[ilds] Durrell Bibliographical Query

William Godshalk william.godshalk at gmail.com
Sun Feb 13 17:06:00 PST 2011


A simple, meaningless cultural activity, much like reading fiction.

On Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 1:59 PM, Bruce Redwine
<bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>wrote:

> 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
>
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> 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>
> 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 (<http://www.reprojackets.com/>
>> www.reprojackets.com) and am in the process of restoring that of the UK 1
>> st 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<http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/prints_books/features/Dust%20Jackets/index.html#viewing_dust_jackets>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>
>> 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>
>> 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>
>> http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/prints_books/features/Dust%20Jackets/looking_collection/Faber_Faber/index.html
>>
>>
>> --
>> ********************************************
>> Charles L. Sligh
>> Assistant Professor
>> Department of English
>> University of Tennessee at Chattanooga <charles-sligh at utc.edu>charles-sligh at utc.edu
>> ********************************************
>>
>>
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