Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

What is library procedure in cases like these? (updated)

Carnegie Mellon University has a private edition of Richard Burton’s Arabian Nights and here is an example, one of the volumes:

The book collector whose collection was acquired by the library seems not to have known the date of the volumes. The card catalog has the book dated 1903-04, but this can’t be the date of this edition, because it is printed in Kennerley Old Style, the typeface that made Frederic Goudy famous, and this typeface didn’t exist before 1911.

Is the card catalog correct in some librarian way, such as date of a first edition or something like that? I suspect this wouldn’t be correct in a book collector way (although I’m not a book collector of that sort, though I do have a couple of old inscribed copies that I got for the inscriptions themselves [thus my userpic here]). Kennerley was very popular in the 1920s and 1930s (according to Walter Tracy’s Letters of Credit) and so I would guess the books were printed thereabouts.

I have some digital versions of Kennerley, and with these scans I can make my own digital version, too. :)

Update: According to Tracy, Kennerley Italic appeared in 1918. There is Kennerley Italic in these volumes, supporting my idea that they were printed in the 1920s-30s, when Kennerley was at its peak of popularity. Also the text itself was published before 1903, according to the volumes themselves. Thus my evidence suggests that the catalog entry is erroneous.

Would it be a good idea for me to contact the librarian?

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