Dating Key Questions
bmillerasc at comcast.net
Tue May 9 22:29:13 EDT 2006
Recently tried to verify whether a copy of Jane Jacobs' 'The Death and Life Of American Cities' (393.1)is a ML first. It contains statement "FIRST MODERN LIBRARY EDITION, September 1969." The Guide indicates the ML first was published in that year and the book has the obligatory T14 binding for a 1969 first.
Applying the Dating Key to the list of books in the rear of the volume, I found that the list did not contain any titles after the Spring, 1965 list (Capote yes, but no Mann Confessions, no Mann Faustus, no Heller, no Faulkner AS I ..., no Faulkner Pylon, no Forster, etc.). In other words, this appears to have been an obsolete list, dating back four years.
Scot Kamins drew my attention to a footnote in the Dating Key added in 2005 on Dogeared saying that all new ML titles, published between 1967 - 1970 with lists of books at the rear, used the Spring, 1967 list. But in this case (393.1) the list apparently goes back two more years.
If, indeed, 393.1 has a 1965 list, as I believe, does this suggest that MLs published during this period may use different, inappropriate lists? And what is the value of the Dating Key for new books appearing during this time??
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