Ron Holl modlib at alltel.net
Tue Aug 22 09:07:45 EDT 2006

This question was originally posted on March 26, 2005 but there were no responses:

Thread Name: Dating Key Conundrum: Fall 1944 Issue?

From: <modlib at removed> ((Ron Holl)
Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2005 17:49:02 -0600

While we finish researching Man's Fate [referring to thread Got a late 1956 Man's Fate in DJ?], I have something new to inquire about. I have a copy of 145.1 that I was checking the date on, using the official Dating Key. The DJ has 303 titles, has Parker:Poetry, does not have Henry: Stories, but DOES have G66:Three Famous Murder Novels. The "Regular" list indicates Fall 1944. The "Giant" list indicates Spring 1945 (G66 not in Fall 1944, is in Spring 1945). The book inside the DJ only had a Regular list which also indicated Fall 1944 according to the Regular Dating Key.

So, the question is how could the Fall 1944 list have a Spring 1945 title? I could only find one other Fall 1944 book in my collection (still a rather small collection yet). It is 81.3. The DJ is Spring 1944 (299 Titles, Dating Key matches), and the book contains a regular and giant list. The lists match the 145.1 noted above: a Fall 1944 Regular list with G66 included.

The Dating Key says there were no new titles in Fall 1944. Could G66 have been released then? Or was it planned, but delayed until spring... but the Dating Key needs to account for it in the previous season list?

Anyone else see the same thing?



> > When I catalog new acquisitions, I note the date as indicated in  
> > your handy
> > Dating Key.  I just acquired 98.3, The Best Stories of Guy De  
> > Maupassant
> > with the Monahan translation.  The number of titles referenced on the
> > inverse is 303 and the detail includes Parker but excludes O. Henry,
> > indicating a Fall 1944 printing.  If I review the Giants, however,  
> > the list
> > runs to G66, Three Famous Murder Novels, indicating a Spring 1945  
> > printing.
> > I checked Red Star Over China and found the same titles listed with  
> > 303
> > titles total referred to.
> >
> > Thoughts?

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