Nonce collections

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Nonce collections are volumes made up of separately published pamphlets that have been gathered up for reissue by a bookseller/publisher, usually with a collective title page. Different nonce volumes usually contain the same works, but which may vary in issue or edition between copies. Do not confuse with sammelbands, which are composite volumes created after publication by a former owner.

Cataloging nonce collections

By definition, each individual component of a nonce collection was published separately. This can complicate the statement of extent and signature statement, making it very difficult to clearly describe the component parts in one record. For example, here is an English short title catalogue record for a nonce collection.

The following approach is proposed as the less problematic between the alternatives of (1) using only one record for the whole volume, which is a truer representation of how the volume was issued but resulting in a confused record; or (2) cataloging each component part separately, resulting in clearer descriptions but slightly obscuring how the volume was issued. In general, prefer separate records for each component part, and make a note that the title was also issued as part of a nonce collection.

  • Make a catalog record for the volume, transcribing from the collective title page and giving the total number of parts in the statement of extent.
  • Catalog each title separately. Code each as a monograph (LDR 07='m'), even if the Folger does not have the separate issue.
  • If the Folger copy has the same titles in the same order as other nonce collections but does not have the collective title page, assume our copy is a sammelband

Nonce collections issued without a collective title page

  • It is often difficult to tell with certainty that the volume in hand was issued that way by the publisher.
  • If there is strong evidence that the Folger copy was issued that way by the publisher, also create a record for the collection with a devised title.
  • In the absence of strong evidence, assume the volume is a sammelband. Do not make a record for the collection.

Content and coding

  • Add reciprocal 773/774 fields in Hamnet only.
    • If, because of Hamnet linking profiles, links are made to irrelevant bibliographic records, use 787 instead of 773 on the child records.
  • Add 655 _7 Nonce collections. ‡2 rbgenr to both parent and child records in Hamnet only

Example Twenty sermons preached upon several occasions by Edward Reynolds. (A Voyager bug prevents proper linking when a record is retrieved via permalink.) We used 787 instead of 773 on the child records because there is another work by another author with the exact same title proper. According to the current Hamnet configuration, links to both records show up on the child records.