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Collector Page for Scot Kamins
Member since 9/28/2005

Location:  Portland, Oregon

Collector Since:  1993

   
Collection Properties

 

Types of ML Books Collected

Regular

Giant

P-Numbered Paperback

Buckram

Illustrated/Boxed

Illustrated/Acetate

 

Types of Bindings in Collection

 

 

 

Total Titles in Collection: 975  

 Other Collection Categories and Attributes: Catalogs/Brochures; DJ Only

Comments on the Collection

I try to get the cleanest copies in the best condition I can find. I often trade up, although I like to begin with the best available. If I can find a first, all the better -- but a non-first in great condition suits me fine. I also collect ML ephemera because I think it rounds out the collection. My collection used to be quite a bit larger, but I found it necessary to sell off my scarcer pieces. Luckily, as the caretaker of Dogeared, I have the largest virtual ML collection on the planet.

 

Collection Images
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These three photos show a portion of my books in an 8' X 9' bookcase I had installed specifically to hold my ML collection.

 
I sort the collection by categories (note the labels over some of the shelves) because I read what I collect.

 
You can also see pieces from my bookends collection. Before I buit the special bookcase, I had my MLs all over the place and needed bookends to hold them up properly. I decided that, if I was going to use bookends to hold my books, the bookends should be as special as my MLs.

 

On the More Personal Side...

 

Favorite ML Titles

Disliked ML Titles

Pickwick Papers

The Red Lily

Zuleika Dobson

Death be Not Proud

In Dubious Battle

The Short Bible

I, Claudius

Ulysses

Selected Prejudices

 

Favorite Dust Jacket: Candide, 1935

ML Title Currently Reading: Evolution in Modern Thought

Last ML Title Read: Picture of Dorian Gray

Personal Comments

I bemoan the fact that ML changed so much after the mid 1970's. Starting with less care in the printing process, then going from sewn to perfect bound pages, removing the numbers from spines, and finally raising the prices to meet the market -- all these things removed the Modern Library as the first source to use in looking for books. But nothing much happened in the world in which I'm interested after the mid-70's, so I guess I can stand it.

 
Personal Image
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