Abstract

The stories of the bibliographies that describe our country's early books are not only engaging but also helpful to remember as we use the bibliographies and plan for their successors. The stories behind Evans, Shaw-Shoemaker, Roorbach and Kelly, and the Bibliography of American Imprints explain their differences. Besides helping us measure our nation's bibliographical record, they also point to the need for study of the history of local printers, highlighted in the work of McMurtrie, detailed in the Tanselle Guide to the Study of United States Imprints, and filled with curious and useful stories of their own.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2166-3033
Print ISSN
2164-8034
Pages
pp. 239-250
Launched on MUSE
2005-10-25
Open Access
No
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