Friday, February 6, 2015

Illustat* (for Illustrat*)

The other day I happened upon a little book in the stacks that it seemed might better be housed up in Manuscripts & Special Collections (a non-circulating area), due to its illustrations by Dr. Seuss. It's also apparently quite rare, with only two copies listed on AbeBooks, both of them priced at over $1,000. Fortunately, the folks upstairs agreed with me. The book, written by Albert Deane, is titled Spelling Bees: The Oldest and the Newest Rage, and was published in 1937. It's peppered with small pen and ink drawings by Dr. Seuss, including a couple of "Horton," as my coworker delightedly noted, "disguised as a bee." This typo is one of "highest probability," according to the Ballard list, and should be looked for and corrected STAT. We discovered 143 cases of Illustat* in OhioLINK today, and "too many records found for your search" in WorldCat.

(Cousin Reginald Spells Peloponnesus, by Norman Rockwell, 1918, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

Carol Reid

1 comment:

Brian H. said...

You might also wish to check Ilustra* While it has some false positives due to Spanish and French languages, I caught 3 incorrect in my catalog.