[Ads-l] Google Books dating error category =?UTF-8?Q?=E2=80=93_?=replacing nine with zero

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 26 10:28:49 EST 2022

In a previous message Fred Shapiro mentioned the following class of
dating errors: An issue of a serial is assigned the beginning date of
the serial rather than the date of the specific issue.

Here is another type of error I occasionally encounter: The digit nine
in a year is replaced by a zero. Thus, 1893 becomes 1803. I conjecture
that when a book is being scanned it is also inspected, and the
metadata observed is entered into a database which is used to
construct the GB database.

Here is an example of an 1893 book mislabeled with 1803.
(This error was present on January 26, 2022)

Year: 1893 Copyright (1803 incorrect year specified by Google Books)
Title: The Writings of Henry David Thoreau,
Volume 9
Section Title: Excursions
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, Massachusetts.
Original from: the University of California
Digitized: Feb 9, 2007



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