Printers and Publishers
(approved for use October 24, 2002)

For certain books and serials, tracings are made for the printer, publisher, and bookseller. Make an added entry (700/710) tracing for each publisher and/or printer when a work falls into one of the categories below. In general make tracings only for printers and publishers that appear on the title page or in the case of early printed books and fine press works, the colophon. The addition of the 7xx fields allows a user to access all books printed or published by a firm or person with one search, even if varying forms of the name are found in different works. Leave in a record obtained via copy cataloging, printer/publisher tracings that Beinecke does not normally make.

This list includes all material for which printer/publisher/bookseller tracings are routinely made. Additions to this list can be made by request of curators, Beinecke Technical services, and the Rare Book Team.

The following individual publishers and booksellers: Form:

Names of persons and firms should be established in the form found in modern reference sources in a person's native language and according to the appropriate rules in chapters 22 and 24 of AACR2 and the Bibliographic Standards Committee's Rules for establishing certain names associated with printers. (Soon to appear in Cataloger's Desktop). In general the names of individual printers and booksellers are entered as a personal name. (E.g. enter Printed by Isaiah Thomas as 700:1 :‡;a Thomas, Isaiah, ‡d 1749-1831, ‡e printer). If there is clear evidence that a partnership is a formally established, stable entity, enter the phrase as a corporate body. In the absence of clear evidence that the relationship is a formal or legal partnership do not enter as a corporate body. Instead, establish the names of the various persons, and any related corporate body, separately. Make certain to add the appropriate relator term in subfield e.

260     ‡a Boston : ‡b Printed by Samuel Hall, in Cornhill, ‡c 1793.
700 1   ‡a Hill, Samuel, ‡d 1766?-1804, ‡e printer. 

260     ‡a New Haven : ‡b Published by John Babcock & Son, New Haven ; ‡a Charleston, S.C. : ‡b S. & W.R. Babcock; ‡a Philadelphia : ‡b M'Carty & Davis, ‡c 1820 ‡e (New Haven : ‡f Sidney's Press)
700 1   ‡a Babcock, William R., ‡d 1800-1859, ‡e bookseller.
710 2   ‡a John Babcock and Son, ‡e publisher.
710 2   ‡a S. Babcock & Co., ‡e publisher.
710 2   ‡a Sidney's Press, ‡e printer.
710 2   ‡a M'Carty & Davis, ‡e publisher.

260     ‡a Lugduni : ‡b Apud Seb. Gryphium, ‡c 1539.
700 1   ‡a Gryphius, Sebastianus, ‡d 1493-1556, ‡e printer.

260     ‡a [Lyon] : ‡b Seb. Gryphius Lugduni excud., ‡c anno 1531.
700 1   ‡a Gryphius, Sebastianus, ‡d 1493-1556, ‡e printer. 

260     ‡a [Hammersmith : ‡b Printed by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson at the Doves Press], ‡c 1914.
710 2   ‡a Doves Press, ‡e printer. 

Useful reference sources in establishing printers, booksellers, and publishers.



Author Title Cite as: Location
British literary booktrade, 1475-1700 /  edited by James K. Bracken and Joel Silver.  Detroit, MI :  Gale Research,  1996. British literary booktrade, 1475-1700 smlref  PN451  D53 170+  Oversize


Private presses

Author Title Cite as: Location
The Revival of printing; ‡b a bibliographical catalogue of works issued by the chief modern English presses ‡c with an introduction by Robert Steele. London: Macmillan & Co., 1912. Revival of printing lsfaobr X134 912r
Haas, Irvin Bibliography of modern American presses, compiled and edited by Irvin Haas; introduction by Will Ransom. -- Chicago, Ill., The Black Cat Press, 1935. Haas, I.  Modern Amer. presses smlaob Z208  H12 (LC)
smly X371 935h
Ransom, Will.  Selective check lists of press books. A compilation of all important & significant private presses, or press books which are collected. -- New York, P.C. Duschnes, 1963 <c1950> Ransom, W. Press books beinref  Z1028  R353 1950 (LC)
Ransom, Will. Private presses and their books. -- New York, P.C. Duschnes, 1963 <c1929> Ransom, W.  Private presses beinref  Z1028  R35 1963 (LC)

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