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Jan 2, 2012, 4:12am Top

**Please read as there have been modifications**

This thread is for LT’ers or thingamabrarians, or members, or their designees, to post combining or separating problems with their books.

** If a book has been combined with a book that is extremely different from the original.
** If a book won’t combine with the other books just like it.
** There is a problem with the entry & it is just too overwhelming to deal with.



Give us the TITLE & author, plus any other information you think we might need & please NUMBER them if you post more than one.

..Please combine:

#1: The story of the life of you

#2: The story of the life of everyone else

** Please do not give us search pages or author pages.
Give us concrete & specific works to be combined, not groups of possibles, unless you have questions. Series pages can be helpful.

** You can ask us to look at a set of works to ask our opinions or ask if someone with a specific language or subject knowledge look at your request, but please be brief.

** Make your request easy for yourself & for the combiners who will help you.

Then you can just wait, “and someone will be with you shortly.”
Please, keep in mind this work is done by volunteers, not LT staff.

*** If you number multiple requests, it makes it easier if someone can only work on part of a request.

*** If you edit your post to add new items to be combined, please indicate that they are new by preceding with “ETA:” or “Edit:”.

*** Also, please indicate when a request has been "DONE".

Tim’s Guidelines for Proper Etiquette for contacting members about their book records:

“For this topic, I still feel strongly that I’d like to consider it bad form. Many others agree with me. But a few think I’m dictating and are angry about that. So, fine. Let’s just write some guidelines up. I propose that the guidelines be something along the lines of:

* Remember that LibraryThing is used for many different reasons. The way you use and enjoy the site is not necessarily the way others do.
* Be sensitive to how the member is using LibraryThing. Approach members who show no interest in the social side more cautiously.
* Try to provide helpful information and ask questions rather than dictating.
* If the user indicates displeasure at the request, let it drop.
* When in doubt, raise the issue in the Combiners! group before sending a message.”


Skittles’ note: I would like to add that we should ALWAYS use private comment when we absolutely must contact a LT’er, even when their response isn’t private.

Dr Mike’s (aka theapparatus) note:

If both works that need to be combine have more than 200 records, please post your request in this thread:


You need staff intervention to handle that request.

When this thread reaches approximately 200 posts, DO NOT POST HERE, but go to thread #45. This thread will be easier to handle if we keep it under 200 (faster loading). Please copy any notes or instructions to the new thread. Thank you.

Feel free to add comments &/or suggestions ... not just “challenges.”

** There is also a Combiner’s Group Information, FAQ & Discussion Thread #2 at: http://www.librarything.com/topic/57164 . That thread is for combining information, discussion in general, not for problems ... .

** The wiki page is here: http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/Book_combining

Addendum by AnnieMod: We will help mo matter what, it just makes it faster if we have all the information as described above :)

Jan 2, 2012, 7:24am Top

Hi! If I understand everything correctly, I cannot combine several books myself, but I have to ask you to do it right? Because if I can do it myself, I'd rather not bother you... I just haven't been able to find a button for it...
Anyway, I just noticed that there are three books with the same title that I believe to be the same (I got the book through member's giveaway, so I know it has two authors: C.R.Daems and J.R.Tomlin). The books are:


Thank you for combining them/telling me how to combine them/letting me know why they shouldn't be combined!

Edited: Jan 2, 2012, 8:32am Top

>2 zjakkelien: If you can combine them yourself, you can do it of course :)

In this case it required some authors combination first - that is why they were not showing for combination on the author page.

All set now I believe

PS: And I straightened out the Other Authors as well.

Jan 2, 2012, 10:33am Top

Jan 2, 2012, 4:39pm Top

Thank you!

Jan 3, 2012, 1:33pm Top

Jan 3, 2012, 4:05pm Top

#9 done

Jan 4, 2012, 2:47am Top

11: Done

Edited: Jan 6, 2012, 7:48am Top

Jan 4, 2012, 10:22pm Top

#14 done

Jan 5, 2012, 6:02am Top

The Great Acquittal

World Cat shows the authors as 'N T Wright; Gavin Reid; et al'. Further searching indicates that Gavin Reid was the editor, and that Wright was one of the contributors. Carey, probably as well, or it may be attributed to him because he was Archbishop of Canterbury at the time. I have found others like that.

Jan 5, 2012, 9:40am Top

>16 MarthaJeanne:: Done. According to Carey's biography on the Archbishop of Canterbury's site he is joint author of The Great Acquittal.

Edited: Jan 5, 2012, 6:41pm Top

> 13: I found only 1 title that looked ready to combine, The Happy Little Whale ( http://www.librarything.com/work/1034396 ). Am I missing something, or has it already been done?

Jan 6, 2012, 7:48am Top

>18 jasbro:
there were some more, so somebody combined them thanks

Jan 6, 2012, 10:50am Top


The two books in this series listed as #1 and the three listed as #3 need to be combined, please.

