[ModLib] ML and ISBN numbers (this is about ISBN's more generally)

Ron Holl ron at scribblemonger.com
Wed Apr 6 12:26:49 EDT 2011

> But -- and I may have missed it -- nobody seems to have answered my
> original question: When, exactly, did ML first begin adding ISBNs to
> dust jackets?

In 2006 Barry made this statement:
"ISBNs were in widespread use by the 1970s, but I don't know precisely
when Random House adopted them."

Perhaps he has gained some new information.

I think the only "first edition" title with an ISBN is the Auden second
edition.  My copy has the ISBN, blank end papers, a last copyright of
1970, and a $2.95 price.  Barry also said:

"I've never been able to confirm the publication date and give it in my
bibliography as 1971/72"

His discussion is available here:

I don't believe anyone has seen a copy without the ISBN (Joe's has it,
mine, Barry's, etc).  So this gives us a no later than date.

Ron Holl
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