Updated November 2018 by Dave Van Kleeck
Inscription or award date
500 Date of publication from inscription.
500 Date of publication from prize inscription.
500 Date of publication based on bookseller's ms. note.
500 Date of publication from preface: December 29, 1877.
500 Date of publication from colophon page 82: 8/85.
If you have publishers’ advertisements in the book, search on some of the titles for an approximate date of publication in hand.
500 Date of publication based on date of books listed in publisher's catalogue following text.
500 Date of publication from publisher's catalogue following text: 10/87.
Authority record of publisher or printer
500 Date of publication based on dates listed in authority record.
Publisher’s or printer’s address
500 Date of publication based publisher's location at listed address.
If the dates you find are a range of dates and within ten years, use these dates:
264: : ... ; |c [between 1875 and 1885]
Fixed fields in OCLC = D/CODE q DT/1 1875 DT/2 1885
500 Approximate dates according to Brown, P.A. London publishers and printers, page _
Choose middle date for 690 4 Bldn ǂy 1880 and 655 ǂy 1880.
If the information in Brown is beyond the range of ten years, make the best guess using the other methods suggested below. Add question mark to the date in ǂc 264, not in 690 or 655. And do not use “approximately” in either the 690 or 655
Author’s body of work
Search OCLC or Aleph for works by the same author and make an educated guess. If author wrote in the 1870’s, input [approximately 1870] or [187-?] If an author wrote works from 1856 to 1864, use [approximately 1860] or [185-?].
Consider searching RLIN and looking for records, especially by the American Antiquarian Society, MAAR.
500 Date of publication based on dates author was publishing.
500 Date of publication based on date of series publication.
500 Date of publication based on binding indicating publication in the 1880's.