[ModLib] Highest asking price record for a ML volume?

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Fri Jul 5 19:46:55 EDT 2013

I saw this book at a fair about fifteen years ago price $7,500
In a message dated 7/5/2013 8:40:33 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
kamins at modernlib.com writes:

SUCH a  deal!  Cheap at twice the price.  

Why, it's the only true book bargain left in Great Britain today.

On Jul 5, 2013, at 2:42 AM, _BookScene.com_ (http://bookscene.com/)  wrote:

 (mailto:modlib at thuban.owu.edu) New Abebooks Listing
>From  Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member (London, United Kingdom)

The  Great Gatsby.
Published by New York: The Modern  Library, 1934


8vo. Original brown cloth, titles  to spine gilt, top edge stained red, 
pattened endpapers. With the dust  jacket. An excellent copy in the frayed dust 
jacket with a repaiered split  at one fold. First Modern Library Edition; 
with a new introduction by the  author. Presentation copy; inscribed by the 
author "With best wishes from F.  Scott Fitzgerald to his neighbor in Tryon." 
Additionally annoted in ink by  the author at the top margin of the 
introduction, "Very bad introduction."  Recipient's ink inscription on the 
half-title "Marion B. Greene. Tryon -  1935." Marion Bristow Greene hailed 
origianlly from Providence, Rhode Island  and was in all likelihood staying at the 
Oak Hall Hotel or very nearby in  Tryon, North Carolina at the same time as 
Fitzgerald in February, 1935, only  five months or so after the publication of 
this edition. Tryon's climate  drew visitors who suffered from or feared 
tuberculosis. This copy is bound  in brown cloth, one of several variant 
colours. Lacking the remainder  ("discontinued title") stamp often or even 
usually found, a poignant  reminder of how far the author's reputation and 
popularity had fallen in  such a short time. Bookseller Inventory # 82106

Price: US$  58,097.55
Price: £  37500.00
Neal Fenty
_BookScene.com_ (http://bookscene.com/) 
Bookscene at Gmail.com

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