Just added an old book from 1835: https://books.discogs.com/book/719285-essays-of-elia-to-which-are-added-letters-and-rosamund-a-tale

1) If you look at the images it looks like it has been rebound by a Richard Lane. Should i remove the images of the cover as its likely no others will be like it? Even if part of the cover may be original? Otherwise, i think it will just confuse future contributors.

2) The 1835 book includes some of Charles Lamb's letter's so I added the works The Letters of Charles Lamb, however this work wasn't published until 1837. Do i use 1837 as the date of the works despite this book pre-dating it (just add info to notes)? Or should I call it the name of the 'modern' version, The Letters of Charles and Mary Anne Lamb? As there doesn't appear to be a separate 'works' for Mary Lamb's letters.


There are possibly more issues but I'll leave it at this for now.

Not another one!

  1. The images are relevant to your copy so I would leave them as is. It would be helpful to mention in the Notes that your copy was rebound by Richard Lane at some stage if that is the case.

  2. I would remove The Letters of Charles Lamb as a Works as that refers to a specific publication. I assume that your book contains only a few of these letters rather than the entire work that was published in 1837. You could argue that each of the letters contained within the The Letters of Charles Lamb is an individual work but that would mean creating a large number of Works and I don't think it is necessary unless you feel energetic.

I think elahrairah is sourcing books from the same museum as you.

The more I thought about the cover images I came to the conclusion that a Book is supposed to be generic. Richard Lane Bookbinding Ltd, Fakenham, Norfolk appears to have operated from 2002 to 2017, so the binding on your copy could be fairly recent. Therefore, I would disable the images showing the cover. I tried to find a first edition without any luck.

I'll remove the images.

I added the works as I thought it would be good to link up all the books that contain Lamb's letters. The reasoning was its part of the title, therefore not an insignicant amount,though i'm not sure how that can be calculated as 1150 survive with 180 appearing in the book, Letters of Charles Lamb. Maybe I'll go back to the book and count them!

I assume that your book does not contain all of the letters that appear in "Letters of Charles Lamb" (1837). "Letters of Charles Lamb" is the title of a collection not a generic name for all of his letters. It would be the same as crediting the collected Work "Skeleton Crew" by Stephen King if the book you were submitting contained just some of the short stories.

To my way of thinking you could add a Work for each of the letters in your book and if these appeared elsewhere then they could be credited accordingly. Although I am not sure if I would be bothered creating 180 Works.

I found a readable copy of your book online: https://books.google.com.au/books/about/Essays_of_Elia.html?id=nPpLAAAAcAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

It seems your book only contains a small number of letters (I realise now that the figure of 180 relates to "The Letters of Charles Lamb"). Each of these letters has a title (e.g. http://essays.quotidiana.org/lamb/londoner/ ), so it wouldn't be an arduous task to create a Work for each of these.

I am not totally certain that the letters in your book even appear in "The Letters of Charles Lamb": https://archive.org/details/cu31924105428498/page/n27/mode/2up

thethrowback wrote:

I am not totally certain that the letters in your book even appear in "The Letters of Charles Lamb": https://archive.org/details/cu31924105428498/page/n27/mode/2up

Thats part of the reason I thought it might be useful adding it to Letters but i see your point I'll remove the works.

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