[ModLib] REDUX: Blind stamped bindings
ron at scribblemonger.com
Wed Aug 21 10:58:15 EDT 2013
Correction to that last email:
Barry listed 8 titles with a 5.2 first binding, not 7. The one I missed
was 168.1 Great Modern Short Stories. It is interesting that the T# for
this title is before five other titles which have 5.1 first bindings.
Also, the first DJ title count (169) matches (or is close to) those other
5.1 first binding titles.
> Hi Barry,
> Is that a complete list of ML titles with a first binding of 5.2 (blind
> stamped type 5 binding)?
> There are 31 titles with a first binding type of 5. You listed 7 which
> you have with 5.2 as the first binding; of those, 6 have T#s sequentially
> after 173.1 (which had a 5.1 first binding). But you also include 107.2,
> so it seems like you have covered the non-sequential also.
> There are 6 non-sequential titles with a type 5 first binding. You
> covered one of those as having a 5.2 first binding. One other is a 1929
> release. We have observed 5.1 bindings in 3 of the other 4. That leaves
> one non-sequential title from 1930: 43.2 Huneker/Painted Veils. Can you
> confirm that has a first binding of 5.1?
>> A number of ML titles published in 1930 had the grape vine design on the
>> spine with a blind stamped torchbearer on the front cover. I have first
>> printings in this format of Maugham, Of Human Bondage; Cervantes, Don
>> Quixote; Great Modern Short Stories; Mencken, Selected Prejudices;
>> Faust; Walpole, Fortitude; Young, The Medici; and Huxley, Point Counter
>> Earlier titles with the grape vine design in gold on the spine and the
>> torchbearer in gold on the front cover used more gold that was
>> economically feasible for books retailing at 95 cents. Cerf and
>> solution was to eliminate gold from the front cover and blind stamp the
>> torchbearer. It wasn't long before they eliminated the grape vine
>> altogether, leaving just the 2-line imprint MODERN | LIBRARY in gold on
>> the spine. That allowed them to restore gold stamping for the
>> the torchbearer on the front panel of the binding.
>> 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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