[ModLib] Interesting PBW Jacket (Plato)
ron at scribblemonger.com
Thu Feb 26 10:08:56 EST 2015
A little more information on those 13 digit codes. The 978 prefix came
about much earlier than the ISBN-13, as part of the EAN:
"The EAN country codes 978 (and later 979) have been allocated since the
1980s to reserve a Unique Country Code (UCC) prefix for EAN identifiers of
published books, regardless of country of origin, so that the EAN space
can catalog books by ISBN rather than maintaining a redundant parallel
numbering system. Similar arrangements are in place for ISSNs for
periodicals (country code 977) and ISMNs for sheet music (country code
ML jackets from the Chronicles series, and type r/Gm jackets, show "EAN"
on the barcode, along with "ISBN" followed by an ISBN-10. Thus this EAN
does not push the dates of these #15/16 bound titles that far ahead.
Based on what Bill and I have seen, the addition of the 13 digit EAN
started in the 1990s (probably at the 1992 relaunch). The copyright pages
only display the ISBN-10.
The PBW/Woodcut jackets we have seen do not show the "EAN" text though.
On Thu, February 26, 2015 9:43 am, Ron Holl wrote:
> Hi John,
> A woodcut with an ISBN-13! Plus a print run that shows this was the
> fifth printing.
> The PBWs and woodcuts I have looked at (quite limited, at around 20
> copies) have the ISBN-10 on the copyright page. Do these have the 10 digit
> retained, removed, or changed to ISBN-13?
> When you say different book lists on the back flap, do you mean the
> inside of the jacket rather than the flap?
> Do you really have Plato's Republic in a PBW? All I am aware of is:
> Plato / Republic: Woodcut, Fall 1982
> Plato / Works: PBW, Spring 1977
> Does the Plato PBW have a book list? I've never seen a PBW with a list.
> There sure are a lot of interesting things here.
> Also, I wonder if we should keep track of PBW/Woodcut titles with ISBN-13
> and barcodes. We could create p and q subtypes to track them.
> On Thu, February 26, 2015 7:52 am, John Peterson wrote:
>> I have this copy of Plato. $15.50 price, designed endpapers. I also
>> have the same title in an earlier PBW, $7.95 price , blank endpapers.
>> two books have slightly different booklists on back flap. The only
>> other difference of note is that the later copy has a print number on
>> the verso of the title page (98765). The earlier PBW example does not.
>> I wonder
>> if all PBWs with a bar code/13 digit ISBN have a print number (as do
>> later ML's)?
>> John Peterson
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: John Wolansky
>> Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 6:38 AM
>> To: 'For collectors of Modern Library books'
>> Subject: Re: [ModLib] Interesting PBW Jacket
>> Don't have the time to look further at the moment, but at a glance, I
>> found this copy of Roth's Goodbye Columbus on my shelf. It has a 15Fp
>> binding, endpaper, jacket configuration with a $13.50 original price. I
>> have two copies in a 11Dm and an 13Fm configuration (slightly
>> different dj's). If it helps in your research, the copyright page is
>> identical in all copies except for the last lines. In the PBW there is
>> code in the lower left corner B9876543210 that the older copies lack.
>> And, the last
>> line in the older copies reads BENNETT CERF DONALD KLOPPER. That line
>> does not appear in the PBW. John -----Original Message-----
>> From: modlib-bounces at thuban.owu.edu
>> [mailto:modlib-bounces at thuban.owu.edu]
>> On Behalf Of Ron Holl
>> Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 6:29 PM
>> To: For collectors of Modern Library books
>> Subject: [ModLib] Interesting PBW Jacket
>> Bill Hornick found a copy of a 1980s PBW (plain brown wrapper) ML in a
>> type p jacket which has an ISBN-13 printed on the back. Image of jacket
>> back is attached. The title is Shaw's Saint Joan, etc.
>> The 13 character ISBN came about in 2007, I believe. The jacket has no
>> indication of the original 9 digit SBN present in the lower right
>> corner of the standard PBW jacket back. Instead this full ISBN13 with
>> barcode is there, along with, and above, the ISBN10 (preceded by
>> Has anyone seen anything like this? Fifteen to twenty years later the
>> prints a PBW jacket for a #15 binding? Or was the "978" prefix available
>> before 2007? Bill will have more information later, such as what the
>> binding looks like and if there is an ISBN13 (or anything else
>> interesting) on the copyright page.
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