Sunday, February 24, 2008

Bibliographical Question

Why is it, that when the colophon page of a book contains the British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data, that the title of the work is written with only the first letter of the first word in upper case, in other words, the title is written as if it was a sentence not a title?

If you have even the first idea what I'm talking about then welcome but you should be worried what your life has come to. If you know the answer, please let me know and I promise not to tell anyone your secret.


wristle said...

I can't answer your quite reasonable question, but note that the same is generally true in Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data.

Anonymous said...

The British Library and the Library of Congress both follow the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules:

1.1B1. Transcribe the title proper exactly as to wording, order, and spelling, but not necessarily as to punctuation and capitalization. Capitalize according to Appendix A.

A.4A1. Capitalize the first word of a title. Capitalize other words as instructed in the rules for the language involved.


Grapes for the prince.
Grapes for Prince Harry.

Washington wines & wineries.
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