[ModLib] Second Shot at Dust Jacket Date Range Project?

Scot Kamins kamins at modernlib.com
Thu Jun 28 16:15:05 EDT 2012


As I mentioned a few e-mails ago, the only really significant project  
that we had to abandon was the Dust Jacket Date Range (DJDR) project.  
The essence of that project was to determine the years that a specific  
dust jacket was in use. The outcome of that project, had it been  
successful, would have allowed for new collecting areas.

For example, there are six separate DJs for Bronte's Wuthering  
Heights. [http://www.modernlib.com/authors/bAuthors/ 
bronteEJackets.html] While getting the 1926 first edition might be  
very difficult, getting the earliest use of each of the other five  
might be easier but still present a bigger challenge than merely  
collecting the six variations regardless of date.

I'm not sure why this project failed. Certainly lack of participation  
was a major factor: The usual core group of five or six regular  
contributors kicked in all they could, but we really needed more of  
the other 100+ subscribers to participate. This type of project  
requires really massive participation to work!

Also, we needed more resources for dating problem dust jackets. At the  
time we had some dating keys [http://www.modernlib.com/General/DatingKey.html 
, http://www.modernlib.com/General/B-LCatalogs.html], but there were  
holes not covered by them. Some of that has been overcome, now that we  
have the DJ Backs dating research. [http://www.modernlib.com/Identifiers/djBacksReg/backsReg.html 

Can others see the benefits to this project? What do you see as  
positive about it? How about the drawbacks -- what needs to be  
overcome to make it work?

Thanks for playing.

Scot Kamins
"Come, my songs, let us speak of perfection. We shall get ourselves  
rather disliked." -- Ezra Pound

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