Jan 6, 2012, 11:12am Top

>20 Katya0133:
Done. Also added other authors.

Jan 6, 2012, 12:53pm Top

Oops. Someone has made Iain M. Banks back into a single author. If anyone gets the chance to look at it before I get home in an hour, please have at it.

Jan 6, 2012, 1:02pm Top

22 I have now separated out Iain Banks. That is a start.

Jan 6, 2012, 2:44pm Top

Thanks. There seem to have been quite a few changes since I was last in there to clean things up.

Jan 6, 2012, 7:40pm Top

Jan 7, 2012, 11:41am Top

I'm usually able to combine on my own these days but for whatever silly reason the Shadow Unit ebook combinations are just not working out for me. The following three are all the same work:


The following are the same work:

The following are the same work:

And the following are the same work:


Edited: Jan 7, 2012, 12:20pm Top

26 I've done the last three.

Jan 7, 2012, 3:51pm Top

26 - 1st set combined

Jan 7, 2012, 9:02pm Top


Jan 7, 2012, 10:31pm Top

Oh for the love'a.... okay. I'm usually a pretty good combiner/seperator, don't really work on others stuff, but I like to tidy up stuff that I own/have read. But then there's this bleepin' The Sweet Trade by Elizabeth Garrett, which is really a pseudonym for James L. Nelson. Only problem is that the other books in the Elizabeth Garrett record aren't his I believe.

Is there a way to pry that one book that's actually his from the rest of them? (Me or someone above my pay grade... :))

I don't really want to change the author to Nelson, just want to hook in the pseudonym to his real name.

Jan 8, 2012, 1:20am Top

I believe you can split the Elizabeth Garrett page and combine one of the splits with the James L. Nelson page but I'd wait for one of the experts to give the details.

Edited: Jan 8, 2012, 3:29am Top

>30 DanieXJ:

Step 1: Split Elizabeth Garrett.
Step 2: Go again on the splitting page for Garrett, click on the second tab ("Alias divisions to other authors") and find the number under which are the books that actually belong to the one that writes as Nelson.
Step 3: Next to the line, paste the text: nelsonjamesl (basically the address of the author you want to alias into; you cannot alias into something like sharptom-1 -- you can only alias into the full author and then through the split put the books under the correct place in the split)

Save and all set.

I did it for you now, but go through the steps to see how it is done for next time :)

PS: And while I was at that, I untangled how many authors are hiding under the name (3) and got them assigned and noted.

Jan 8, 2012, 12:31pm Top

Ah, see, I got to the split part, but then didn't know about the alias to other authors part (and now I do).

Thank you. For doing it, and now I know what to do if it comes up again. That is why this group rocks! :)

Jan 8, 2012, 6:52pm Top

Jan 8, 2012, 7:48pm Top

>32 AnnieMod: - Thanks for the stepwise explanation - the aliasing split authors occurred while I was on hiatus from LT - glad to see progress made along this front!

>34 bookel: - done

Jan 8, 2012, 8:53pm Top

Please combine Two-Part Invention: The Story of a Marriage by Madeleine L'Engle


Jan 8, 2012, 9:39pm Top

Probably just a simple combination, but maybe not...

My book, illustrated by David Palmer, Hymns and Songs (A Ladybird Book), is here:

On the author page for David Palmer, http://www.librarything.com/work/11087757/book/71382625, I do not see a green check mark indicating that I have this book by him, however another LTer does have it,

Hymns and Songs (Prayers & hymns), http://www.librarything.com/work/7772272.

I think the works need to be combined. Right?


Jan 8, 2012, 11:05pm Top

#36 & 37 done

Jan 8, 2012, 11:58pm Top

39: Done

Jan 9, 2012, 12:45am Top

Jan 9, 2012, 1:09am Top

On this author's page there are a lot of books listed in a language other than English. Granted, he's French, but since this is the English-language LT, shouldn't the primary listing for each book (if it's available in English) be in English, at the top of the lists?

I'm hoping someone here would like to make that happen!



Jan 9, 2012, 1:21am Top

Allyn Allen http://www.librarything.com/work/11749406 has a book listed under on the Author Page for
Irmengarde Eberle http://www.librarything.com/combine.php?author=eberleirmengarde

There is no disambig notice that they're the same author...I think it's a mistake and the Allen book should be removed.

Have at it!


Edited: Jan 9, 2012, 3:24am Top

43> No, the largest number of copies wins. Since a large majority of LT users mostly read in English, that is usually English, but not always. That page has several different languages. I was able to make one combination.

Edited: Jan 9, 2012, 3:24am Top

44> It is listed as another name for her, and was a pseudonym she used. http://www.lib.usm.edu/~degrum/html/research/findaids/eberle.htm I have combined in the other pseudonym she used. (See LoC entry for the only book on that author page. (http://lccn.loc.gov/42024381)

Jan 9, 2012, 4:34am Top

41, 42: Done
Combining authors is usually easy - from one author page, click the Search link in the pink "Improve this author" box on the right, when you find the author you want to combine in, click the combine link.

