Figuring out what DJs are missing

Sun Oct 24 08:48:16 EDT 2004

I have descriptions of all the jackets I've seen in my ML 
bibliography, but no time at the moment to compare my data 
with that in Dogeared.  I'll get around to that when I can; 
meanwhile I'm always happy to respond to specific questions. 


---- Original message ----
>Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2004 21:55:57 -0700
>From: Scot Kamins <kamins at>  
>Subject: Figuring out what DJs are missing  
>To: ML LIstServ <modlib at>
>Some time ago somebody on the ListServ suggested that an 
>project might be to inventory the missing dust jackets from 
>database. At the time I couldn't figure out how to do that. 
I still 
>think that it isn't possible to figure out all of it, but 
we might be 
>able to get part-way there - I think we can figure out how 
many at a 
>minimum are missing. It all depends on how reliable the 
>in the Guide is about dust jacket style periods that don't 
>Here's what I mean:
>1917 - 1926: B-L typographic style
>1926 - 1928: small torchbearer
>1928 - 1939: four color bands (two wide, two narrow)
>After this (and even during the third period) it starts 
getting rough.
>Theoretically, any book whose printings included the period 
>all should have at least these three types (assuming that 
every book 
>1928 -1939 came in the four color band design). There were 
>pictorials in this 928 -1939 period as well, of course. And 
only a 
>few pre-1940 pictorials (such as Walden whose first was 
1937) carried 
>over unchanged into the Blumenthal period, so we can assume 
that any 
>book whose printings fell between 1937 and 1945 probably 
have at 
>least two designs in that period. First catalog titles that 
>through the entire series (to 1970) should have at least 
four DJ 
>Does this make sense?
>Are there other reliable indicators we can count on?
>Scot Kamins, FCB-0
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Gordon B. Neavill
Associate Professor
Library and Information Science Program
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
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