[ilds] Durrell Bibliographical Query

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Sun Feb 13 10:59:18 PST 2011


While I can understand the desire to have a complete first, along with dust jacket, would a "restored" dj add any value?  I suspect not.  I take it "restored" means a modern copy.

Bruce



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On Feb 13, 2011, at 10:47 AM, William Godshalk <william.godshalk at gmail.com> wrote:

> Yes, there seems to be a retrorestorer (Wythe)who does Durrell dust jackets. What djs are being restored?
> 
> Bill
> 
> On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 8:58 PM, Charles Sligh <Charles-Sligh at utc.edu> wrote:
> On 9/15/10 7:29 PM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>> 
>> Yes.  The correct phrases read:
>> 
>> 1.  with a writer of quite unusual distinction.
>> 
>> 2.  it embodies "memories of this pure sunlight,"
>> 
>> 3.  "in idle friendship and humour"
>> 
>> 
> Thanks, Bruce.
> 
> Are those from a Justine Faber 1.2?  What is your source?
> 
> I am recalling Mr. Wythe's query:
> 
>> I am the founder of the ReproJackets project to create a repository of digitally-restored dustjackets of collectible books (www.reprojackets.com) and am in the process of restoring that of the UK 1st edition of Justine (2nd impression).
> That is to say, if Mr. Wythe's intention is "fidelity" in facsimile, the source of the text matters.  As you can imagine, variants occur throughout jacket issues.
> 
> On the one hand, what matters here is not fidelity to Harold Nicolson's words but rather an accurate transcription of the Faber Justine 1.2 jacket, with all of its lovely particularities and peculiarities.  
> 
> On the other hand, the rationale and the method for the facsimile project seem rife with problems.  Why not obtain a more intact example form which to scan a facsimile?  What will Mr. Wythe be doing to patch up the holes in his jacket -- inserting his own text into a scan of the jacket?  Oh dear.
> 
> This is not to say that there will not be some sort of market for Mr. Wythe's work. If the things are affordable, one could do worse for wall decoration.
> 
> Anyone attending book fairs in London will have anecdotes about how some Faber jackets fetch higher prices than the books to which they were originally wed.  
> 
> I appreciate the fact that attention is finally being given to some the best Design Art of the 20th century.  The Faber house style from the 1950s and 1960s is on par with the Blue Note record label house style during the comparable years.   But respect for such "ephemera" has been a long time coming.  
> 
>> The British Library is committed to collecting every British publication, but from the 1920s until 1955 library staff removed all dust jackets from newly-acquired books. A selection of these dust jackets, mainly chosen from those bearing illustrations or designs of interest, was kept separately from the books from which they were taken. These dust jackets are held by the V&A on loan where they can be viewed by appointment in the Blythe House Reading Room.
>> 
>> From 1956 to 1991 the British Library removed and retained all British dust jackets as well as some from foreign language volumes. A selection of these is held by the V&A, a collection that  totals more than 11,000 items. Whilst the majority of these are taken from British publications, dust jackets from a variety of countries can be found in the collection, including Europe, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, South America, India, Japan and Russia. 
> 
> British Library Dust Jackets at the V&A
> http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/prints_books/features/Dust%20Jackets/index.html
> 
> BRITISH LIBRARY DUST JACKETS AT THE V&A
> http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/prints_books/features/Dust%20Jackets/looking_collection/index.html
> LOOKING AT THE COLLECTION
> Faber & Faber
> http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/prints_books/features/Dust%20Jackets/looking_collection/Faber_Faber/index.html
> 
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