Jan 9, 2012, 1:47pm Top

The book(s) IQ84 by Haruki Murakami seem(s) to be mixed between the 1st, the 2nd and the 3rd :

Edited: Jan 9, 2012, 7:20pm Top

> 48: Yes, from all indications, 1Q84 has been published in variant editions ranging from one to three volumes, as reflected by the 1Q84 "Series" at http://www.librarything.com/series/1Q84. If you see a volume (or a combination of volumes) that is out of place, please separate and recombine them appropriately. On the other hand, if somebody out there has a better understanding of the way individual volumes relate to each other, and/or to the work as a whole ("Mr. Murakami, I presume?"), please advise -- or revise our Series and its respective Work records accordingly. Thank you.

Jan 9, 2012, 3:34pm Top

>49 jasbro:

It's a just a novel published in 3 parts (and then the first 2 got published together in a lot of places). So there should be 5 works for it - the 3 volumes, the 1-2 work and the complete work.

Edited: Jan 10, 2012, 1:11am Top

Jan 10, 2012, 1:11am Top

Jan 10, 2012, 2:18am Top

# 51, 52 done

Jan 10, 2012, 2:30am Top

43, You can make every title English by use of Canonical Title. It won't affect the title seen on other language sites.

Jan 10, 2012, 9:15am Top

For example, I'd really like to see this author's page "translated" into English. Maybe I will do it myself soon.

Jan 10, 2012, 9:27pm Top

>43 SaintSunniva:, 54 Collectorator, thank you for explaining.

Jan 11, 2012, 8:44am Top

> 56.1, 56.2: Also done.

Jan 12, 2012, 1:06pm Top

Please combine:

Die Blueberry-Chroniken 02. Die Sierra bebt
Thunder in the West

I believe they're the same work, but with different authors listed as primary (one's the more famous illustrator).


Jan 12, 2012, 5:41pm Top

> 59: Done

Jan 14, 2012, 8:57am Top

> 61: Done.

Jan 14, 2012, 6:59pm Top

Please combine:

Silver dental fillings : the toxic timebomb

Jan 15, 2012, 12:21am Top

> 63: Done.

Jan 15, 2012, 8:45pm Top

#65 Done. Also found more stray copies. Author shifted to illustrator with corporate author as secondary. Does it matter?

Jan 15, 2012, 9:39pm Top

>66 fdholt:

Hmm. I added the illustrator as the illustrator but now it's the primary author and I can't change it. If you can change it please do, but it doesn't matter a whole lot.

Jan 15, 2012, 10:19pm Top

#67 I think it's fixed, maybe? I added the corporate author several times and it didn't take, then it did. I'll check tomorrow to see if it remains that way.

Jan 16, 2012, 12:20am Top

>68 fdholt:

It looks fine now. Thanks, Fianna.

Edited: Jan 16, 2012, 8:23am Top

these work
1 done

should be split.


Jan 16, 2012, 4:18am Top

Edited: Jan 16, 2012, 7:41am Top

#70 A lot of works with what I call trivial titles and lack of much other information are like this. It would take looking up each isbn and matching to other works or runnuing the series statement in WorldCat: see the edition page:
(There are matches for some of the items in the list in other works.)

A life time project for all the works involved!

Edited for clarity

Jan 16, 2012, 7:48am Top

#70 is done

Jan 16, 2012, 12:39pm Top

0-copy stray of Lorelei of the Red Mist (Short story) by Leigh Brackett that needs combining :



Jan 16, 2012, 9:55pm Top

> 74: Done.

Jan 17, 2012, 4:02am Top

Jan 17, 2012, 8:03am Top

76: Done

Edited: Jan 17, 2012, 3:53pm Top


0-copy stray of Guzman de Alfarache by Mateo Aleman :

0-copy stray of Guzman de Alfarache, Part 2/2 :

0-copy stray of El Cementerio de Los Pajaros by Antonio Gala :


Jan 17, 2012, 12:28pm Top

hmmm zero copies adding is resulting in the message:

Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /var/www/html/inc_workpieces_debris.php on line 242

on the editions page.

Jan 17, 2012, 12:49pm Top

>80 2wonderY:

This shows up when you have 0 copies. Ignore it -- it is just telling you that there are no valid copies (sometimes...)

Jan 17, 2012, 1:21pm Top

I thought it might be a signal as to why the items in >79 supersidvicious: are not combining, even though I added author names to the 0-copies.

Jan 17, 2012, 1:27pm Top

>82 2wonderY:

Nah - shows up on 0 copies work a lot.

>79 supersidvicious:

>78 Jarandel:
1&3 done. Are you sure about 2? When ISBN/title are in disagreement, we go with the title unless if we can trace where the wrong data originated...

