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Early American Imprint Bibliography and Its Stories: An Introductory Course in Bibliographical Civics

Donald W. Krummel
Libraries & Culture
Vol. 40, No. 3, Perceiving the Past: Essays Honoring The Legacy of Donald G. Davis, Jr. (Summer, 2005), pp. 239-250
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25541929
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Early American Imprint Bibliography and Its Stories: An Introductory Course in Bibliographical Civics
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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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