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P-Numbered Paperback Page

One area the Modern Library Price Guide does not address (except in one case, P52) is identifying the existence of reprints in the P-Numbered paperback series.  The table below will identify all known titles with reprints, and also include any special comments about the titles.  All 68 are listed (plus the Gulliver's Travels reprint with different introduction), although titles issued in Spring 1960 will not have reprints, and reprints from titles issued in Fall 1959 will be difficult to identify.

In the case of reprints found, any price change from original printing or color variations will be indicated in the Notes column.  Also, since the paperbacks do not have a comment column in the guide, the Notes column will indicate any additional information about the title.  Additional information on ML P-Numbered paperbacks can be found in the Modern Library Paperbacks Checklist and Dating Key, 1955 - 1960 by Gordon B. Neavill.

Number

Name

Reprint

Notes

P1

Crime and Punishment

Y

Spring 1959 seen @ $1.25

P2

Seven Famous Greek Plays

Y


Color Variation

P3

Divine Comedy

Y

Fall 1958 seen

P4

Great Modern Short Stories

Y

Spring 1959 seen

Color Variations

P5

Republic

Y

Spring 1956 seen
Color Variation @ $1.25 (Spring 1959)

P6a

The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying

Y

Fall 1957 seen

P6b

The Sound and the Fury

 

Originally printed at $1.25

P7

The Brothers Karamazov

Y

Fall 1957 seen

P8

Tom Jones

 

 

P9

Vanity Fair

Y


Color Variation

P10a

Gulliver's Travels

 

 

P10b

Gulliver's Travels

 

 

P11

Leonardo Da Vinci, A Study in Psychosexuality

 

 

P12

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

 

 

P13

Barabbas

 

 

P14

Other Voices, Other Rooms

Y

See Paperback Dating Key

P15

The Royal Way

 

 

P16

Of Human Bondage

Y

Spring 1958 seen

P17

S.S. San Pedro / Castaway

Y

Spring 1958 seen

P18

The Hamlet

Y

Spring 1959 seen @ $1.25
Color Variation

P19

Prater Violet

 

 

P20

The Sea and the Jungle

 

 

P21

Famous Ghost Stories

Y

Fall 1958 seen
Color Variation

P22

The Long March

N

Barry and Henry have confirmed there was only one printing of this title.  See Barry's comments on this.

P23

Against the Grain

 

 

P24

Appreciation: Painting, Poetry and Prose

 

 

P25

Troilus and Cressida

Y

Spring 1959 seen

P26

True Tales from the Annals of Crime and Rascality

Y

Spring 1959 seen

P27

The Pursuit of Love

 

 

P28

Iceman Cometh

Y

Spring 1959 seen

P29

The Kreutzer Sonata

 

 

P30

Segregation

Y

Spring 1959 seen

P31

Ox-Bow Incident

Y

Spring 1959 seen

P32

BUtterfield 8

Y

Spring 1959 seen

P33

The Captain's Daughter and Other Great Stories

 

 

P34

If it Die

 

 

P35

The Muses Are Heard

 

 

P36

Three Famous Short Novels

Y

Spring 1959 seen

Color Variation (First is green/others red)

P37

Flight into Space

 

Observed more than one copy miscut on bottom through the P37 and "A Modern Library Paperback"

P38

Makers of Mathematics

Y

seen @ $1.25
Color Variation

P39

On the Track of Prehistoric Man

 

Comment: 1/4 inch taller

P40

The Seven That Were Hanged and Other Stories

 

 

P41

Loved One

Y

Spring 1959 seen

P42

Three Lives

 

Comment: No 'P' on spine (just 42)

P43

Straight and Narrow Path

 

 

P44

Three Great Tales

Y

Spring 1959 seen
Color Variation

P45

Ulysses in Nighttown

 

 

P46

Your Child's Mind and Body

N

Barry has confirmed only one printing of 9,800 copies.  See his comments on this title.

P47

The Immense Journey

 

 

P48

Two Great Plays

 

 

P49

Duveen

 

 

P50

Great Russian Stories

Y


Color Variation

P51

Space Handbook

 

 

P52

A Suite of 180 Drawings

Y

See Paperback Dating Key

P53

The Elizabethan World Picture

 

 

P54

The Apocrypha

 

 

P55

The Copernican Revolution

 

 

P56

Three Plays of Eugene O'Neill

 

 

P57

The Way of Chinese Painting

 

 

P58

The Maxims of La Rochefoucauld

 

 

P59

Common Sense of Science

 

 

P60

An Anthology of Russian Literature in the Soviet Period

 

 

P62

Life Against Death

 

 

P63

The Magic Barrel

 

 

P64

The Shakespearean Moment

 

Comment: 1/8 inch shorter

P65

The Decipherment of LINEAR B

 

 

P66

The Analects of Confucius

 

 

P67

Totem and Taboo

 

 

P68

The Art of Scientific Investigation

 

 

 

 
 

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