[ModLib] DJ/Book Title Disparities

Robert Sanger rsanger at sangerswysen.com
Wed Jan 9 20:57:54 EST 2013

Now, I know you all know this but there is a rare variant of Moby Dick
where the name of the illustrator, Rockwell Kent, was included on the
cover and Herman Melville's name was omitted.  That was soon remedied,
hence, the rarity.  I think the explanation was that the publisher was
so excited to have Kent as an illustrator that he forgot to include the
author's name  -- was this a story told by Bennett Cerf?
Anyway, best to all,
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From: modlib-bounces at thuban.owu.edu
[mailto:modlib-bounces at thuban.owu.edu] On Behalf Of Gordon Barrick
Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2013 3:00 PM
To: For collectors of Modern Library books
Subject: Re: [ModLib] DJ/Book Title Disparities

It's customary for publishers to print the main part of the title only
on the spine. Subtitles and alternative titles such as "The Whale" are
typically omitted. I'd note the spine title only if it's different from
the title given on the title page. 





From: "Bill Hornick" <willthemad at aol.com>
To: modlib at thuban.owu.edu
Sent: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 2:04:19 PM
Subject: Re: [ModLib] DJ/Book Title Disparities

One question before I dive into the task tomorrow: Should I note a
disparity when the DJ spine and/or cover or book spine omits the
subtitle listed on the title page (e.g., G64.1, Moby Dick vs. Moby Dick
or The Whale)?


-----Original Message-----
From: Scot Kamins <kamins at modernlib.com>
To: For collectors of Modern Library books <modlib at thuban.owu.edu>
Sent: Tue, Jan 8, 2013 6:26 pm
Subject: [ModLib] DJ/Book Title Disparities


Bill Hornick points to cases where looking at a different place for a
book's title can lead to confusion and sometimes to wrong book orders.
He suggests that there should be a ModernLib page listing these

Modern Library books have as many as seven places where the title can
* DJ spine
* DJ front cover
* DJ front flap
* Book spine
* Book cover
* Half-title page
* Title page

Here are two simple cases:
 -- The 5th DJ of 100.3 ( 
http://www.modernlib.com/authors/sAuthors/swiftJackets.html#100.2 )
shows Gulliver's Travels / A Tale of a Tub / The Battle of the Books on
the DJ front panel. The same title appears on the book's title page. But
the book's spine and front cover (#8 binding at least) both just list
Gulliver's Travels.
-- The 4th DJ of 181.1 ( 
http://www.modernlib.com/authors/pAuthors/platoJackets.html#181.1 ) says
The Philosophy of Plato on the spine and front panel but the book's
spine and cover  say The Works of Plato, as does the title page.

Much greater offenders  include the Aiken poetry books ( 
ml#101.2 ) and I suspect the various collections of Ibsen plays ( 
http://www.modernlib.com/authors/iAuthors/ibsenJackets.html#006.1 ),
although I can't confirm this because I don't have any of them. (Long

I think this is worth doing.

The nice thing about this project is that it's so easy for people to
check -- you just look at the seven possible places for any mismatches!
There are no dates to look up, no numbers to compare. You just look, and
the disparities manifest themselves. 

Actually, perhaps you can skip the half-title page and DJ front flap.
They may present differences, but since I suspect nobody looks there for
book/DJ matching and ordering purposes, differences don't matter and
therefor are of little use.

 I'll suggest a format for reporting after I see a few emails from
people. I'd prefer to see a public discussion, but you're shy you can
just email me (kamins at ModernLib.com) your thoughts on this 

 -- Scot Kamins

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