Dating books

What is the best way to determine the age of the book? But 19th century and some newer books are often not dated. Many reprint publishers did not include dates, either.

So, research is in order. Here are my suggestions as to how to do that. Author bibliographies Author bibliographies are sometimes enlightening, especially in the case of first editions and other early editions.

Some are available online; others will be accessible through your local library. Many library catalogs are available for search online, and this might turn up a helpful bibliography. Publisher details You might also research the publisher to see what dates they were in business, and at what locations. And, if the publisher is still in business, you may even be able to find information on their website regarding their history.

Similarly, some publishers have used different names over the years. Learning such details can help date a book. Your local library might be able to help as well. By learning the dates of their publications one might get a rough estimate of the range of years the book in question may have been published. If other businesses are advertised, check into them as well to see if you can determine when the products in question were developed, and when the company existed at that address.

Introductions, forewords, and afterwords may include dates. Check the end of each, as some authors include a date after their name here. Check the main text, too. I have an undated two-volume history of the French Revolution, which also give a year-by-year account the years afterward. This is kind of a murky area which really requires some digging. Biographical information may even mention the illustrations for the book in question.

WorldCat Another idea would be to do a WorldCat search , online. Your local librarian can run this search for you as well. This search will turn up any copies of the book which are owned by libraries. If so, the library who owns the book will have an informational listing for it which may include an estimated date. Bookselling sites The online bookselling sites, such as Abebooks can sometimes be helpful. Search using all the details you know publisher, illustrator, binding, etc. Summing up There are many ways to go about dating books.

How much research you should do just depends upon the book in question is it very valuable or unusual? Good luck in dating your book! When not at Empty Mirror, you can probably find her reading or writing -- or out exploring the back roads and beaches of Washington State.


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