Edited: Jan 17, 2012, 3:53pm Top

>83 AnnieMod: Actually ISBN 8437607094 is a 2 volume edition, so I guess you're right, unless the lister went out of their way to give their books a distinctive v. 1/2 title they should be combined with the whole work, did so.

DONE thanks. 0-copy stray of Canto General 2/2 by Pablo Neruda :

Jan 17, 2012, 1:51pm Top

>84 Jarandel:
:) That is what I thought but did not have time to figure out what edition it is so preferred to ask.

The Neruda book is done

Jan 17, 2012, 3:51pm Top

0-copy stray of the Easy Readers' version of Requiem por un campesino espanol :



Jan 17, 2012, 4:06pm Top

Jan 17, 2012, 11:42pm Top

These two are the same work, but I'm not sure how to combine them. I can combine when through the author page, but I don't know how to get to that point. So if you want to fix them great, but can you also please tell me how so I can do it in the future. Thanks!


Jan 18, 2012, 12:00am Top

>88 KarenElissa:
In this case, it is even easier than usual - check the edition page: http://www.librarything.com/work/5772751/editions
:) I won't do it so you can see for yourself and do it from there.

Jan 18, 2012, 12:12am Top

>89 AnnieMod: Thanks! Done and I found another one that it worked on too. :-)

Jan 18, 2012, 3:25am Top

Please combine

The Frog and Toad Collection Box Set (I Can Read Book 2)

Jan 18, 2012, 5:47am Top

91: Done.

Jan 18, 2012, 11:55am Top

Have been separating various 1- and 0-copies of the "Torture Garden" film derived from Robert Bloch stories, that got presumably autocombined into the similarly-titled novel by Octave Mirbeau, they now need to be recombined among themselves.
There's also a couple that are attributed, erroneously I believe, to Richard Matheson, unless someone knows better they probably should be combined too :

Jan 18, 2012, 11:21pm Top

> 93: Done.

Edited: Jan 20, 2012, 12:33am Top

do you think these editions should be split?
1 done

ISBN or title is to be trusted?


Jan 19, 2012, 7:47am Top

#95 When I checked that isbn in WorldCat, it is for a set of books called New PM story books that include the titles named: there are packs A, B, C, etc. that all use the same isbn. In other WorldCat records, there are color levels with sets of books. Each title also has its own isbn for hard and paper. In addition, there are more than one author involved in the series. Red level is for one set is Beverley Randell, Jenny Giles and Annette Smith. If you want further info, PM me.

Based on this I would separate by title.

Edited: Jan 19, 2012, 7:53am Top

I always trust title over ISBN, as I make the assumption that people are more likely to enter the correct title in their catalog and ignore the ISBN, than they are to get the ISBN correct when the title is wrong.

Edited to add:
95: I've done some, but no time now for the rest.

Edited: Jan 19, 2012, 8:03am Top

>95 supersidvicious: Title should come first.

Maybe that was a box or set of books with an overarching ISBN and listers either didn't bother to find individual books ISBN or there wasn't one. Another author who suffers from a lot of the same confusion salad is Jack Vance "thanks" to a multivolume complete edition of his works with ONE bleeding ISBN with the resulting combination clutter >.>

Jan 19, 2012, 2:03pm Top

Title beats ISBN any day -- people see their titles all the time; ISBNs get changed when you change covers (the Amazon ones) or come wrong sometimes)...

Jan 20, 2012, 10:17am Top

I've done a few, but need to go. I'll check back later.

Jan 20, 2012, 10:29am Top

>101 markbarnes:

Is "Bible For Today" and "Bible the Word in Life" the same one?

Jan 20, 2012, 11:06am Top

101: Done
I've taken your word about being certain!

Edited: Jan 21, 2012, 6:06am Top

Working on 105 #1 - there are some editions with a different title, volume number, and cover already mixed in to http://www.librarything.com/work/370796 -- should they be separated out?

I've got everything that's currently in the series right, but there's probably lots more to add in if anyone else has more time. There's a great reference list at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_to_Draw_Manga

Jan 21, 2012, 5:14am Top

>106 r.orrison: Sorry no idea I don't own any of the books

Jan 21, 2012, 6:00am Top

I have a problem with a book that's been wrongly combined. It is a book that contains two works and has been combined with the first work. My problem is, I can't get the combine page to show the works, thus I cannot separate it out - I think it might just be too many works and my connection too slow.

This is my book:
Der unheimliche Weg & Elefanten vergessen nicht by Agatha Christie (The translation is: So Many Steps to Death (also known as Destination unknown) & Elephants can Remember
The ISBN is 3704220817

It's been combined into this work: http://www.librarything.com/work/15514/workdetails/81605858

I saw it after I had changed the canonical title...

Can anyone get the combine page to actually show the books and separate out the ISBN, please?

