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GEM | 28 comments The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis

This edition https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9... is listed on GR as 0375759166 (ISBN13: 9780739482520)

This edition https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1... is listed on GR as ISBN13: 9780375759161

However, according to the ISBN converter, and also WorldCat:
0375759166 should go with 9780375759161 (intro by Hugh Thomas)
0739482521 should go with 9780739482520 (intro by Stephen King)

I was a bit unsure when it came to changing ISBN data, so I thought I should run this past you guys!


message 2: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 42044 comments Mod
How bizarre. The cover and the two mismatching ISBNs all came from the same import source.

Anyway, it should be all straightened out now.


message 3: by GEM (last edited Nov 19, 2013 10:03AM) (new)

GEM | 28 comments That's great thank you!

One more question on this book; the author is listed in GR as Matthew Gregory Lewis, although the cover states Matthew Lewis and WorldCat names him as M.G. Lewis.

My copy states:
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA
Lewis, M. G. (Matthew Gregory), 1775–1818.
The monk / Matthew Lewis; introduction by Hugh Thomas.

I learnt yesterday that a book should name the primary author generally as the one that appeared on the cover of the very first edition, whilst other variations of the name would appear on the appropriate editions as the secondary author. The first edition was published in 1796 (the microfilm version appears on WorldCat as M.G. Lewis again).

My question is should I add Matthew^^Lewis (there's already a Matthew^Lewis) as the secondary author to the appropriate editions to match the cover? Should M.G. Lewis be noted anywhere?


message 4: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 42044 comments Mod
It is preferable to use an initial to disambiguate, rather than a space.

Do any of the covers have his full middle name? If so, I'd use that. If not, I'd go with Matthew G. Lewis. But be careful to merge into the Matthew Gregory Lewis profile first, so you don't lose the bio, etc.

Georgina wrote: "Should M.G. Lewis be noted anywhere?"

Was he ever published that way? If so, a note in the bio should be added.


message 5: by GEM (new)

GEM | 28 comments rivka wrote: Do any of the covers have his full middle name? If so, I'd use that. If not, I'd go with Matthew G. Lewis."

There is (at least) one edition where his full middle name is used on the cover of The Monk, so we can use that for this book.

He does have covers with Matthew G. Lewis for another title (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...)

rivka wrote: Was he ever published that way? (M.G. Lewis)

One of his covers for another book (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7...) lists him as M.G. Lewis.

Do either of these (M.G. Lewis or Matthew G. Lewis) need noting as a secondary author, or is it just a case of adding a note to the bio?


message 6: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 42044 comments Mod
I don't see any reason to add them as secondary authors. The most complete version is being used, and that should mean that searches for the shorter versions will pull it up as well. And all of them are definitely the same name, not true pen-names.


message 7: by GEM (new)

GEM | 28 comments Excellent - thank you so much for that!

The similar problem I had solved for me yesterday dealt with Henry/Hank, so presumably not adding a secondary could have made searching more difficult.

Thanks again!


message 8: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 42044 comments Mod
Yeah, I saw that discussion, and it was precisely because of the Henry/Hank thing that I agreed they should be listed separately. (And didn't post, because that's what y'all were already agreed on.)


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