Notes on Dewey's Human Nature And Conduct

The first printing omits Dewey's 13 page introduction. The second printing includes an introduction but keeps the first edition statement. Here are Barry Neavill's extended comments on this subject (from the Mailing List archives ( Wed Apr 13 14:00:52 EDT 2011):

In bibliographical terms there are two states of the first printing.

The first state omits pp. 1-13 (Dewey's Introduction to the book) apparently because someone thought that Dewey's new foreword to the Modern Library edition rendered it redundant -- despite the fact that it was paginated in arabic numerals and therefore was clearly part of the text.

When the error was discovered, the ML gathered up all unsold copies and cut out the leaf containing p. vii and (on its verso) p. 14 of the text. It printed a replacement gathering of 8 leaves (16 pages) consisting of p. vii with the verso of the leaf blank, Dewey's Introduction (pp. 1-13), and p. 14 (the first page of Part One). The sewn gathering was pasted to the stub of the leaf that had been removed.

The second state of the first printing retains the First statement on the verso of the title page. Both are in the 5 binding.

Subsequent printings print the text correctly. I believe all of them omit the First statement. There was a second printing of 2,000 copies in December 1930, but I've never examined a copy of this printing.


First copyright page text:     First Modern Library Edition

First binding style:     5

First inverse DJ number:     170

Dates in print:     1930 - 1930 (printing without intro 173.1)
                              1930 - 
1975, 1977 - 1986 (printing with intro 173.2)

Additional first point:     no 13 page introduction

Toledano number:   173.1 (no intro)
173.2 (includes intro)


Confirmed buckram sighting?      yes

Intro author:     Title author beginning in second printing (missing from the first state printing)

Genre:     Philosophy/Philosophical Polemics

Original language:      English

Thanks to:

Henry Toledano Barry Neavill Bill Hornick

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