Of course, to change the practice now to include these prefixes would immediately proliferate an inconsistency which one would have to explain to everyone, not just to new catalogers. As you say, some thought is needed before we throw this practice out the window. As it stands right now, I haven't noticed that folks are having trouble with it. If they do .... we fix it and move on, right?
As for us, it isn't a minute point. We're in the process of working through over 6,000 19th-century German titles as well as numerous volumes from Latin America. Indeed, this is an every-day encounter here and no one
seems to be troubled with it.
Richard C. Amelung, Ph. D., M.A.L.S.
Professor Emeritus of Legal Research
Vincent C. Immel Law Library
Saint Louis University School of Law
100 N. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63101-1930