Valid to use ML back-of-book catalogs as a way of dating books?

Scot Kamins kamins at
Fri Jul 6 11:38:13 EDT 2001


I've been using the catalogs that appear in the back of many ML books to 
tell the date of printing of that particular book. I compare what's in 
the catalog to what ISN'T in the catalog to find the most recent title in 
the series at the time the book was bound; then I find the date of first 
printing of that most-recent-title and assume that the book I have in my 
hand was printed in that same season.

My question is: is this a valid method of dating a book's printing? To be 
valid, the catalog pages would have to be up to date when they were 
printed, and that they were bound into books right away (as opposed to 
laying around in the bindary waiting for books to stick them into).

     `\|||/                     Scot Kamins

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