Sunday, June 6, 2010

George Mills Enters the 1960s...

Here's something I just found on-line that fills in a little bit more of my timeline of the life of George Mills [my emphasis]:

Author Name: George Mills.

Title: Minor and Major.

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Publisher: London. Spring Books.

A very good undated book with a presentation label dated 1962 on front endpaper. Pages browned overall. Extreme bottom edge of spine faded. No measureable wear. DJ is very good, rubbed at corners, rather more at spine ends, a couple of short closed tears.

That's all from Mollie's Loft Books, a bookseller in Pontardawe, Swansea, in the United Kingdom.

It may be no big deal, but with this reprinting of Minor and Major in 1962 [pictured, right, but that's not Mollie's copy], Mills is still drawing upon the popularity of his books well into the early 1960s—and cashing checks attributable to them. Mills would have been 65 or 66 years old in 1962, and hadn't authored a book since 1939.

I had previously estimated the release of the Spring Books impression on Minor and Major to have been in the 1950s, and I had seen other internet sites selling copies estimating the publication date of this edition as having been anywhere from 1950 to 1955.

Mills passed away in 1972.

1 comment:

  1. Harry - I'm the owner of Mollie's Loft Books, with the copy of Minor and Major.

    I think that you've made a leap too far in assuming that this book was published in 1962. It has a presentation label dated 1962, but that just shows that the book was already in existence at that date. There is, unfortunately, not the slightest sign of any date of publication anywhere, though at the bottom of the verso of the title page there is "T 563" which may or may not mean "March 1956". Sorry that I can't help more. My DJ, incidentally, is rather better than the one on your site - if you want a scan, please tell me.