[ModLib] Second Shot at Dust Jacket Date Range Project?
kamins at modernlib.com
Thu Jun 28 20:50:47 EDT 2012
On Jun 28, 2012, at 2:53 PM, jwol wrote:
> have an interest in knowing what years which jackets were in use.
> It could help in dating a book at a glance in an eBay photo, and,
> personally, I find each DJ more attractive than the subsequent
> style. For example, I prefer the style g to the h and all other
> things being equal, would opt for or “upgrade” to a g over an h.
> Also, as a collector, the more information available in reference
> material, the better.
> I am embarrassed I do not recall the call to arms. What information
> were you seeking?
Ah yes -- the pesky implementation details for the project. The goal
is to find the earliest and latest appearance of a given dust jacket.
One way to do it is to have everybody look in their collections to see
if they have that DJ; if so, they would date the DJ and send that
piece of data to me. I would keep ongoing records and post the
"reported range" above that DJ's image.
Here's a way it might work: Let's say we're looking at the DJs for
Bronte's Wuthering Heights. [http://www.modernlib.com/authors/bAuthors/bronteEJackets.html
] . There are six DJs for that title. Call them (from left to right,
top to bottom) WH-1, WH-2, WH-3 ... WH-6. You have a WH-3 dating to
1939, so you send me that report. Above WH-3 I enter 1934 - 1939
(because the date of the image previously reported was 1934, and yours
is 1939). Peterson, looking in his collection, sees that he has 1932
for WH-3; he sends me that one, and I update the range to 1932 -
1939. And so it goes.
We could approach the DJs in a totally random way: Everybody decides
on his/her own which DJ they want to report on—one of the Wuthering
Heights or maybe a DJ by Faulkner or whatever, in a totally random way
sending me data as they see fit.
Or we could say that this week we're looking at the DJs on books by
O'Hara—sometime during that week everybody who wants to contribute to
the success of the project and prove their worth as human beings (no
pressure) will send me the dates of all the O'hara DJs in their
collections. I like this method because with LOTS of DJs to consider,
this would focus our attention more and promise quicker results. And
I suggest just one author a week so that people aren't overwhelmed by
the task. (After all, this is supposed to be just a hobby.)
A possible bonus here is that previously unreported DJ images might be
The short life of dogs is the Universe's cruelest jest.
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