[ModLib] Tortilla Flat

Roger Lathbury lathbury at gmu.edu
Sun Feb 23 17:43:18 EST 2014

I think I can clear up the business of the illustrations in Tortilla Flat. The first edition of the novel, Covici and Friede, 1935, had the Gannett illustrations. It would have been more expensive to take them out. It would not have saved enough in paper, and the book would have needed to be re-imposed and re-paginated. Since the Covici Friede edition is close in format (size, proportion of pages) to the Modern Library, it was easier to retain the Gannett pictures and produce an illustrated book.

Roger Lathbury

From: modlib-bounces at thuban.owu.edu <modlib-bounces at thuban.owu.edu> on behalf of Scot Kamins <kamins at modernlib.com>
Sent: Sunday, February 23, 2014 5:18 PM
To: For collectors of Modern Library books
Subject: [ModLib] Illustrated MLs that were not ML Illustrated Editions


Just received a nice note from ML collector Drew Asson. He says in part:


I have an illustrated ML edition that I couldn't find listed on your site.  Your site lists the regular edition but not in its illustrated version.  I do not have a dust jacket.  The information is:

  *   Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck (#216)
  *   Binding #14, dark blue color
  *   Endpaper design by Sadamitsu Neil Fujita, green color
  *   Illustrated by Ruth Gannett


(The illustrations appear in all Tortilla Flat printings as far as I can tell.) This brings up a great topic for a new ML article -- ML titles that had illustrations in them but that were NOT part of the ML series of illustrated editions!

How about sending me other titles with illustrations that were not part of the formal illustrated editions ( http://www.modernlib.com/Identifiers/IllustratedNotes.html and http://www.modernlib.com/Identifiers/illustrated.html )including  the name of the illustrator if known  and I'll whip up a new article for the website?

Thanks all,

Scot Kamins

Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past. -- Lily Tomlin

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