[ModLib] Late 1960s GIant Jackets

Bill Hornick willthemad at aol.com
Tue Jul 23 22:27:48 EDT 2013

My copy of Poe in binding G7 has a DJ back style Gi, variation 2.

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From: Ron Holl <ron at scribblemonger.com>
To: For collectors of Modern Library books <modlib at thuban.owu.edu>
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 ‘o’;
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 READER
”  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:
l’ <-> Gh (including variations)
m’ <-> Gp
n’ <-> Gj (including variations)
o’ <-> 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
o’ 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, we’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, we’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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