Definition of term:: Periodicals


  • John Carter about book collectors: "Most book-collectors, being book-collectors, ignore magazines and newspapers which contain the first printing or a serialisation of something they want in first edition form. Thorough author-collectors take a sterner view of their responsibilities: some collect runs of periodicals for the sake of the serial, some extract the serial and have it bound. Even those who in general limit themselves to books allow a certain number of anomalous exceptions, mostly from among the border-line cases. For instance, Conan Doyle ’s A Study in Scarlet was first printed, in its entirety but amongst other contributions, in Beeton’s Christmas Annual for 1887; and collectors have decided (quite illogically, but exercising their unquestioned right) to consider this the desideratum, rather than the first edition in book form (i.e. its first appearance between its own covers), which was published in the following year – and is, incidentally, about five times rarer today. More rational exceptions are such works as Rider Haggard’s Mr. Meeson’s Will, which occupied an entire issue of The Illustrated London News in 1888, or Evelyn Waugh’s The Loved One (in Horizon, February 1948)."
Danish: Tidsskrift
Dutch: Tijdschrift
French: Périodiques
German: Periodika
Italian: Rivista
Spanish: Revista
Swedish: Periodica
Source: John Carter, ABC for Book Collectors. 7th edition. With Corrections, Additions and an Introduction by Nicolas Barker. Oak Knoll Press 1995
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