Jan 21, 2012, 6:08am Top

You can do separation from the editions page: http://www.librarything.com/work/15514/editions/81605858

Edited: Jan 21, 2012, 7:09am Top

r.orrison, thanks, that worked.

#108 fixed.

New problem: How do I get the now separated works with identical ISBN 3704220817 combined ? They do not show up in each others editions or using the search. Does it take time for LT to recalculate?

My book:

Someone's book, also containing an empty entry:

Edited: Jan 21, 2012, 8:07am Top

How do I get the now separated works with identical ISBN 3704220817 combined?

If the authors are listed correctly on the works, then you do it from the author's combine/separate page. On the author's page, http://www.librarything.com/author/christieagatha, in the Improve This Author box on the right, click the author's name.

Jan 21, 2012, 9:16am Top

#112 done

Edited: Jan 21, 2012, 1:05pm Top

#111 r.orrison: I'm back to my original problem, then, as the works don't show up for me (tried different PCs & internet connections) - too many books and works under Agatha Christie?

Any other ways of combining the works?

Either someone did it or the identical ISBN matched them - they are combined now, see http://www.librarything.com/work/12183806/summary/81605858

Still interested in the answer if there is another way of combining them, or if the ISBN "catch up" after a while. And had anybody else the problem of the works shpwing not up on the author's page?

Jan 21, 2012, 8:25pm Top

#114 Done - and remind me not to do a anything like this when tired! My mistake now fixed.

Does this look OK?

Jan 22, 2012, 5:23am Top

#115 by Laia>
It was me that combined them, while investigating what was happening. There are ways of combining books that don't show up as suggestions anywhere, but they are complicated (see the links in the first message). Usually the easiest way is just to ask here.

Sometimes a book doesn't show up on an author's page when it clearly should, usually it will appear if you wait a day or two.

Jan 22, 2012, 7:21am Top

>116 fdholt:: Looking good to me, fdholt. Thank you very much indeed :)

Jan 22, 2012, 11:10am Top

# 117


Edited: Jan 22, 2012, 2:10pm Top

I've been doing some author splits and title combinations for Thomas Wolfe (1), the author of Look Homeward Angel. TW (1) had already been aliased into Thomas Clayton Wolfe -- except it really hasn't -- it was aliased to thomasclaytonwolfe instead of to wolfethomasclayton. so that the author page heading reads 'thomasclaytonwolfe' instead of 'Thomas Clayton Wolfe'.

I don't see how to edit the url. I could fix it cosmetically by entering a Canonical name, but I hesitate to do that. I suppose I could re-alias TW (1) correctly to wolfethomasclayton but I don't know if that may screw stuff up worse, since it's already been aliased once't.

Advice, please...

Jan 22, 2012, 4:16pm Top

Good thing you didn't, as wolfethomasclayton was combined into Thomas Wolfe. I have separated it out, but it has no books. For that matter, neither does thomasclaytonwolfe. The two really ought to be combined. Canonical name will still probably be needed.

Jan 22, 2012, 4:31pm Top

Hmmmm, okay, thanks. I hadn't noticed that the correct middlename form had been combined into TW (1). Actually, I'm just going to leave it alone, I think. He didn't use Clayton, so it doesn't really belong in a 'canonincal' name, and as far as I can tell there (surprisingly) don't seem to be any other authors called just 'Thomas Wolfe' so it's not really needed. I believe (though I'm not sure) that all the 'unknown' titles listed under TW do belong to TW (1), but most are in German (help?) and one seems hopelessly vague ('Selections').

Edited: Jan 22, 2012, 5:05pm Top

Some German, others Norwegian and Danish. The only two I can't specifically give to Thomas Wolfe (1) after checking in World Cat are 'Selections' and 'Sämtliche Erzählungen' (Complete Stories). I've undivided it.

A few of those works can't be combined with the English becasue they are of only part of the English work. I have put original title into CK.

I don't see any reason to recombine the two clayton pages in, as they have no works. If anyone disagrees, go right ahead.

Jan 22, 2012, 5:37pm Top

Thanks, MarthaJeanne...

Jan 22, 2012, 7:41pm Top

Could someone who likes to contact amazon about ISBN image problems please tell them about this:
http://www.librarything.com/work/12189497/summary the problem
http://www.librarything.com/work/338749/summary the correct one
http://www.librarything.com/work/4752367/summary the other one

Thank you.

Jan 23, 2012, 8:42am Top

Thanks so much for #101!

Jan 23, 2012, 12:46pm Top

> 125: Does it help to contact Amazon about image problems? (Oh, wait; you specified "ISBN" image problems. Never mind.)

Jan 23, 2012, 3:01pm Top

I've done what I can do to unravel these mysteries. I am familiar with this first series. They're old and should not have ISBNs. I *think* I have them divided properly.

Evidently they came out with a different set in the 90s. I cannot make heads or tails of this, but I have done what I could to round them up and put them in a semblance of order. Anyone want to fix it? It's a bad mess.

