Beinecke Cataloging Manual - Pforzheimer Molière

Scope |  Size |  Marking |  Classification |  Notes


The Pforzheimer Molière Collection was acquired over the course of the 20th century by Walter Pforzheimer and his son, Walter L. Pforzheimer. It includes a nearly complete set of Molière’s first editions and most later editions of his work through 1900, as well as translations, adaptations, engravings, related contemporary literature and reference works.



The size boundaries are:
up to 25 cm. high
up to 23 cm. wide
over 25 and up to 37 cm. high
over 23 and up to 31 cm. wide
over 37 cm. high
over 31 cm. wide


The following guidelines are used when marking volumes
  1. Mark on Yale bookplate when there is one, generally in the upper left corner.
  2. When there is no Yale bookplate, mark on verso of last page, lower right hand corner. The lower left hand corner is the alternate location when the lower right hand corner is unusable.
  3. If the last page is unmarkable (e.g. too dark or shiny or filled with text or illustrations), mark the verso of the first usable page from the end.

NOTE: Do not mark call number on original wrappers.


Pforzheimer Molière is classed as a name collection with sequential numbering.
Octavo ‡b beingen ‡h Pforzheimer Molière ‡i 8
Quarto ‡b beingen ‡h Pforzheimer Molière ‡i +3
Folio ‡b beingen ‡h Pforzheimer Molière ‡i Folio 2

Notes and tracings

Multi-volume and collected works

List of some of the form/genre terms used:

False imprints (Publishing)
Piracies (Publishing)

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