1. ## Page 58

8 6 5 7 4 2 9 3 10 1

What do these numbers mean?
It looks like it is the printers code for the edition of the printing.
Except they are not in the right order.
They also seem to be spaced in pairs.
This was used my MS in his books to spell out his name/title.
I have not found any other 10 letter words that fit this order.

Here is an explanation I found on ebay: link
Have you noticed the number on the publishers page of a book and ever wondered what they mean? They are printer's code and provides information on the edition and printings of a book. The print code indicates a print run and does not always guarantee a first edition but certainly provides more information to verify edition.
They may be as simple as a line of numbers or letters:

Example of First Printings:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
ABCD
abcdefg

Once new printings occur the publisher removes a number or letter
For example:
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 indicates third printing of the book
Later printings may only use a single number or a very small series.
For example:
30 31 32 or 30 would all indicate 30th printing of a book.
Some publishers will use a more complicated code.
For example
1 2 3 4 5 6 94 95 96 97 97 98
This would indicate first printing in the year 1994. To verify first printing you would need to check the copyright date, which would need to be 1994.

2. Hello Garbers,

Did you ever find an answer to your interesting question? Before reading the link and/or your post, I blindly thought that it was some sort of code for the printer/ publisher.

3. kbellis,

No, I have not been able to figure anything out with these numbers.
I looked through the book the other night and did not find anything.
I have not been able to find anything with ten letters that could be re-arranged to spell something else.

Good luck!
G*5

4. I noticed that the numbers add up to 55, which is the last picture page (LOVE) of the puzzle proper. Of course, any order of the numbers from 1 - 10 will give this result.

Secondly, the first digit of the first two couplets give this page, 5 8.

There are a number of tricks, but one I found interesting was to use the couplet as a word coordinate - page # / word on page (ignoring titles on title pages). Then, you get an anagram of
TO MAINE'S SEAMEN
if I did it correctly.

astree

5. Nicely done astree!

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