Jan 23, 2012, 3:46pm Top

>128 Collectorator:
I've got the old set on my desk at home. I'll try to remember to bring them to the computer tomorrow.

Jan 23, 2012, 4:10pm Top

129, ok! Good deal.

Jan 23, 2012, 6:53pm Top

Stray 0-copy of "Requiem for a Spanish Peasant & The Ford" that needs combining :



Jan 23, 2012, 7:32pm Top

> 131: Done.

Jan 24, 2012, 9:34am Top

>130 Collectorator:
Looks like someones been working assiduously on these. Thanks! It's looking good. I just added Grolier as publisher to those in the new series which didn't have a connection to Grolier yet. Should I combine the various isbns for the 6 in 6 sets?

Jan 24, 2012, 11:01am Top

I don't know what to do with those anymore. I have risen to my level of incompetence. (Peter Principle) Whatever you think is best, just do it.

Edited: Jan 24, 2012, 12:12pm Top

Yeah, it looks like Grolier changed the order and number of volumes several times after the 70's. I'll do a bit more research and see if I can unravel it better. Sorry thing is the isbn that seems to be for the entire set.

Also, the original subscription in the 1930's was 30 volumes. And there may be another publisher who has used the same phrase in their geography set.

Jan 24, 2012, 12:18pm Top

#136 done

Edited: Jan 26, 2012, 3:39pm Top

I'm pretty much done with the Lands and Peoples entries. I've combined what seemed appropriate based on a library search that discovered all of the ISBNs which are present. I've enhanced series descriptions and placed disambiguation notices. The New series continues to show multiple items of each volume because someone added multiple odd canonical names and I have not undone them. Two entries appear to be Amazon seller errors in titles, but I didn't know which way to jump, so I left them for future editing.

Turns out I own 2 full sets of the old series. They are just too gorgeous! It's a shame no one has scanned pictures of the 1973 covers. They are très cool, aussi.

Jan 24, 2012, 4:58pm Top

139, looks good to me. I was the one with the odd canonicals...trying and hoping that the ISBN would shed some light. I don't mind if you erase them all. They were only meant for a short while anyway.

No more lands and peoples! sheeesh.

Jan 24, 2012, 5:54pm Top

Hi! I'm not really sure how to go about this so I thought I'd post it here.

This book (Don Juan in Hankey, PA) is by author Gale Martin
but it seems that "Gale Martin" has been combined with "Martingale and Company" (publisher of knitting books) and I can't seem to separate this by using http://www.librarything.com/author/martingaleed/names

I appreciate the help!

Jan 24, 2012, 6:02pm Top

>142 brigneti:

See if this looks better.

Edited: Jan 24, 2012, 9:51pm Top

> 141: Done. Also, another zero-copy turned up, at http://www.librarything.com/work/10479890 . If you've been working on Jean de La Bruyère, can you tell us where it belongs?

Jan 24, 2012, 11:59pm Top

>145 Jarandel:

And now they are :)

Jan 25, 2012, 6:05am Top

>143 AnnieMod: Thanks. At least now they are separate, even if Gale Martin still shows up as "Martingale (ed)" http://www.librarything.com/author/martingale-1

Jan 25, 2012, 8:56am Top

>148 brigneti:

Which cannot be fixed easily enough - there is a CN somewhere that overwrites everything (in another language site?). I had put in a name for it - so

Jan 25, 2012, 10:23am Top

AnnieMod, I think I fixed the Martingale problem. The other book had an editor so combined it, leaving the Gale Martin book. Does it look OK now?

Jan 25, 2012, 10:31am Top

>151 fdholt:

Yep - that was what I would have tried next but ran out of time last night. Thanks for finishing it :)

Jan 25, 2012, 2:22pm Top

> 147.1: This looks like another Amazon image problem, like ##125 and 138 above. If it's a combining request, wouldn't we go with title over ISBN or Amazon-generated cover images? Please advise.

>147 supersidvicious:.2: Done.

>149 Jarandel:: Done.

Jan 25, 2012, 8:49pm Top

>151 fdholt:, 152
Thanks to both!

Edited: Jan 26, 2012, 10:37am Top

I have a book by Henrik Höjer:


If I go from there to the author's page
it says No books currently cataloged.

Instead my book is listed on

Can they be combined please? Thanks!

Jan 26, 2012, 11:32am Top

>155 prussia_cove:, Done, I think.

Edited: Jan 26, 2012, 3:36pm Top

Q: Do we need (or already have) an "Amazon Image Problem" thread? Several such are identified above (note my post #153), and here's another:

Luigi Pirandello
To Clothe the Naked and Other Plays

is not one and the same as:

Lenore Hart
The Treasure of Savage Island

Actually, this may be more than an "image problem," since WorldCat takes you to Pirandello's Work, but Amazon takes you to Hart's. Evidently, there's a same or similar ISBN involved here too.

