[ModLib] Moby-Dick illustrated by Rockwell Kent

Graham, Charles charles.graham at dominican.edu
Tue Feb 25 11:50:28 EST 2014


Just a quick follow up, I noticed the Illustrated Unillustrateds page
specifies Hudson's 89.2.
Cheers,

Chuck Graham
Mail Services Coordinator
Dominican University of California



On Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 8:44 AM, Graham, Charles <
charles.graham at dominican.edu> wrote:

> Greetings,
> Regarding Chad's question, my "Leaves of Grass" (G 50), has illustrations
> (woodcuts?) at the beginning of each 'Book.'
>
> Hi,
>  How about G64, Moby Dick, illustrated by Kent? And speaking of Kent,
> there's Wilderness #182. I do not have G50, Leaves of Grass, but doesn't
> that one have woodcuts?
> Thanks,
> Chad
>
> Also, my "Green Mansions" (89) balloon cloth edition (1931-39 period) does
> not have illustrations, while my later edition (1946-70 period) does have
> some illustrations.
>
> Chuck Graham
> Mail Services Coordinator
> Dominican University of California
>
>
>
> On Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 2:13 PM, Roger Lathbury <lathbury at gmu.edu> wrote:
>
>>  The Modern Library Giant of *Moby-Dick* derived from the Random House
>> trade edition, with these illustrations, of 1930. That one in turn is a
>> photomechanical reproduction of the spectacular Chicago Lakeside edition of
>> 1930, in three volumes, in an aluminum case, very large format. Current
>> value depending on condition = $5000-$10,000. This book is one of the few
>> illustrated versions of classic that enhance and do honor to the original
>> text. *Moby-Dick* was in every serious reader's library by 1930, so
>> there was no need fo another edition (besidws it was already a Modern
>> Library book). The illustrations were the raison d'etre here. They made
>> Kent even more famous so that the illustrations were as sought after as the
>> prose that accompanied them; no one reads *Wilderness* for the text.
>> These two books were not illustrated, though, for the Modern Library but
>> were conceived of as equal partnerships between author and artist.
>>
>>
>>  My own G64 is signed by Kent (signed in the mid 1960's) who thought it
>> quite normal to be asked to autograph a book he did not write. (Kent's
>> daughter worked at the college I attended.)
>>
>>
>>
>>  Roger Lathbury
>>  ------------------------------
>> *From:* modlib-bounces at thuban.owu.edu <modlib-bounces at thuban.owu.edu> on
>> behalf of Chad Bernu <skinnygypsy at yahoo.com>
>> *Sent:* Monday, February 24, 2014 4:52 PM
>> *To:* For collectors of Modern Library books
>> *Subject:* Re: [ModLib] Illustrator for Heyward's Porgy?
>>
>>  Hi,
>> How about G64, Moby Dick, illustrated by Kent? And speaking of Kent,
>> there's Wilderness #182. I do not have G50, Leaves of Grass, but doesn't
>> that one have woodcuts?
>> Thanks,
>> Chad
>>
>> On Feb 24, 2014, at 2:58 PM, Scot Kamins <kamins at modernlib.com> wrote:
>>
>>  Hi Folks,
>>
>>  A number of occasional illustrations appears in 148.2, Heyward's *Porgy*.
>> Anybody know who did the illustrations?
>>
>>  By the way, as long as we're on the topic, thanks to all who suggested
>> titles for the Illustrated Unillustrated page (in progress). Here are the
>> titles people found so far:
>>
>>  Tortilla Flat
>>
>>  Ancient Man
>>
>>  David Copperfield
>>
>>  Green Mansions
>>
>>  Little Women
>>
>>  My War with the United States
>>
>>  Peter Ibbetson
>>
>>  Porgy
>>
>>  The Art of Aubrey Beardsley
>>
>>  The Art of Rodin
>>
>>  The Art of Whistler
>>
>>  The Idiot
>>
>>  The Thurber Carnival
>>
>>  The Trial
>>
>>  The War In The Air
>>
>>
>>  Thanks,
>>
>>  Scot Kamins
>> .........................
>> *Keep your karma in good working order. Many dragons lie in wait.* -- Wang
>> Wei
>>
>>
>>
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