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How can I tell if a book
Verifying a Modern Library first edition can be tricky.
In an ideal world, all first editions would identify themselves as such on the copyright page. You'd always find "First Modern Library Edition" or "First Printing" or something comparable. But not all Modern Library first editions carry such first edition slugs, and not all Modern Library books that have such slugs, most notoriously Bemelmans' My War with the United States and Thurber's Thurber Carnival as well as post-1963 editions, are necessarily first editions.
You can use the catalogs on the inverse of dust jackets and at the book's front (early Boni-Liveright titles) or back (later titles through 1963 or so) to tell the date a piece was printed. In tougher cases you can verify that the binding type of the book matches a date range.
Use this process to determine if you have a first edition:
To verify binding dates, use the Quick Guide to Binding Styles on this Website. (For a more detailed explication of older binding types, see John Krygier's article Modern Library Dust Jackets and Bindings: 1917-1939.)
Identifying the first editions of the numbered paperbacks (as opposed to the College Edition paperbacks) is more straightforward: If the number of a Modern Library paperback is the same as the highest number in the list of titles in the series, it's a first. And it's usually a first if the title is one of the 3 or 4 highest numbers in the list since several Modern Library Paperback titles were usually published together. To be sure, use Neavill's Paperback Dating Key. For a further discussion of the topic, see Barry Neavill's article in Edition #46, page 3, of The Modern Library Collector, reviewed elsewhere on ModernLib.
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