Seeing as how I've always avoided tackling Amazon Image Problems, your thoughts, suggestions, and/or direct action would be gratefully accepted. Thanks to you all!

Jan 26, 2012, 3:41pm Top

It is an ISBN problem - worldcat lists both with the same ISBN http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=0525470921&qt=owc_search

Which means that we are stuck -- one of those that can never be untangled fully...

Jan 26, 2012, 4:02pm Top

> 158: Thanks for your assessment. (I was afraid that's the case.)

Jan 27, 2012, 8:31pm Top

> 160: Done as requested. Please double-check that it gave the results we want. Thanks!

Jan 27, 2012, 8:49pm Top

>161 jasbro: Seems fine to me, thanks :)

Jan 28, 2012, 3:49pm Top

Advice please.

I added this book today: http://www.librarything.com/work/7888826/editions/82336479

As you may notice, my copy (and current Amazon cover) say over 12, 000 words, but all others say over 6000. However, the ISBN seems to have stayed the same. Should I separate my copy out?

In the process of looking at this I have combined and separated various language editions. However, it could be argued that all the various bilingual editions belong together. Your opinions?

Even if the various language combinations are kept separate, what about the German/English and Englisch/Deutsch? http://www.librarything.com/work/513597

I should add that really finding all of them will be quite a job. I suspect that they are not all in LT, but there were at least 10 different language/German editions at the store yesterday.

Jan 28, 2012, 4:21pm Top

#163 My guess is that you bought a new edition that has doubled the number of words. (This is really common in supplemental language texts.) I would separate out the 12,000 from the 6,000. The isbn is the same but publishers are notorious for reusing the isbns. It costs them money!

In your second example, I find this entry strange (2nd down): German-English Visual Bilingual Dictionary (Bilingual Visual Dictionary) (German and French Edition) / Dk (ISBN 1405311045)
However there was an omnibus issue of all languages and the isbn covers the Spanish/English and German/English. This isbn does not bring up the French in WorldCat.

Jan 30, 2012, 8:59pm Top

Can these two works be combined?


I can't seem to figure out how. LT doesn't recognize them as potential matches, I'm guessing because of the different methods of listing the author. I would also be interested in knowing how this type of issue is tackled.

Thank you,

Jan 31, 2012, 9:15am Top

In #472 of Conversationa in 20th Century Authors (Their
Books) Part 4, I put double brackets around Marshall Field and go to "others" to try to have Touchstones show him, .but after doing so and clicking on the name I am taken to Maura Conlon-Ivors. Why is this and is there someone that can correct this? If so, who? Or to whom should this inquiry be directed?

Edited: Jan 31, 2012, 9:53am Top

Marshall Field

it did it for me too. but I don't know the fix. take it to bug reporting?


Edited: Jan 31, 2012, 11:07am Top

> 166, 167: It's doesn't identify what's going wrong in this instance, and I don't understand the mechanics (or electronics, or virtual logic) of how touchstones work; but there's a helpful message / thread on forcing touchstones at http://www.librarything.com/topic/127136#3045924 . That's is how I get Marshall Field. Hope it helps!

Jan 31, 2012, 4:43pm Top


No, I am NOT the one who combined these - but apparently I did something with CK at one time, as it showed up in my News Feed. I think they need separating. I don't have the time or patience tonight.

Jan 31, 2012, 8:12pm Top

Jan 31, 2012, 8:25pm Top

#170 done

Feb 1, 2012, 12:08pm Top

needs clearing up, but I didn't quite dare, as doing relationships between split authors is a tricky one.

Feb 1, 2012, 6:35pm Top

#169 done along with some extra singletons added. #172 also done, hopefully.

Feb 2, 2012, 2:47am Top

173> Thank you very much. I was in over my head on those.

Feb 3, 2012, 3:12pm Top

Feb 3, 2012, 3:40pm Top


Feb 4, 2012, 12:34pm Top

Feb 5, 2012, 11:38am Top

180: Done

Edited: Feb 5, 2012, 4:34pm Top

Usually I use Google translate to do this, but I know so little about Paddington Bear. It gets difficult to figure out which goes with which, even when you have a translation. So, if anyone is interested, here are the non-English titles that need to be combined into the English titles on Michael Bond's page.

