[ModLib] Late 1960s GIant Jackets

Bill Hornick willthemad at aol.com
Tue Jul 23 17:14:36 EDT 2013

You are correct; the First Edition statement says February, 1968.

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From: Ron Holl <ron at scribblemonger.com>
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Subject: Re: [ModLib] Late 1960s GIant Jackets

Hi Bill,
My guess is the James first states Feb or March 1968 (or some other early
onth).  The other 3 from 1968 (in Gj2) are all Sep.

 My First Edition copy of James/Writings has DJ back style Gj, variation 1.
 My First Edition copy of Thomas/Lincoln also has DJ back style Gj,
 variation 2.
 Good fortune in your data quest.

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 From: Ron Holl <ron at scribblemonger.com>
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 Sent: Tue, Jul 23, 2013 1:31 pm
 Subject: [ModLib] Late 1960s GIant Jackets

 Scot and I have been working on classifying dust jacket variations, and
 ave found additional characteristics of the late 60s and early 70s
 ackets.  We all know that regular type ‘n’ came before regular type
 he ‘o’ jacket only exists on type 14 bindings which originated in 1969.
 he ‘n’ jackets started showing up in 1967.  Other than dimensions the
 acket backs are very similar, the main difference appears to be the
 lacement of the text block which starts as “FOR THE MODERN READERÂ
”  We
 ave not documented it anywhere (although the sample images show it), that
 ith few exceptions the ‘n’ jackets have this block below the “ml” logo
 hile the ‘o’ jackets have the block to the right of the “ml” logo.
 Continuing to the giants, we have observed that the Gj jackets have the
 ext block below the logo, and the Gi jackets have the text to the right.
  theory can be established thus:
 In this regard, Gj is similar to ‘n’, Gi is similar to ‘o’.  Extending
 his to dates of introduction, one could conclude that Gj was introduced
 long with the ‘n’ jackets, and Gi along with the ‘o’ jackets.  And,
 inally, that Gj preceded Gi in its introduction.   To see if empirical
 ata matches this theory, here are what we believe are the first edition
 ackets for late 1960 giants:
 G90.1	Philosophies of Art and Beauty	1966	Gh
 94.1	Leatherstocking Saga		1966	Gh
 95.1	World of Opera			1966	Gp
 97.1	Lost Illusions			1967	Gj1
 98.1	The Wall			1967	Gj1
 96.1	Writings (James)		1968	Gj?
 64.2	Lincoln				1968	Gj2
 80.2	Basic Writings			1968	Gj2
 44.2	Second Sex			1968	Gj2
 99.1	Cotton Kingdom			1969	Gi2
 100.0	Children of Sanchez		1969	Gi2
 101.1	English Romantic Poets		1970	Gi2
 102.1	Between Hume and Mill		1970	Gi2
 The progression and dates line up very nicely between regular and giant
 ackets.  The mapping is:
 lÂ’ <-> Gh (including variations)
 mÂ’ <-> Gp
 nÂ’ <-> Gj (including variations)
 oÂ’ <-> Gi (including variations)
 Another similarity is the n/o/Gj/Gi variations.  Like the ‘o1’ there is
 robably no ‘Gi1’ in existence; those jacket types came out after
 ariation 2 was already in place.
 We also believe it is unusual for a jacket to exist in both the ‘n’ and
 oÂ’ states (and even less likely in the Gj and Gi states).  Although
 erhaps that is not the case.  This is where we could use some help.  With
 he aid of the pages shown below, weÂ’d appreciate accurate reports on any
 j and Gi jackets including variations.  There is a concern, due to the
 imilarity between Gj and Gi, that some of our data for these jackets is
 ot accurate.  In particular, weÂ’d like to confirm that Thomas/Lincoln had
 oth a Gj and Gi jacket.  We would also like a confirmation on the first
 dition jacket for James/Writings.
 Giant jacket backs:
 Gj and Gi variations:


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