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Re: On bibliographic ghosts

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  • Paul W Romaine
    Gerald and Paul (hello, oh name-sake), There is a distinction between bibliographic ghosts that result from never having been issued/published (announced but
    Message 1 of 5 , Dec 30, 2004
      Gerald and Paul (hello, oh name-sake),

      There is a distinction between "bibliographic ghosts" that result from
      never having been issued/published (announced but never printed),
      versus those which are false references, done whether in error, for
      entertainment (literary, jocular), or in fraud (the late-night
      freshman term-paper, the result of fevered creativity, replete with
      fake citations). Henry Miller's joke (listing a book which Tim Barrett
      never wrote) rebounded on him when Tim and Sid Berger (with help from
      Paul Duensing) faked a titlepage for the same book. Sid Berger's
      _Anatomy of a Literary Hoax_ (1994) recounts the tale. (See Oak Knoll
      listing: http://www.oakknoll.com/detail.php?d_booknr=41476&d_currency=)

      A different sort of "ghost-writing" occurs in _A Bibliography of Enoch
      Soames (1862-1897)_ by Mark Samuels Lasner, the Washington bibliophile
      and collector of Sir Max Beerbohm. The bibliography is, in fact,
      tongue-in-cheek: decadent modernist poet Soames is an invention of
      Beerbohm who appears in a short story of the same name with a listing
      of his works (including his only collected book of poetry,
      _Fungoids_). According to the story (a bit hazy in my mind this
      morning), the Devil brings despairing Soames through time to the
      British Library in 1999 to show him _A Bibliography of Enoch Soames_.
      Samuels Lasner published the booklet in 1999 so that the shade of
      Soames might, indeed, see his bibliography at the BL as depicted in
      the story. Mark tells me that all the references are excruciatingly
      accurate (from Beerbohm or from scholarly and sale citations of the
      Beerbohm story) and he only faked a single titlepage! So I suppose
      this constitutes an un-ghosting of sorts...

      Happy New Year to all,


      --- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, Gerald Lange <bieler@w...> wrote:
      > Paul
      > I have a small collection of these (less than a dozen), and none of the
      > titles you have listed are part of it. Seems a bit odd though that so
      > many titles from the published listing would never have been released.
      > Then again, as Graham pointed out, forthcoming titles are sometimes
      > ghosts in the making. Got a few of those in my catalog as well!!!
      > Gerald
      > Paul Aken wrote:
      > >Speaking of bibliographic ghosts, the forerunner of GATF/PIA
      (Graphic Arts
      > >Technical Foundation) and PIA (Printing Industries of America) was
      > >Typothetae of America. UTA published a series of small books
      > >Technical Series for Apprentices" from 1918 through 1930. There are 64
      > >books listed in the bibliography of each book, with titles and authors.
      > >
      > >I have been searching for years and have found no evidence that the
      > >following books have ever been published:
      > >
      > > Part No. Title Author
      > >
      > >
      > >>I 8 Mechnical Feeders and Folders William E. Spurrier
      > >>I 14 Relief Engravings Joseph P. Donovan
      > >>II 19 General Job Composition None
      > >>II 23 Typecasting and Composing Machines A. W. Finlay,
      > >> Section I - The Linotype L. A. Hornstein
      > >> Section II - The Monotype Joseph Hays
      > >> Section III - The Intertype Henry W. Cozzens
      > >> Section IV - Other Typecasting &
      > >> Typesetting Machines Frank H. Smith
      > >>IV 26 Making Ready on Platen Presses T. G. McGrew
      > >>IV 27 Cylinder Presswork T. G. McGrew
      > >>V 31 Book Binding John J. Pleger
      > >>VII 44 Elements of Typographic Design Harry L. Gage
      > >>VII 46 Lettering in Typography Harry L. Gage
      > >>VII 48 Making Dummies and Layouts Harry L. Gage
      > >>IX 56 Elements of Cost in Printing Henry P. Porter
      > >>IX 57 Use of a Cost System Henry P. Porter
      > >>IX 58 The Printer as a Merchant Henry P. Porter
      > >>IX 59 Fundamental Principles of Estimating Henry P. Porter
      > >>IX 60 Estimating and Selling Henry P. Porter
      > >>IX 61 Accounting for Printers Henry P. Porter
      > >>X 62 Health, Sanitation and Safety Henry P. Porter
      > >>X 63 Topical Index F. W. Hamilton
      > >>X 64 Courses of Study F. W. Hamilton
      > >>
      > >>
      > >
      > >Does anyone have a copy of any of these books or are they bibliographic
      > >ghosts and have never been published.
      > >
      > >Thanks in Advance.
      > >
      > >Paul Aken
      > >The Platen Press
      > >Zion, Illinois 60099
      > >USA
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >>From: Kathleen Whalen <kwhalen.incline@V...>
      > >>Reply-To: PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com
      > >>Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2004 12:24:30 +0000
      > >>To: <PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com>
      > >>Subject: Re: [PPLetterpress] On bibliographic ghosts
      > >>
      > >>
      > >>A few are still created to perplex or amuse the unwary in our own
      > >>Watch out in any semi-serious books from private presses. You
      might ask
      > >>Henry Morris for details. But he'll likely deny all knowledge.
      > >>used it can be part of the fun of the thing - that's what Legros &
      > >>were up to.
      > >>
      > >>Additionally bibliographic ghosts are those books that have been
      > >>but for one reason or another have not been produced. Some of the
      1920s and
      > >>30s small presses issued prospectuses for books that never existed
      - Favil
      > >>Press issued a great catalogue of which maybe a couple of titles
      > >>The catalogue is thus really a prospectus. I have only recently
      given up
      > >>searching for a book by E. R. Weiss called "Three Months in
      Spain", that I
      > >>have an advert for, a sample page of text and the titlepage that
      looks like
      > >>a prospectus. The German edition was published, but the English
      > >>I now think is a type sample for Weiss Roman and Weiss Italic type
      issued by
      > >>the Bauer foundry - the book still awaits translation.
      > >>
      > >>I think that we might consider that 'ghosts' is a reasonable
      sub-catagory in
      > >>a bibliography. At Incline Press we've certainly announced at
      least two
      > >>books that have not materialised and are not likely to, and it
      only seems
      > >>fair to explain their non-appearance, and the bibliography seems
      the best
      > >>place to do that. ('What bibliography?' you might well ask!)
      > >>
      > >>
      > >>
      > >>Graham Moss
      > >>Incline Press
      > >>36 Bow Street
      > >>Oldham OL1 1SJ England
      > >>(44) 0161 627 1966
      > >>http://www.inclinepress.com
      > >>
      > >>
      > >>
      > >>
      > >>
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