ETA, link http://www.librarything.com/author/bondmichael-1

De kleine beer zit in moeilijkheden 1 copy
De verzamelde verhalen van het beertje Paddington 1 copy
Echt weer Paddington 1 copy
En travel dag for Paddington 1 copy
Feest met Paddington 1 copy
Hurra, hurra, Paddington ist da! 2 copies
Ich heisse Donnerstag 1 copy
L'abécédaire 1 copy
Les Exploits de Paddington 1 copy
Les nombres 1 copy
Nytt om Paddington 1 copy
Olga da Polga, Das neue Zuhause 3 copies
Olga da Polga, Frech wie eh und je 1 copy
Olga da Polga, Ihr bester Freund 1 copy
Olga da Polga, Streiche & Abenteuer 3 copies
Paddington eläintarhassa 1 copy
Paddington En Apuros/Paddington Marches on (Spanish Edition) 1 copy
Paddington går och handlar 1 copy
Paddington hat nichts zu tun 1 copy
Paddington hos frisøren 1 copy
Paddington i dag : de siste historiene om Paddington 1 copy
Paddington i dyrehagen 1 copy
Paddington in de tuin 3 copies
Paddington la Carnaval 1 copy
Paddington macht sich Freunde. ( Ab 8 J.). 1 copy
Paddington naar het circus 1 copy
Paddington og slottslabyrinten 1 copy
Paddington op de kermis 1 copy
Paddington op stap in Londen 1 copy
Paddington på badstranden 1 copy
Paddington på cirkus 1 copy
Paddington på godsbesøk 1 copy
Paddington på slottet 1 copy
Paddington på tivoli 1 copy
Paddington Panorama Boek 1 copy
Paddington passer huset 1 copy
Paddington si Surprize de Craciun 1 copy
Paddington slår til 1 copy
Paddington slår till 1 copy
Paddington tivolissa 1 copy
Paddington, kleine Ausgabe, Paddingtons Zaubertricks 1 copy
Paddington, Unser Kleine Bar (German Edition) 2 copies
Paddington. 1. Paddington, unser kleiner Bär 1 copy
Paddington. Der kleine Bär und seine Freunde 1 copy
Paddington: Der Kleine Bar und Sine Freund. Text in German 1 copy
Paddington-karhun seikkailuja 2 1 copy
Paddingtons minnebok 1 copy
Paddingtons regniga dag 1 copy
Paddingtons resväska : innehåller 8 sagoböcker 1 copy
Paddingtons trädgård 1 copy
Paddingtons Tutti Frutti søndag 1 copy
Speurneus Paddington 1 copy
Vacaciones De Paddington/Paddington Abroad (Spanish Edition) 1 copy
Verzamelde verhalen van Het Beertje Paddington 5 copies

Edited: Feb 5, 2012, 8:20pm Top

Please combine:

http://www.librarything.com/work/12239731 (0) copies


http://www.librarything.com/work/12239733 (2) copies

Thanks in advance

Feb 6, 2012, 4:21am Top

Edited: Feb 6, 2012, 1:18pm Top

> 182: Have you tried following links to these Works on WorldCat and/or Amazon? I find they're often helpful in making connections between Works in translation and their (for me) English-language originals; WorldCat more often so than Amazon. Still, our editions on LT have to include ISBNs that WorldCat or Amazon can find, which is less often the case for editions published in non-English-speaking countries.

(Teach your kids languages! It's a mark of truly educated people the world over!)

Edited: Feb 6, 2012, 7:52pm Top

Done thanks.

Humboldt's travels to equinoctial America, Part 1/2
0-copy in need of combining :

Feb 6, 2012, 5:16pm Top

>182 Collectorator:,185

Careful with the translations and Google translate -- books get renamed during translations - and sometimes a book with the same name in English is actually another one from the series.

Feb 6, 2012, 5:17pm Top

Edited: Feb 7, 2012, 6:38am Top

Feb 7, 2012, 2:37am Top

185, I like Google Translate. It works for me most of the time. I just don't like Paddington Bear much.

Feb 7, 2012, 3:01am Top

189: Done

Feb 7, 2012, 8:01am Top

Feb 7, 2012, 11:05am Top

>182 Collectorator: - I worked on it a bit - mostly looking up ISBN's in worldcat and seeing if a title was listed - some entries show the original title or sometimes if you click on a link to one of the library's holdings they will list the original title. I didn't combine any that I wasn't sure about.

Edited: Feb 7, 2012, 12:34pm Top

>195 supersidvicious: Done + 2 bonus strays in other languages combined as well.
Except the 0-copy I've linked below :


Feb 7, 2012, 12:49pm Top

>196 Jarandel:: Combined those two.

Feb 8, 2012, 4:12am Top

Feb 8, 2012, 7:58am Top

Edited: Feb 13, 2012, 7:51am Top

I have in my library the book: Captain Bligh's Second Voyage to the South Seas, by Ida Lee. But when I put the title in to be searched, I get a book by Captain Bligh:


How can this be corrected so that a search for this book will give the Lee book??

I think I have fixed this by manually inserting the Ida Lee book and deleting the book by William Bligh from my library--I have never read the Book by Bligh and I only have in my library books I have read in full.

Apr 25, 2012, 1:48am Top

In the Putnam Hall series page I see one title twice. I've tried to combine this but one copy has a single copy and the other is a zero-copy edition.

I'd appreciate any help in combining these. If there are tips for how to accomplish this, I'd like to learn them.


Edited: Apr 25, 2012, 2:48am Top

#203 Done. The zero-copy edition showed up under possible combinations.

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