About This Website
ModernLib (formerly Dogeared) is a site for collectors of the Modern Library series of books as published continuously from 1917 through about 1975. The information deals with the numbered hardback issues 1917-1975 (sewn bindings) plus the quality paperback series 1955-1960. I currently exclude the Modern Library College Editions because few people collect them.
For detailed information about ModernLib beyond what you find on this brief page, see the ModernLib section on the FAQ page.
Everything on ModernLib is open to everyone. Such information includes dozens of articles on the general aspects of Modern Library collecting: The history of the series, FAQs, material on how to get started, dating keys, and the like. The Amenities site and the ML Mailing List, both independent of ModernLib, are also open to all after an initial free registration.
Other informationaccess to the database of authors' pages containing around 2000 dust jacket images and information specific to a particular title and edition (including first edition points) used to be available only to registered members, but starting in January 2008 the site was opened to all comers.
ML Collecting Entities
ModernLib deals with the left-brain side of the hobby: facts, figures, edition points, dust jackets, bindings, variations, contentsstuff about the books themselves. ModernLib's complementary site, Ron Holl's Modern Library Amenities, deals with the right-brain side: personal stuff about collectors and their collections. (Amenities might also deal with other ML topics that ModernLib doesn't cover, plus some material from the post-1970 period.) A third entity, the Modern Library Mailing List hosted by John Krygier at Ohio Wesleyan University, handles discussions among ML collectors and is the official communication medium for both ModernLib and Amenities.