9.3 — Note on manifestation

Contents:

9.3.1 Element information

9.3.1.1 Link to RDA Toolkit

9.3.1.2 Sources of information

9.3.2 RDA definition and scope

9.3.2.1 A broad unstructured description of one or more attributes of a manifestation.

9.3.25.1 Additional notes on manifestation include:

9.3.3 General rule

9.3.3.1 Make a note relating to the manifestation being described if considered important.

9.3.31 Quotations

9.3.31.1 Record quotations from the manifestation or from other sources in quotation marks. Always follow the quotation by an indication of its source. For guidelines on transcription and capitalization, see Transcription.

Example:
“Extracted from the minutes of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts”–Title page

Example:
“Generally considered to be by William Langland”–Harvey, P. Oxford companion to English literature
“The principal additional music, contained in 72 pages, may be had, half bound, with or without the rules, price four shillings and ninepence”–Preface

9.3.32 Contents notes

9.3.32.1 List the contents of a manifestation, either selectively or fully, if it is considered important to show the presence of material not implied by the rest of the description, to stress components of particular importance, to provide the contents of a collection or of a multipart monograph, or to provide additional titles in a resource without a collective title. For instructions on supplementary content, see Supplementary content.

9.3.32.2 Transcribe contents from the title page if they are presented there formally and have not been transcribed as part of the Title and Statement of responsibility elements. In such cases, record “[from title page]” at the beginning of the contents note. If a formal statement of contents is not present on the title page, take contents from the head of the parts to which they refer, or, if this is not feasible, from any contents list, etc., that is present. For manifestations in two or more volumes, transcribe the volume or part designations as found.

9.3.32.3 If a complete listing of contents cannot be assembled by one of the above means, the cataloger may devise a contents note from any appropriate source or combination of sources.

Example:
Contents: Love and peril / the Marquis of Lorne – To be or not to be / Mrs. Alexander – The melancholy hussar / Thomas Hardy

Example:
Contents: [from title page] I. John Watson Stewarts Almanack – II. The English court registry – III. Wilsons Dublin directory with a new correct plan of the city, forming the most complete lists published of the present civil, military, and naval establishments of Great Britain & Ireland

Example:
Contents: [from title page] The life and death of the author / E.B. Esquire – A discourse about the state of true happinesse – Directions for a comfortable walking with God – Instructions for a right comforting afflicted consciences, &c. – His foure last things, death, iudgment, hell and heaven, &c. – His funerall sermon / Nicholas Estwick Batchelou in Divinity

Example:
Contents: [from title page] Map showing location of Fort Matanzas – First floor plan – Second floor plan. Roof plan – South elevation – North elevation – West elevation – East elevation – Section – Details of tower – [Stair details] – Details of interior wooden stairs – Section

9.3.33 Note on made-up sets of a multipart monograph

9.3.33.1 If a multipart monograph is known or assumed to be a set made up of parts from varying editions and the decision has been made to describe the set with a single description, always make a note on manifestation to indicate that the description is based on a made-up set (see Edition statement, 3.21.37.3).

Example:
Note on manifestation: Description based on a made-up set; v. 3 has “second edition”
Edition statement: First edition

9.3.34 Note on reissued or reprinted manifestations

9.3.34.1 Make a note on the fact that the expression is a reissue or reprint, unless apparent from the rest of the description (see also RDA Toolkit: Reprinted as manifestation).

9.3.34.2 Give information about a series in which the resource has been issued previously if considered important (see Note on series statement, 8.29.31.4).

Example:
Originally issued in series: The socialist platform ; no. 2

9.3.35 Limitation statements

9.3.35.1 If the resource includes a statement as to a limited number of copies of the edition, give this statement of limitation in a note, preferably in quoted form.

9.3.35.2 If the statement of limitation is accompanied by statements of responsibility or other information relating to the production of the edition, include as much of the additional information in the note as is considered important.

Example:
“250 copies printed”–Preface

Example:
“Of this edition one hundred and twenty one copies have been numbered and signed by Dr. Julian Wolff, B.S.I. and Hugh Pentecost”–Title page verso

Example:
“A special edition of twenty, signed and numbered, copies was produced and bound in full red Morocco. These special copies are each housed in a sculptural human heart shaped box, sitting atop a wooden anatomical specimen stand.”– Colophon

Example:
“Of this edition, 100 copies have been bound in hardcovers, numbered and signed by Dr. Julian Wolff, B.S.I. Commissionaire.”

9.3.35.3 If the statement of limitation includes the unique number of the item being cataloged, give only the statement of limitation as note on manifestation. Record the copy number as a Note on item if considered important (see 9.4.34.1).

9.3.36 Note on dates not representing publication, distribution, or manufacture elements

9.3.36.1 If the preferred source of information bears a prominent date that does not clearly represent the Date of publication, Date of distribution, or Date of manufacture, either transcribe it as part of the Title or the Statement of responsibility elements or give it in a note on manifestation (see 5.23.33.2, 5.28.33.2, 5.33.354.2).

9.3.37 Note on imperfect exemplars

9.3.37.1 Make a note on manifestation indicating that the description is based on an imperfect exemplar (see Data provenance, 0.1.22.2).


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