[ModLib] Dust Jacket Date Range Project: Can We Deduce Unobserved
zebradlj at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 8 17:11:24 EST 2009
Ron's suggestions point to a larger project- one I am interested in. The current project is: P1) Pinpoint first and last dates: jackets only. The entire project is P5) Gather all dates: books and jackets.
Ron: An add on project (which would make use of the data collected in the DJ
project) could be the last print date for each title. So, perhaps LW would be
determined to be 1953S; or 1951F. (Referring to possible dates for Little Women)
This is either P1 or falls in between P1 and P5. If we get the jacket date range correct for Little Women we will have evidence of the last print date: whatever the last jacket date is. On the other hand, books sometimes have lists that date different than their jackets. So if we want to be more certain of last print date we want P2: Pin point first and last dates: books and jackets.
Ron mentions that some books only had one printing. When I first started trying to make a list in the early 90's I realized that the jacket lists could help set start and end dates. But these are really only start and end dates of being advertised as available. A book that was listed from 1929-1932 may have been printed only in 1929 (t5) and 1930(t6) and not (t7) even though (t7) is the active binding in 1932. In an extreme case it might be listed 1929-1932 but only have the single printing in 1929(t5). In that instance we expect all copies to state First Edition and all jackets to date to a single season in 1929. That means that the books range in the guide is reasonbly 1929-1932 because of its "in print status," but the jacket will only ever have a 1929-1929 range! And it follows that in an important sense the book is only 1929-1929 even
though it was advertized, listed and available through 1932. And since Gordon has pointed out that they did not always prepare books and jackets in tandem this book might be 1929-1932 list, 1929-1929 single printing book, and 1929-1930 jacket because they didn't pint all the jackets at the first book printing! In fact I recall Gordon pointing out that the bindings were not always prepared and attached at printing So this hypothtical book may be 1929-1929 single printing in t5 and t6 because they needed more bindings to bind previously printed books!!!
But the only way to systematically detect all of that is to go to P6: Gather ALL dates: books and jackets; with bindings.
This IS what I'm interested in. But is the group that ambitious?
I'm storing the info you all send to me in a manner that allows tracking P6. If you want to send that much that's great. But the core project is P1: pin point the jacket dates. Please send that.
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