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Not a penny. He did it as a present. And when the
firm became big and successful, every time I met him he
grumbled about that trademark. He still does. He says, “Boy,
what I could have got for that trademark.”
Did you have a lot of profit that you wanted to invest?
We wanted excitement. No, we didn't expect to make
any great money out of these books.
You didn't think you were going to lose, though.
No, of course not. But the Modern Library was doing
nobly for us. This was to have some fun and excitement on the
side. After we established our ties with Nonesuch, we became
the leading distributors of press books in the United States.
We had the Golden Cockerell Press, the Dove Press, and many
others. All these private presses came begging us to take
them on because they were all basking in the reflected glory
of the Nonesuch Press, which was the established name for a
limited edition, and Random House became the established name
for the distributor of limited editions--all in a space of
months. So by 1929 we had a catalogue of about 50 limited
edition books each season. Of course, the market crashed in
1929, and the market for these limited editions absolutely
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