Edition statement: 250 field
(See also Part I.A., on matching based on edition statments.)
The edition statement that is in the record may generally be left
as it appears.
- E.g. T.p. verso: 1. Ausgabe 1.-50. Tausend Juni 1955
2. Ausgabe 51.-63. Tausend Februar 1957
3. Ausgabe 64.-75. Tausend April 1958
- 250 1. Ausg.
- Since this first edition record is a match (the "3. Ausgabe" represents a printing)
and a first edition statement is present in the piece, this 250 field does not need to
- E.g. T.p. verso:
Huitième édition 1972
- Colophon: Imprimé ... juin 1972
- 250 [2. éd.]
- 260 $c 
- The 250 field of this record, the earliest matching one, does not need editing.
- Errors: If there is clearly an error (i.e., one that has not prevented the record from
being a match), the statement should be changed or deleted. Edition statements in
CIP records, for example, should be corrected. Such changes do not need to be
- Clarification: If a change is needed to clarify an ambiguous statement, it should
- E.g. T.p. verso: Tercera edición actualizada y aumentada
- [i.e., 3rd updated and enlarged ed.]
- 250 3a ed.
- The 250 should be edited to read "3a ed. actualizada y aum." to confirm
that this is a genuine edition statement, not just a printing statement. (See also
Part I.A.2, on matching based on foreign-language edition statements
indicating revision.) Since the lack of "actualizada y aum." is likely to be a result of
cataloguer omission, no brackets are needed.
Genuine edition statements presented in 500 quoted notes fields should be re-tagged to 250 edition statements.
- First edition statements:
- If a first edition statement is missing from the record but present in the
piece, it should be added in brackets as:
- If a first edition statement is missing from the piece but present in the
record as "250 1st ed." or a foreign-language variant, the 250 statement
should be bracketed.
- Possible printing statements:
- If a statement is explicitly a simple printing statement, using a term for
"printing," it should be deleted from a record or altered to match the
actual edition statement (just as you would delete or change simple printing
dates -- see Part II.B.2, on editing printing dates). Any changes should be bracketed.
- E.g. T.p. verso: Third edition ... 4th printing
- 250 3rd ed., 4th printing.
- The 250 "4th printing" should be deleted.
- E.g. T.p. verso: 2a edizione, riveduta 1988
[i.e., 2nd ed., revised]
Ristampa [reprint] 1990
- 250 2a ed., riv., ristampa.
- The 250 "ristampa" should be deleted.
- E.g. T.p. verso: 1. Ausgabe
1.-50. Tausend Juni 1955
- 250 3. Ausg.
- The 250 in this matching record should be changed to [1. Ausg.]
- (This example, in which the piece is the first edition, first printing,
while the record reflects a later printing, contrasts with the reverse
situation illustrated at the beginning of Part II.A., in which the
record is for the first edition while the piece reflects a later
- E.g. 250 3. ed.
- The piece has no edition statement. Otherwise, everything in the
piece matches the record.
- The 250 field should be deleted.
- Statements using the term "edition" together with a generic
term -- such as "First paperback edition," "Book club edition," "Deluxe edition," etc. --
that actually relate to printing variations not affecting matching should be
left in a record. If the statement is not present in your piece, it should be
However, such statements should not be added to a record.
(See also Part I.A.1, on matching based on edition
statements including generic terms.)
- Statements using the term "edition" together with specific additional
information, such as a series or publisher name, should be added or the
record edited to match the piece.
(See also Part I.A.2., on matching based on edition
statements including specific additional information.)
- E.g. "First McGraw-Hill paperback edition" should be added as
- 250 [1st McGraw-Hill pbk. ed.].
- E.g. T.p. verso: Tercera edición, Primera en la Editorial Sudamericana
- 250 3. ed.
- The 250 should be edited to read: 3. ed., 1. en la Editorial
Sudamericana. (The omission of "1. en la Editorial Sudamericana"
was probably a cataloguer error, so no brackets are needed.)
- If you are not certain whether information in the 250 field reflects printing
information or actual edition information, do not alter it.
- E.g. T.p. verso: 1a edizione 1982
2a edizione 1986
- 250 2a ed.
- You are using the "2a ed." record because there is no matching
record for the first edition.
- The 250 should not be changed. Without more evidence that the
first edition was identical to yours, it would be risky to change the
250 to "1. ed."
WORKING DOCUMENT 29 April 1994; rev. 24 January 1995
HTML document last reviewed: 16 November 1999