[ModLib] Comments on this please: Aristotle's Politics 228.1

jwol jwol at fast.net
Sun Dec 1 15:14:31 EST 2013

I recall Gordon, I believe, once stating there is only one first in a
discussion of this matter some years ago.  That is the philosophy I adhered
to while hunting books; however, I then stumbled upon a copy of G22, On War
by Clausewitz with 284 titles on the inverse.  The "official" first edition
was to have 292 titles on the inverse.  My find would have dated the jacket
to a full year before the "official" first.  Then, I found a second copy
with the same pointers.  Subsequent discussion on this board speculated the
front and back of the jackets were printed separately and a box of old
jackets were discovered at a later date and used.  While the ML would not
want to use an older jacket with newer offerings excluded, it was during the
war years and paper scarcity may have been an issue.  Note that both the
Aristotle's Politics and On War had 284 titles referred to as the issue.
Also, I believe the inside of the rear flap had a later list of titles, but
I would need to research that if anyone cares.


How many of the collectors have an Aristotle with 284 on the first.    How
many have an On War with 284 besides me and the individual I sold a copy to?


I am on the fence  on this one, Scott.




From: modlib-bounces at thuban.owu.edu [mailto:modlib-bounces at thuban.owu.edu]
On Behalf Of Scot Kamins
Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2013 2:59 PM
To: Gordon Barriick Neavill; For collectors of Modern Library books
Subject: Re: [ModLib] Comments on this please: Aristotle's Politics 228.1


So it would seem that the absolutely TRUE first DJs of wrapped Politics
carry a 284 title list. It's quite possible, I suppose, that some books with
the more up-to-daate 291 titles left the factory at the same time as the 284
copies, and an argument could be made that they also should be called
firsts.  But Hard Truth must be declared in this matter, lest there be a
schism among collectors.


[:: Donning ModernLib.com Senior Editor's Mitre and speaking ex cathedra ::]
The One True First of Aristotle's Politics carries the number 284. So the
BookNotes will proclaim.


But collectors who insist that their copies of 291 are to be called Firsts
are not to be held in anathema by the faithful. By the same token, 291'ers
should refrain from TPing the home of V. Civiletti who started this mess in
the first place.


Happy Holidays, kids.



On Nov 28, 2013, at 1:08 PM, Gordon Barrick Neavill wrote:

The most reliable way of establishing the publication date of ML (and other)
books is through the listings in Publishers Weekly's "Weekly Record" of
newly published books. PW is the trade journal of the American publishing
industry, and publishers sent copies (not just announcements) of newly
published books for listing.  Aristotle's Politics is listed in the "Weekly
Record" of the issue dated March 13, 1943, so we can reliably conclude that
it was published in March 1943.


Chad's suggestion of why a spring 1943 publication could have a fall 1942
list inside the jacket seems convincing to me.  Printing both sides of
jackets required separate runs through the press, and since the inside of
the jackets for a given season were identical, it makes sense that the ML
printed large quantities of the inside of the jacket first, and subsequently
printed the outsides for new titles that were being added to the series and
for backlist titles that were being reprinted in a given season.  I must
admit that I'd never thought about this before -- thanks Chad!  In the case
of Aristotle's Politics, the ML list inside the jacket is printed in black,
and the outside is printed in medium gray and deep red. What surprises me is
that using leftover jackets with lists  from the previous season inside for
jackets printed the following season didn't happen more often.  My guess is
that Cerf and Klopfer deliberately tried to avoid using jackets with
outdated lists -- the lists were included to tempt customers to buy more ML
books, and it would be bad business to frustrate repeat customers by listing
titles that were no longer available.




From: "Bill Hornick" <willthemad at aol.com>
To: modlib at thuban.owu.edu
Sent: Thursday, November 28, 2013 1:41:56 PM
Subject: Re: [ModLib] Comments on this please: Aristotle's Politics  228.1

It seems quite logical to think that there were occasions when the number of
first-edition books printed did not exactly match the number of dust jackets

If additional jackets were needed, the inverse of the jacket could have
carried an updated list of titles.  The book itself is still a first
edition, first state; if the additional jackets carried a different number
of titles, the dust jacket is still a first edition but now a second state.
Books and jackets are separate entities.  A second or later state dust
jacket does not change the fact that the book is a first edition, first
state.  Many collectors think of second or later state dust jackets as "dust
jacket mismatches" but, in reality, they could have been the true original
joining of the book and dust jacket.  Mr. Toledano recognized this
possibility when he used the rubric that first editions could have dust
jacket title totals within three numbers but exact first numbers carried a

-----Original Message-----
From: Scot Kamins <kamins at modernlib.com>
To: For collectors of Modern Library books <modlib at thuban.owu.edu>
Sent: Thu, Nov 28, 2013 11:21 am
Subject: [ModLib] Comments on this please: Aristotle's Politics 228.1

Looks to me like Vincent is right. What do others think? Are there


Begin forwarded message:


From: Vincent Civiletti <vciviletti at verizon.net>

Date: November 27, 2013 5:47:12 PM PST

To: Scot Kamins <kamins at ModernLib.com>

Subject: Aristotle's Politics 228.1



Aristotle's Politics  228.1

First inverse DJ number:     291

I have a First Edition that has a list that dates it to Spring 1943, but the
cover  is from Fall 1942 with 284 titles. Does this mean that the true First
should have 284 DJ?

V. Civiletti



Scot Kamins


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