[ModLib] Variant Boni & Liveright bindings

John Peterson jpetersonlhi at frontier.com
Fri Aug 2 06:52:08 EDT 2013

I have Van Loon, Ancient Man in the non flexible binding in blue cloth with 
the #2 markings.

John Peterson

-----Original Message----- 
From: Gordon Barrick Neavill
Sent: Thursday, August 01, 2013 8:34 PM
To: For collectors of Modern Library books
Subject: [ModLib] Variant Boni & Liveright bindings

I've seen the following B&L titles in variant bindings (dark red imitation 
leather or blue cloth):

Norris, McTeague (dark red imitation leather)
Woman Question (dark red imitation leather)
Yeats, ed., Irish fairy and folk tales (non-flexible binding in blue cloth)
Diana of the Crossways (non-flexible binding in blue cloth)
Gilbert, Mikado (non-flexible binding in blue cloth)

I have copies of a couple of these; the others were in the collection of the 
pioneering ML collector John Ely which is now at the Beinecke Library at 

I've always assumed (without documentary evidence) that the ML was testing a 
new binding or the B&L binder ran short of the regular binding material.

Does anyone have other examples?

Gordon B. Neavill
Associate Professor
School of Library and Information Science
Wayne State University
106 Kresge Library
Detroit, MI 48202
313-577-0507; 313-577-7563 (fax)

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