From page 466 of Maxwell’s Handbook for RDA
“188.8.131.52.1 Complete Works: “The conventional collective title “Works” is used for a compilation that purports to be the complete works of a person…There may be many compilations of the [complete] works of an author. For cataloging purposes these may all be considered the same aggregate work, although they may represent many different expressions of that aggregate work. Therefore the title works itself would probably never need to be qualified to distinguish it from another aggregate work with the same title.”
As has been pointed out, different compilations of complete (or purported to be complete) works are different expressions. Traditionally they have been distinguished by the date in $f.
*However*, if what you have is a works selections situation, then yes, they are different aggregate works and need to be distinguished.
I guess it depends on how you interpret RDA 184.108.40.206: “Include additional elements in authorized access points if needed to distinguish the access point for a work from one that is the same or similar but represents a different work.”
Are two collections of complete works, edited by different editors or published by different publishers, different works? I honestly don’t know. ON the one hand the collection should be more or less the same in terms of what texts are included; on the other, there are a million ways it could be different (e.g. different order of texts, different commentary, perhaps even different Vorlagen if it’s a translation).
I think it might add to the confusion that an author’s “Complete works” and a FRBR:work are the same word but maybe not the same concept.
It does seem to me that, while under AACR2 we frequently used uniform titles as collocating devices as well as means of identifying resources, under RDA the movement is toward only using them for identification. See for example the effort to move away from uniform titles like “Work name. $l Language” for translations, and instead specifically identify which translation is being accessed. So I wouldn’t be at all surprised if practice is moving toward using access points for works that specifically identify the collection rather than just bring all collections together.
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I am curious about a “Works” name-title authority record.
The NACO authority with heading
Lonergan, Bernard J. F. $t Works. $f 1988
was recently changed to
Lonergan, Bernard J. F. $t Works (Lonergan Research Institute)
I don’t believe this is legitimate RDA usage, is it?
My understanding is that there is only one “Works” work for each author, possibly with multiple expressions. The parenthetical qualifier here is at the work level, and thus distinguishes this “work” from other “works” that constitute the complete works of Lonergan. (Getting through these multiple senses of “work” is a lot of work.) That does not seem to be correct.