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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 12, March 18, 2001, Article 13

AUCTION HOUSE SHORTHAND 

   Karl Moulton writes: "In an email to fellow NBS'er 
   Dick Johnson, I offered my thoughts on a three digit 
   standard code for auction companies, which could 
   be used as a common shorthand in bibliographic 
   citations.  Dick took the idea further, to suggest a 
   standard scheme for representing cataloguer, sale, 
   and lot references in a compact code. 

   Based on what I went through with the recent USNAC 
   compilation, it would be a very remote possibility that 
   anything could be ever agreed upon by the cataloguers. 
   Perhaps the NBS'ers  could come up with such a listing 
   for their own use, if something like this would be useful. 

   Cataloguers have very little regard for such projects, as 
   there is no profit in doing so.  The response rates to 
   requests for a complete listing of their own publications 
   for the past 10 years was less than 1 in 10!!   Even then, 
   some lists were not complete and  contained incorrect 
   information!" 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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