3.22 — Designation of edition

Contents:

3.22.1 Element information

3.22.1.1 Link to RDA Toolkit

3.22.1.2 Sources of information

3.22.2 RDA definition and scope

3.22.2.1 A word, character, or group of words or characters, that identifies an edition to which a manifestation belongs.

3.22.3 General rule

3.22.3.1 Transcribe a statement relating to an edition or issue of a resource as it appears, as instructed in Transcription. Include any explanatory words or phrases appearing with the designation of edition.

Example:
Editio prima Americana

Example:
First Worcester edition

3.22.31 Words considered part of the designation of edition

3.22.31.1 Designations of edition normally include either the word “edition” (or its equivalent in other languages), or a related term such as “revision” or “issue.”

3.22.31.2 Treat a phrase such as “newly printed” as a designation of edition unless it is part of a statement being transcribed in the production, publication, distribution, or manufacture elements. In case of doubt, treat such a statement as a designation of edition.

Example:
Newly imprinted

3.22.32 Words such as “impression” or “printing”

3.22.32.1 Use judgment in transcribing statements containing words such as “impression” or “printing” as a designation of edition. In publications from the hand-press era, such statements usually signal a new edition or issue. In these cases, the statement may properly be considered a designation of edition.

3.22.32.2 For resources from the machine-press era or resources manufactured by the process of engraving, statements containing words such as “impression” or “printing” are more likely to indicate that the resource is simply a new impression of the same edition.

If a decision has been made to create a separate description for an individual impression, state, or binding variant within a single edition or issue (see Precataloging decisions, I.01.9.1), see alternative rule at 3.22.33.2.

Example:
The second impression
(Comment: Manifestation is from the hand-press era)

Example:
Note on item: Third impression of first edition
(Comment: manifestation is from the machine-press era and requires no Designation of edition statement; record as a Note on item if considered important)

3.22.33 Statements relating to a substantially unchanged impression or state

3.22.33.1 Omit statements relating to a substantially unchanged impression or state from the transcription without using the mark of omission. Record such statements as a Note on item if considered important (see 9.4.31.1).

3.22.33.2 Alternative rule. If a decision has been made to create a separate description for an individual impression, state, or binding variant within a single edition or issue (see Precataloging decisions, I.01.9.1), and the manifestation lacks an edition statement, then transcribe statements containing words such as “impression” or “printing” as a designation of edition. If the manifestation has an edition statement, then transcribe such statements as a Designation of named revision of edition (see 3.24.31.1). Indicate the source of the statement, if other than the preferred source of information, in a Note on edition statement (see 3.26.31.1).

Example:
Third printing January, 1975

3.22.34 Recording designation of edition

3.22.34.1 Record a designation of edition by applying the basic instructions at 3.21.3.1.

3.22.35 Designations of edition with special characters or a numeric emphasis

3.22.35.1 If a designation of edition consists entirely or chiefly of characters that are neither numeric nor alphabetic, transcribe the characters as they appear if the necessary typographical facilities are available. For characters that cannot be reproduced, substitute the names or descriptions of the characters in square brackets (see Transcription, 0.4.14.1).

Example:
&&& edition

Example:
[alpha chi] edition

3.22.35.2 If a designation of edition consists of one or more letters or numbers without accompanying words, or only words that convey numbers, supply an appropriate word in square brackets. If no appropriate word or abbreviation can be determined, or in cases of doubt, simply transcribe the statement as found.

Example:
3e [édition]

Example:
Second [edition]

3.22.35.3 If such a statement signals a substantially unchanged impression of an edition, omit it from the transcription without using the mark of omission. Record such statements as a Note on item if considered important (see 9.4.31.1).

Example:
Note on item: Library copy: “51st-100th”–title page verso

Example:
Note on item: Library copy: “163-173 Tausend”

Example:
Note on item: Library copy: Number line on title page verso indicates 3rd printing: “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3”

Example:
Note on item: Library copy: Publisher’s code “B-O” on t.p. verso indicates printed Feb. 1914; see Boutell, H.S. First editions (4th ed., rev. and enl.)

3.22.35.4 Alternative rule. If a decision has been made to create a separate bibliographic description for an individual impression, state, binding variant, or item within a single edition or issue (see Precataloging decisions, I.01.9.1) and the manifestation lacks an edition statement, transcribe statements such as the following as a designation of edition, even if they represent a substantially unchanged impression of that edition: a statement consisting entirely or chiefly of characters that are neither numeric nor alphabetic; a statement consisting of one or more letters or numbers without accompanying words; or a statement consisting only of words that convey numbers.

Example:
Designation of edition: 51st-100th
Note on edition statement: The words “51st-100th” taken from title page verso

Supply appropriate words or abbreviations in square brackets, as needed. If the manifestation has a designation of edition, then transcribe such statements as a Designation of named revision of an edition (see 3.24.31.1). Indicate the source of the statement, if other than the preferred source of information, in a Note on edition statement (see 3.26.31.1).

If identification of the substantially unchanged impression is based on a publisherʹs code or number line or on information found in a reference source, supply an appropriate statement in square brackets, as needed. Indicate the basis for the statement in a Note on edition statement (see 3.26.31.1).

Example:
Designation of edition: [1st printing]
Note on edition statement: Number line on title page verso indicates 1st printing: “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1”

3.22.36 Designations of edition in more than one language or script

3.22.36.1 If a designation of edition appears on the source of information in more than one language or script, transcribe the statement that is in the language or script of the Title proper. If this criterion does not apply, transcribe the statement that appears first in the manifestation. Transcribe the remaining statement(s) as Parallel designations of edition (see 3.225.3.1). Always make a Note on edition statement to indicate the original position on the source of information of any transposed statements (see 3.26.31.2).


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