Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Feb 5 23:45:50 UTC 2014

At 2/5/2014 12:46 AM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>It's not necessarily a Google error--Google has enough problems to deal
>with already. Many libraries bound a number of reports--sometimes from
>the same organizations, sometimes from different ones--under the same
>cover. And by "bind" I don't nrcessarily mean that they were cloth-bound
>(although the practice of slapping two cardboards with glue and string
>appears to have ended before 1961).

Not always done by libraries -- in earlier centuries, when books were
often sold unbound or in inexpensive paper covers, owners might bind
together various works published separately.  Often a Bible with some
other religious work.  GBooks, as others have noted, often (or
always?) knows only the first title.

My favorite -- at Harvard -- is five of the six catalogues of the
Salem Athenaeum library (1811, 1818, 1826, 1842, an 1849 Supplement,
and 1858) bound by their collector into one volume,.  This is
cataloged by Harvard under one and only one of the titles and dates
-- 1842.  Nobody would know they had four others on paper.

(Some library catalogues also list an 1833 -- but that is a (is it
"fugitive" or "ghost"?), it doesn't exist; and an 1834 -- but
although that was planned, the only portion published was the first
signature (the title page, by-laws and regulations); it has no list of books.)


>     VS-)
>On 2/5/2014 12:18 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
>>...Apparently, two or more books have been pasted together
>>electronically in the database. This is a known error mechanism in GB.

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