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Author Topic: Methuen Shilling Novels
Karen
Posts: 35
re: Methuen Shilling Novels
(posted on: February 22, 2010 at 13:46:06)

 
Hi Scott - Thanks for that - I did look at a Modern Library site when this book arrived but obviously the wrong one. Now I can see why you would all want to collect them. Lovely dust jackets! [Shame my one didn't have one, not least as it would have covered the damage]. I had been a bit puzzled by the whole thing, the title page and logo looked good but otherwise seemed a bit boring but then I don't like Everymans either - those jackets make all the difference.
 
scotkamins
Posts: 10
re: Methuen Shilling Novels
(posted on: February 22, 2010 at 12:21:38)

 
Of course, for the TRUE in-depth poop on the Modern Library -- specifically the classic years of sewn bindings -- go to www.ModernLib.com. There you'll find everything you could possibly want to know about the series, including literally thousands of DJ and binding variety scans and notes on the 2,000 or so titles published 1917 - 1974. It's a great site.

But then again, I'm somewhat prejudiced on the matter ...
 
RonHoll
Posts: 112
re: Methuen Shilling Novels
(posted on: February 22, 2010 at 09:31:56)

 
Another ML gone forever! (To the BIN no less.)

I'm glad you have finally observed one in person. Or, I suppose, 'in book' would be the more appropriate phrase.
 
Karen
Posts: 35
re: Methuen Shilling Novels
(posted on: February 21, 2010 at 12:06:55)

 
Hi Ron - yes you're quite right - no dust jacket and it's heading for the bin. Quite a distinctive logo anyway and pleased I've found out what one looks like. I'll keep a look out for the flexible cover ones. cheers.
 
RonHoll
Posts: 112
re: Methuen Shilling Novels
(posted on: February 21, 2010 at 10:25:04)

 
No dust jacket I presume? The jackets are almost a necessity; a few will collect without, but not many.

I imagine you don't see them very often. Although I have bought a couple from UK sellers. An equivalent series in Great Britain is Everyman's Library. A number of ML collectors are also EL collectors.

If you ever see an ML in the flexible covers (slightly smaller) with the jacket, they are more valuable. Picking them up (in good shape) under US$10 is usually a good buy.
 
Karen
Posts: 35
re: Methuen Shilling Novels
(posted on: February 21, 2010 at 07:01:03)

 
Hi Ron - have just come across one of your Modern Libary books over here. I had wondered what they looked like. A beaten up Joyce's Portrait of the Artist.
 
RonHoll
Posts: 112
re: Methuen Shilling Novels
(posted on: February 05, 2010 at 09:37:07)

 
Great! Although I can only speak of the Wodehouse titles. I don't know of any collector interest in Shilling Novels in general.
 
Karen
Posts: 35
re: Methuen Shilling Novels
(posted on: February 05, 2010 at 08:33:53)

 
Tip duly noted, they're on my list now:-)
 
RonHoll
Posts: 112
re: Methuen Shilling Novels
(posted on: February 04, 2010 at 20:11:44)

 
Yes, well, I paid quite a bit more than 5p for those darn Wodehouse shilling novels I have. Plus shipping from the UK. So keep your eyes open for them!
 
Karen
Posts: 35
re: Methuen Shilling Novels
(posted on: February 04, 2010 at 08:01:24)

 
I've never seen any at all - although I don't see many books from that era - I haven't even seen the modern reprints. Not that I look at fiction that much, if it's in a mixed box then I'll list it but don't know enough to buy it myself. What strikes me as strange is that all those years have gone by and now for the shilling equivalent of 5p you can buy second hand books in a bulk lot - not that it means they're any good though:-)
 
RonHoll
Posts: 112
re: Methuen Shilling Novels
(posted on: February 03, 2010 at 14:53:53)

 
Little Blue Books were only 5 cents then, but they were maybe 30 pages folded and stapled. The MLs were supposedly the low cost hardcover (flexible hardcover) reprints at the time, so I would assume 95 cents was a cheap price.

Well, at the equivalent of 25 cents there should have been a bunch of those Shilling Novels sold! Do you see them often?

And yes, maybe nobody wants to sell their Wodehouse copies.
 
Karen
Posts: 35
re: Methuen Shilling Novels
(posted on: February 02, 2010 at 17:58:18)

 
Looks like your stamps were 2 / 3 cents in that decade so maybe you could get a book for 25 cents also? Maybe no-one wants to part with them?
 
RonHoll
Posts: 112
re: Methuen Shilling Novels
(posted on: February 02, 2010 at 10:08:35)

 
Thanks for finding that conversion. Yes, 25 cents is cheap. These are the cheaper reprints but still they are hardbacks with nice jackets. I have 3 Wodehouse Shilling Novels. Same jacket design as the original.

How could they sell them for the equivalent of a quarter? And why are the Wodehouse copies so hard to find?!

 
Karen
Posts: 35
re: Methuen Shilling Novels
(posted on: February 02, 2010 at 04:24:42)

 
Hi Ron
Looks like a was approx $5 in the 30's.
www.paper-dragon.com/1939/exchange.html
Which would make a shilling to be 25 cents I think? Seems a bit cheap compared to the 95 cents!
 
RonHoll
Posts: 112
Methuen Shilling Novels
(posted on: February 01, 2010 at 19:46:40)

 
Does anyone know the US$ equivalent of a shilling in the 1930s? I am curious what a Methuen Shilling Novel cost compared to, say, the 95 cent Modern Library flex editions of the 1930s.

 

 

 

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