Tanselle Collection of American Imprints
Scope | Cataloging | Size | Marking | Classification | Notes | Citations | Subjects
The Tanselle Collection of American Imprints brings together the output of more than fifty trade publishing houses operating between 1891 and 1930 in the United States that accepted innovative or socially progressive work, i.e. avant-garde, not welcomed by major, well-established firms. Representative authors include Sherwood Anderson, Theodore Dreiser, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Eugene O’Neill, and John Reed, as well as the first American publications of European authors such as James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, and E.M. Forster. The main collection consists of 7,750 items, both first editions and later printings, organized to illustrate the development of trends in printing and publishing styles. To further demonstrate changing styles in bookmaking over the years, an additional 4,000 items from other American publishers, dating from the eighteenth century through the end of the twentieth, are included in the collection, as well as 250 items that serve as examples of salesmen’s samples, and a collection of early dust jackets and slipcases.
The general cataloging policies for post-1800 monographs are followed. Each printing will have a separate bibliographic record. The month of printing, when known, will be included in the date of manufacture data. If any title duplicates a copy already held at Beinecke, a comparison will be done and differences will be noted. The existing catalog record will be brought up to current standards with appropriate local notes and provenance information. This collection has been approved to shelve in secure offsite storage.
The size boundaries are:
- up to 25 cm high
- up to 23 cm wide
- between 25 and 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 for the Tanselle Collection.
- Mark on Yale bookplate when there is one, generally in the lower left corner. The bookplate contains the printed words, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, so mark only Tanselle and the number. Write along the bottom of the bookplate on one line, separating call number elements with periods (eg. Tanselle.B53.0049)
- Mark on verso of last page, lower right hand corner, when there is no Yale bookplate. The lower left hand corner is the alternate location when the lower right hand corner is unusable.
- 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.
Class as a name collection cuttered by publisher, or miscellaneous category, followed by sequential numbering. In order for the results of a call number search to display in order, each number will contain four digits, with initial zeros used as place holders (e.g. 0007). There will be individual sequential numbering sequences for each cutter, regardless of size. Serials will be classed as monographs, with serial enumeration.
Publishers Collected in Depth
|Blue Sky Press||B41||Lamson Wolffe||L23|
|Boni||B51||Lieber & Lewis||L51|
|Boni & Liveright||B53||Little Review||L55|
|Chicago Little Theater||C35||Mother Earth||M66|
|Chicago Stage Guild||C39||Philosopher Press||P45|
|Copeland & Day||C61||Robertson||R66|
|Four Seas||F65||Small Maynard||S55|
|Gomme||G65||Stone & Kimball||S77|
(Little Blue Books)
|Harcourt Brace||H18||Vanguard Press||V25|
|Harris||H23||Way & Williams||W25|
|Hillacre Press||H35||Whitaker & Ray||W45|
Examples of American Imprints Not Collected in Depth
|Z28||Before 1901||Books in Jackets|
|Z30||1891-1930||New York City|
|Z32||1891-1930||East Coast (except New York City)|
|Z38||1891-1930||Little Magazines (and books published by them)|
|Z40||After 1930||Hardcover Books|
|Z41||After 1930||Hardcover Reprint Series|
|Z42||After 1930||Mass-Market Paperbacks|
|Z44||After 1930||Trade Paperbacks|
|Z48||20th-Century Jackets (jackets only, without books)|
|Z50||Publishers’ Ephemera (19th-20th centuries)|
|Z70||British, Canadian, and Continental European Printings (mostly in English) of American literature|
|Z74||Floyd Dell and his circle|
|Z76||William Ellery Leonard|
|Z78||Harry Hayden Clark (and Clark provenance)|
|Z80||Eunice Tietjens provenance|
|Z82||St. John Ervine provenance|
|Z84||Lillian Hellman provenance|
|Z86||Richard Poirier (and Poirier provenance)|
|Z90||Miscellaneous Books and Manuscripts|
Items are arranged chronologically by publication date of 1st printing, then alphabetically by author’s surname. Any subsequent printings of a title available at the commencement of the cataloging project will follow the 1st printing, regardless of the year of publication. All printings collected after the start of the cataloging will be added to the end of the sequence.
Examples (Note: call numbers below are approximated, as these have not been cataloged yet)
|1926||Boni & Liveright||Newman, Frances||Hard boiled virgin||1st||B53 0605|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||2nd||B53 0606|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||3rd||B53 0607|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||4th||B53 0608|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||5th||B53 0609|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||6th||B53 0610|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||7th||B53 0611|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||8th||B53 0612|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||Paris, John||Bonzai!||1st||B53 0613|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||2nd||B53 0614|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||Parker, Cornelia Stratton||More ports||1st||B53 0615|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||Parker, Dorothy||Enough rope||1st||B53 0616|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||2nd||B53 0617|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||3rd||B53 0618|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||4th||B53 0619|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||5th||B53 0620|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||6th||B53 0621|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||7th||B53 0622|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||8th||B53 0623|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||9th||B53 0624|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||10th||B53 0625|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||11th||B53 0626|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||12th||B53 0627|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||13th||B53 0628|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||14th||B53 0629|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||16th||B53 0630|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||17th||B53 0631|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||21st||B53 0632|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||22nd||B53 0633|
|1926||Boni & Liveright||24th||B53 0634|
The books are organized into large chronological units, with some units divided into subunits. Within each unit or subunit (each with its own Cutter number), the books are arranged alphabetically by publisher; whenever a publisher is represented by more than one book, the arrangement is chronological under the publisher, then alphabetical by author within a given year (the same arrangement as that used for the in-depth collections, A35 - W45).
|Octavo||‡b beinycal ‡h Tanselle A35 ‡i 0023|
|Quarto||‡b beinycal ‡h Tanselle A35 ‡i 0024+ ‡m Quarto|
|Folio||‡b beinycal ‡h Tanselle A35 ‡i 0025 ‡m Folio|
- Record printing statements.
- Note the presence and location of advertising matter.
- Note the presence of dust jackets, bookseller’s labels, provenance, etc., in accordance with standard practices for monograph cataloging
- If there is no evidence of ownership, no note or tracing will be made for Tanselle provenance.
Cite the following whenever appropriate:
Blanck, Jacob. Bibliography of American Literature. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1955-1991.
CITE AS: BAL
Wright, Lyle Henry. American fiction 1876-1900. San Marino: Huntington Library, 1966.
CITE AS: Wright, L.H. Amer. fiction, 1876-1900
Andes, George M. A descriptive bibliography of the Modern library, 1917-1970. Boston: Boston Book Annex, 1989.
CITE AS: Andes, G.M. Modern library
Hoffman, Frederick John. The little magazine. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1947.
CITE AS: Hoffman, F.J. Little magazine (2nd ed.)
Lyles, William H. Dell paperbacks, 1942 to mid-1962. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1983.
CITE AS: Lyles, W.H. Dell paperbacks, 1942 to mid-1962
Reginald, R. Cumulative paperback index, 1939-1959. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1973.
CITE AS: Reginald, R. Cumulative paperback index, 1939-1959
Additionally, cite author’s and/or other publisher’s bibiliographies when available and appropriate.
Subject, genre, and added tracings
- Make added entries for publishers, printers, editors, translators, illustrators, dust jacket designers, and other significant contributors. Use relator terms.
- Make appropriate notes and local tracings for provenance.