Book Collectors – Catalogue Your Rare Books

Title: Guidelines for the Cataloguing of Rare Books

Author: Brian Hillyard, CILIP

Full Text & Source:

The Internet, Online, 27/4/2016

Sample Text

A: Description
B: Access
C: Provenance and binding information: recording and indexing
These Guidelines are designed to assist libraries in drawing up local policies for the cataloguing of rare books.
They have been constructed to reflect the concept of levels embodied in AACR2
(1.0D), although AACR2’s
first level is to be considered inadequate for the basic accurate identification of rare, especially early, books.They are presented as guidelines rather than rules because different libraries have different aspirations,different availability of local expertise and reference material, and cannot all devote the same amounts of time to the kind of research which rare book cataloguing may involve. In the first instance, therefore, the aim has been to define a minimum level of detail which will meet the core needs of many researchers. A higher level has also been defined, incorporating recommended elements of information which are most likely to be of interest to catalogue users. In recent years increasingly detailed records for rare books have become available online and individual libraries now need to create fewer records from scratch. This seems to have led to an increase in the general level of description of rare and early books records in online catalogues, and more copy-specific information is now included, particularly as regards provenance and acquisition…………………….
Example One: inscriptions (Plate 1)
De veritate religionis Christianae liber; adversus atheos, Epicureos, ethnicos,
Iudaeos, Mahumedistas, & caeteros infideles,
8 Leiden, 1587.Shelfmark: [National Library of Scotland] AB.1.85.46(1)
Image courtesy of the National Library of Scotland
Plate 1 Minimum level
561 $a Inscriptions of Thomas Nicolson, 16th/17th-century, and Alexander Kidd, 1777. $5 StEdNL
700 $a Nicolson, Thomas $d ca. 1570–1625, $e former owner. $5 StEdNL
700 $a Kidd, Alexander $d fl. 1777, $e former owner. $5 StEdNL
Higher level
561 $a Inscription, 16th/17th-century, on title page: Pacem Jehovah negat Impiis T. Nicolson; Ink
stamp on title page: M.T.N. Pacem Iehova Negat Impiis; Inscription on title page: Magri Petrus And[?];
Inscription on title page: Alexr Kidd Wr[?] Edinbr 1777. $5 StEdNL
700 $a Nicolson, Thomas, $d ca. 1570–1625, $e former owner. $5 StEdNL
700 $a Kidd, Alexander, $d fl. 1777, $e former owner. $5 StEdNL
655 $a Inscriptions (Provenance) $z Scotland $y 16th century. $2 rbprov $5 StEdNL
655 $a Inscriptions (Provenance) $z Scotland $y 17th century. $2 rbprov $5 StEdNL
655 $a Inscriptions (Provenance) $z Scotland $y 18th century. $2 rbprov $5 StEdNL
655 $a Ink stamps (Provenance) $z Scotland $y 16th century. $2 rbprov $5 StEdNL
655 $a Ink stamps (Provenance) $z Scotland $y 17th century. $2 rbprov $5 StE


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