Notehand: Covers, reprints and DJS – oh my!

Due to it being my first learning book and now having a place in my heart (does that enter me into the club of Gregg geekdom?), I’m looking for an affordable Notehand book that isn’t in too poor of condition. Specifically, I’m interested in the first edition from 1960, which has those cute little 50s graphics for each story.
I’ve noticed that the Notehand books for sale seem to have, for the most part, been “heavily loved” by their owners. Those Notehanders must have used their books more than the stenographers. 🙂 In contrast I got a 1956 Anni in pristine condition for cheap, without much effort searching.
None of the books I’ve seen for sale have the same cover as the library book I used. It had a green and blue cover (link to “rare” cover at; it’s a dust jacket with a plain blue-green hardcover underneath. The books for sale have a very plain gray cover with a logo of two pencils, blue and pink I think. Does anyone know why the different covers exist? I wondered if the blue and green version was specific to schools or libraries, for example.

Also, does anyone know anything about the reprinted version? Here is a direct link at amazon.
The publisher is Literary Licensing, LLC and the pub date is September 15, 2012. I’m curious how this got a reprint from a third party. (I also wonder whether it’s the first or second edition.)
Lastly, does Notehand precede or proceed DJS? Someone said that Notehand is an outgrowth of DJS, but I believe the first DJS books were printed in 1963, compared to Notehand’s 1960. 
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  1. The preprint looks like a photocopied reproduction, basically.

    While the prefix mentions that “many of the[ illustrations are] in color”, everything is black-and-white in that book.

    In a very few places in the earliest chapters, there are a few extraneous marks presumably made by the original owner of the copy that got reproduced: some circled letters on page 17, for instance, and some marks around the outlines that might have come from tracing over them.

    Most of it is clean, though.

    1. All of the photographs in the 1960 edition are black and white. Many of the line drawings and graphic elements have turquoise blue accents, but "in color" simply means "black and white, with some blue".

  2. The 1960 edition of Notehand is the one with the two pencils, authored by Leslie, Zoubek, and Deese (172 paragraphs, 320 pages). The second edition (1968), with the small picture of the book, pencil, coffee mug/spoon, and card file inside the double frame squares, had a 4th author (Roy Poe) and it is slightly bigger in terms of pages, but it has 171 paragraphs (352 pages). The cute drawings of the first edition were replaced by boring small double frame squares in the second edition (mimicking the cover of the book). Both editions incorporated the two-column shorthand format, that became standard starting from the second edition of the DJS books in 1971. Although the second book's preface says that the Notehand principles between the two editions are exactly the same, there was a small change: the outline of "work" was changed from "r-k" to "oo hook-k", more than likely to make it consistent with DJS.

    I've seen nice copies of Notehand floating around. Just be patient. They come once in a while.

    Although the 1960 version preceded DJS and the 1968 edition proceeded it, Notehand is a derivative of Greghand, the first attempt by Gregg & Leslie to simplify the system "for everyday use by everyone" in 1935. The principles of Greghand and Notehand are similar, although not exactly the same (for example, Greghand retained the def blend). The plates were written by Leslie. They only printed 500 copies of the manual, so it could be considered an experiment.

    1. Oh, I thought it was the green/blue cover book you mentioned that Amazon had. Those red and blue are the covers of the reprints, which have the Literary Licensing Ltd. logo. I haven't seen the reprints, but judging from what Philip said, they are just a photocopy.

      Nowadays, you can make a good reprint of the original, but someone still needs to do some minor edits to eliminate smudges.

    2. Maybe you missed my first link in the updated post? There are two and the first is the permalink to the page with the blue and green cover.

      At any rate, I was able to embed the image in question directly into the post so hopefully that clarifies this.

    3. LOL, now I see it. Interesting. That's a dust jacket maybe from a "trade edition" for bookstores. DJS and S90 high school manuals that were sold in bookstores were also published that way: with a dust jacket and a cover completely different from the regular high school book. In fact, that's how I got my copy of the high school S90 manual — brand new from a bookstore — and McGraw-Hill was still publishing that trade edition in the late 90s!

      Can you check the copyright page and find out if the printer's code are the same as in Philip's book? The printer's code is that long list of numbers following "All Rights Reserved."

  3. Just to complicate matters . . . I have a 1961 edition titled "Essentials of Gregg Notehand: Intensive Theory and Practice", by Leslie, Zoubek, and Deese (shorthand written by Charles Rader). The preface states: "This edition of 'Essentials of Gregg Notehand: Intensive Theory and Practice' was especially prepared for those who must make notes in their business, professional, or social lives and who would like to develop or improve their notemaking techniques.

    "In addition to offering many concrete suggestions to the notemaker, this volume equips him with a brief, easy-to-learn method of writing–Notehand–with which he can make notes much more rapidly than he could in longhand."

    This edition includes Technical Vocabularies at the end, in the fields of Advertising and Selling, Aviation, Banking, Electronics, General Business, Insurance, Law, Medicine, Printing and Publishing, and Radio and Television.

    Paperbound in an orange/brown cover. Nice photos, and the same graphics as the 1960 regular edition.

    1. "Technical Vocabularies

      "Part II contains lists of frequently used terms, with their Notehand outlines, for the following fields . . .

      "Full, alphabetic outlines are given for most of the expressions. For some, however, that would require long Notehand outlines, suggested shortcuts have been provided.

      "In using shortcuts in your Notehand writing, be guided by this rule: If an expression occurs frequently in your line of work, use a shortcut to represent it. If it occurs infrequently, write it in full; you will then be sure that you can read it when you refer to your notes."

      "advertising", for example, is presented as a-d-ing dot. "word-of-mouth" is joined "word+mouth".

    2. After Notehand, I took DJS in high school, and it just "stuck" with me as the way Gregg should be written . . . Series 90 and Centennial didn't really bring any improvements, and although I can read Simplified I stay with DJS.

  4. I took the opportunity to skim the 2nd edition Notehand book while at the library. Mainly to see the square graphics that Carlos mentioned replaced the 50s "clip art" images. Bland-ville, Daddy-o!

    I also noticed a military photograph that doesn't seem to be in the first edition, so apparently they made other graphics changes in 2nd edition.

    I skimmed some DJS books — there seems to be a full collection of those at the library — and a Centennial dictionary. And even the History of Gregg Shorthand! (There was also a bio of Gregg by Leslie on the shelf.) I'd like to share my reaction to the DJS books; but that should probably be a new post.

    1. You're lucky your library has a shorthand collection like that! "The Story of Gregg Shorthand" is worth reading. There are two Gregg biographies I know of: "John Robert Gregg" by Leslie Cowan, and "John Robert Gregg: The Man and His Work" by F. Addington Symonds. I'm not familiar with a biography by Leslie.

      The photos in the Gregg books from the 1940s through the 1960s are sometimes worth the price of the book . . .

      Yes, please do a new post about your DJS thoughts.

    2. FYI, there are two other books with amusing line drawings: Speed Drills in Gregg Shorthand and Advanced Dictation Simplified, both by Leslie and Zoubek. Speed Drills is an Anniversary book and the other is in Simplified, as the name suggests. The material in both books consists of letters and amusing articles. Some of the articles appear in the Notehand book.

  5. I bought one via amazon at a good price. It arrived today. 🙂

    The seller kindly sent me some photos so I'd know in exactly what condition the book was before I bought it.

    Thanks for the tip. Now I want to find that rare version that you have, Lee! I probably don't need it but what can I say.

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