of the Illustrated Modern Library in a green cloth spine, 
I'd be grateful if you could check and see if there are any markings that 
might help date it (date of purchase, a dated inscription in a gift copy, 

There were at least 3 printings (October 1944, May 1945, and May 1946), and 
possibly a another printing in 1945. All of my slipcased copies indicate on 
the verso of the title page, "A. S. Barnes & Co., Inc., are the publishers 
of the Illustrated Modern Library."  Paper rationing during the Second World 
War forced the ML to turn publication of the Illustrated ML over to Barnes 
for the duration of the war. Each publisher's paper quota was based on the 
amount of paper it used before the war; as a publisher of college textbooks, 
Barnes had more paper than it needed since most college-age males were 
serving in the armed forces.  Random House retained responsibility for all 
editorial aspects of the series and for distribution, and it told Barnes 
when to order new printings and how many copies to print.  The May 1946 
printing was the first after the end of paper rationing.  It was published 
in an acetate jacket and indicates on the verso of the title page, "Random 
House is the publ!
isher of the Illustrated Modern Library".



Gordon B. Neavill
Associate Professor
School of Library and Information Science
Wayne State University
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Detroit, MI 48202
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