[ModLib] Identifying False Firsts

John Thorne leemetford at hotmail.com
Tue Dec 13 19:21:05 EST 2016

Scott and Ron,

I can add two titles, The Cream of the Jest and Jurgen, both by James Branch Cabell.

Book Title



True First Indicator(s)

False slug ever removed?


The Cream of the Jest



Catalog dated to Fall 1925 (includes Dumas, Camille, but not Anderson, Poor White)


2nd (?) printing dated to Spring 1927 has 1st notice; later printings (I've identified nine total) do not.




Catalog dated to Spring 1934 (includes Caldwell, God's Little Acre, but not Heyward, Porgy)


2nd (?) printing dated to Fall 1937 has 1st notice; later printings (I've identified four total) do not.


John Thorne

From: modlib-bounces at thuban.owu.edu <modlib-bounces at thuban.owu.edu> on behalf of Scot Kamins <kamins at modernlib.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 3:34 PM
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Subject: [ModLib] Identifying False Firsts

We've long known about several titles that have kept their First Edition slugs beyond the initial printings. Most notorious among these are Thurber's The Thurber Carnival<http://www.modernlib.com/authors/tAuthors/ThurberJackets.html#085.3> and Bememmans's My War With The United States<http://www.modernlib.com/authors/bAuthors/bemelmansJackets.html#175.2>. Now there's an article that lists these pesky anomalies along with points that let you separate the false from the real.

The new article, False Firsts, is here: http://www.modernlib.com/Identifiers/FalseFirsts.html.

The list may be incomplete. If you know of other titles that belong here, please let us know<mailto:scot.kamins at icloud.com>.

As a reminder, the complementary article, Stalking the Unmarked First, is here: http://www.modernlib.com/Identifiers/hiddenFirsts.html

Scot and Ron

People today would starve the eagles to save the hares -- Jack Donovan

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