[ModLib] DJ/Book Title Disparities

Brian LeMasters brianlemasters at gmail.com
Wed Jan 9 18:46:47 EST 2013

Would the purpose of the page be to enable the seller to clarify the 
book for sale?  If so, the DJ Spine, DJ Front cover and Title page are 
the views I mostly see in pictures or are referenced in catalogs.  When 
I sell books, I use the most complete title available.
As a collector, all points would be of interest to me.  When I document 
a book in my collection, I make sure all of the identifiers listed by 
Toledano are in the proper place in order to assign the Toledano number 
and then sort my shelves by Toledano number.  A webpage expanding on 
Toledano's notes would be nice, but may be a bit advanced for some.

On 1/8/2013 5:26 PM, Scot Kamins wrote:
> Folks,
> Bill Hornick points to cases where looking at a different place for a 
> book's title can lead to confusion and sometimes to wrong book orders. 
> He suggests that there should be a ModernLib page listing these 
> disparities.
> Modern Library books have as many as seven places where the title can 
> appear:
> . DJ spine
> . DJ front cover
> . DJ front flap
> . Book spine
> . Book cover
> . Half-title page
> . Title page
> Here are two simple cases:
>  -- The 5th DJ of 100.3 ( 
> http://www.modernlib.com/authors/sAuthors/swiftJackets.html#100.2 ) 
> shows /Gulliver's Travels / A Tale of a Tub / The Battle of the Books/ 
> on the DJ front panel. The same title appears on the book's title 
> page. But the book's spine and front cover (#8 binding at least) both 
> just list/Gulliver's Travels/.
> -- The 4th DJ of 181.1 ( 
> http://www.modernlib.com/authors/pAuthors/platoJackets.html#181.1 ) 
> says /The Philosophy of Plato/ on the spine and front panel but the 
> book's spine and cover  say /The Works of Plato/, as does the title page.
> Much greater offenders  include the Aiken poetry books ( 
> http://www.modernlib.com/authors/misc/poetry/poetryAnthologiesJackets.html#101.2 
> ) and I suspect the various collections of Ibsen plays ( 
> http://www.modernlib.com/authors/iAuthors/ibsenJackets.html#006.1 ), 
> although I can't confirm this because I don't have any of them. (Long 
> story.)
> I think this is worth doing.
> The nice thing about this project is that it's so easy for people to 
> check -- you just look at the seven possible places for any 
> mismatches! There are no dates to look up, no numbers to compare. You 
> just look, and the disparities manifest themselves.
> Actually, perhaps you can skip the half-title page and DJ front flap. 
> They may present differences, but since I suspect nobody looks there 
> for book/DJ matching and ordering purposes, differences don't matter 
> and therefor are of little use.
>  I'll suggest a format for reporting after I see a few emails from 
> people. I'd prefer to see a public discussion, but you're shy you can 
> just email me (kamins at ModernLib.com <mailto:kamins at ModernLib.com>) 
> your thoughts on this
>  -- Scot Kamins
> //
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