[ModLib] REDUX: Blind stamped bindings

Ron Holl ron at scribblemonger.com
Fri Aug 23 10:27:57 EDT 2013


Never mind on Painted Veils; I've observed a first edition in the 5.1
configuration.

I'm still curious about 168.1 having a first configuration of 5.2.



> 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.
>
>
> ron
>
>
>
>
>> 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?
>>
>> Thanks.
>>
>> ron
>>
>>
>>
>>> 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;
>>> Goethe,
>>> Faust; Walpole, Fortitude; Young, The Medici; and Huxley, Point Counter
>>> Point.
>>>
>>> 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
>>> Klopfer's
>>> solution was to eliminate gold from the front cover and blind stamp the
>>> torchbearer.  It wasn't long before they eliminated the grape vine
>>> design
>>> 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.
>>>
>>> Barry
>>> --
>>> 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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