[ModLib] Bellamy Jacket Variations

Gordon Barrick Neavill neavill at wayne.edu
Sat Sep 14 18:55:10 EDT 2013

My first printing dj (spring 1942, 281 titles) w Broun intro: INTRODUCTION BY HEYWOOD BROUN in blue, A MODERN LIBRARY BOOK in yellow.

Fall 1951 printing with Shurter introduction: dj 358 titles, no introduction statement on dj, A MODERN LIBRARY BOOK in white.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Ron Holl" <ron at scribblemonger.com>
To: "For collectors of Modern Library books" <modlib at thuban.owu.edu>
Sent: Saturday, September 14, 2013 5:49:39 PM
Subject: [ModLib] Bellamy Jacket Variations

I've noticed that both of the Bellamy (Looking Backward, 22.3/22.4)
jackets (one with the intro statement on the front, the other without) had
the "A Modern Library Book" statement printed in both white and yellow. 
The original jackets on modernlib displayed yellow for the first one (with
the intro statement) and white for the second.

Scot and I are attempting to learn whether the coloring was random for
each jacket, or if it transitioned for both.  With the latter case, we'd
then like to determine the date ranges.  If ML collectors with this title
in their collection could report in, we'd appreciate it.

>From what we have so far, it appears that it was not random and the
sequence is:  Intro, Yellow -> Intro White -> No Intro White -> No Intro
Yellow.  Here is our data (Jacket Style, # Titles, Date):

Intro, Yellow:
h(4), unknown, unknown
unknown, 344, Fall 1949

Intro, White:
h(5), unknown, unknown

No Intro, White:
h(5), 362, Fall 1952
i, 370, Spring 1954

No Intro, Yellow:
i, 374, Fall 1955
i, 388, unknown
unknown, 408, Spring 1962

With the data above you can see the progression but we'd like a little
more data before making a conclusion.  And to get accurate date ranges
we'll need observations from right around the transition periods.



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