MODERN LIBRARY. MODERN LIBRARY COLLECTION.
In 1989, Boston Book Company published A DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE MODERN LIBRARY: 1917-1970, by George Andes. Andes frequently referred to the books in this collection as he prepared his manuscript for publication.
It is comprised of a total of 1,917 volumes, occupying approximately 139 feet of shelving.
It contains 613 titles (from a total of 621) issued in the first Modern Library series from 1917 through 1970, of which 537 are first Modern Library editions. Of the remaining titles, 20 are revisions of earlier releases and 56 fall into a period between 1960-64 and part of 1965, when first Modern Library Editions were not designated as such (see Andes APPENDIX III).
Another 1,304 volumes represent variants of titles that remained in the series for many years in a variety of bindings, with several different endpapers, title-pages, and dust wrappers.
1. Some highlights of the collection
- Two copies of the first Modern Library Edition of THE GREAT GATSBY, with an introduction by Fitzgerald for this edition.
- First Modern Library editions of THE MALTESE FALCON, THE AFRICAN QUEEN, VILE BODIES, LITTLE WOMEN, THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, Pynchon's V., DRACULA, THE SUN ALSO RISES , A FAREWELL TO ARMS, and many more.
- Many early titles in pictorial and typographic dustjackets, including many early Boni & Liveright dustjackets.
- First Modern Library Editions of forty-three of the first fifty titles released.
2. Click on "Download PDF" in the Catalogues section to read a complete list of the collection, arranged alphabetically by author/title and numbered 1 – 613, with variants given beneath the main entry. The number and letter codes in parenthesis at the end entries follow Andes’ bibliography.