Rare Book Monthly

Articles - June - 2003 Issue

Using Library Research Methods And Catalogs As A Supplement To AED And Book Collecting

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The New North, being Some Account of a Woman's Journey through Canada to the Arctic. Æ Database: Decker023-100


Subject

Searching by subject is handy if you want to know the exact subject heading a library is going to use. For example, if I wanted to find a subject term, I could look up the title, New North, being Some Account of a Woman's Journey through Canada to the Arctic and see the subjects that were applied: Northwest Canadian--Description and Travel. Then, I could go to the Subject Browse and plug in Northwest Canadian--Description and Travel to see if there are any other similar books written by women. When I enter in the phrase “women’s travel narratives” I get an alphabetical list of 25 related subject headings. Browsing through the list, I see several possible subject headings, including the heading “Women Travelers--North America," “Women Travelers--West--(U.S.)," “Women Travelers--West--(U.S.) History--19th Century” and “Women Travelers--Rocky Mountains--Biography." From here, each subject heading is linked to records that contain that particular subject heading.

Keyword

Keyword searching is good when you don’t have an idea of a specific title or subject heading, but you first want to see if there is anything under specific phrase in title, subject or author. Since the keyword search will look through each field in the entire database, the results will inevitably be huge if you use vague terminology. For the purposes of title, author and subject searching, I would recommend that you stick to those types of searches,. If I wanted to do a keyword search, for instance, on Western travel written by women, I would enter the query "overland + travel + wom?." The question mark is the truncation symbol used for the Library of Congress Catalog. This brings me about 9,000 records. In order to narrow things down, I run a more specific query: "+ lady + California + travel." I also have the option to set limits to the search. So, I decide to add the date span of 1820-1920 in order to narrow down results. The final result here is 166 records, which is a much more manageable number. As you can see, the upside with keyword searches is that you will get results; the downside is that if you are not specific enough, you will get more results than you can count.

Coming Back Home With The Goods: How To Use The ÆD To Get The Most Bang For Your Buck

So, how is all of this information going to help me on the Æ Database, you ask? Well, there are several ways that you can use these tools to supplement your ÆD searching. For one, now you have a more complete listing of author names. For example, after running a search on the Library of Congress database, I have a couple of different ways to look up Mrs. Henry Beck in the Æ Database -- I know that she can be either Mrs. Henry Harrison Beck or Mrs. Henry Beck. I also know that she does not “officially” have a first name that I should also use when searching for her in the ÆD. Another way the library catalog footwork is helpful is that you can now take your list of titles that you had found on theÆD and look them up in library catalogs to determine what their "official" subject headings are.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.

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