Series authority records can exist either as work- or expression-level records.

This is an expression-level record (it represents a particular expression of Erasmus’s complete works, the Amsterdam edition, as you noted). 380 is for “Form of work”; there isn’t an equivalent MARC field for “Form of expression”, nor is there an RDA element for this. So when we’re identifying a series like this one that is an expression, we record the fact that it’s a series using the RDA “Other distinguishing characteristic of expression” element, which is coded in MARC 381. (This is true of any series—if the record represents a work it’s recorded in 380; if the record represents an expression it’s recorded in 381).

I know it seems a little odd; most series can have a series authority record at the work level, but in the case of series like this that are the complete works of somebody the “work” is the complete works (which would have the AAP Erasmus, Desiderius, ǂd -1536. ǂt Works), but the aggregate “work” at that level isn’t a series.

Someone from LC will have to comment on whether or not subfield $b should precede the year in the call number in 050.


Robert L. Maxwell
Ancient Languages and Special Collections Librarian
6728 Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602

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Subject: Erasmus, Desiderius, -1536. Works. 1969 (n86716878)

Good afternoon. I have a few questions regarding the authority record for the “Amsterdam edition” of Erasmus’ works:

010  n  86716878  ǂz n  85331727
040  DLC ǂb eng ǂe rda ǂc DLC ǂd DLC ǂd UPB ǂd MoSU ǂd UPB
046  ǂk 1969 ǂ2 edtf
050 0PA8500 1969
1001 Erasmus, Desiderius, ǂd -1536. ǂt Works. ǂf 1969
377  lat
381  Series (Publications) ǂ2 lcsh
381  Multipart monograph
4001 Erasmus, Desiderius, ǂd -1536. ǂt Works. ǂl Latin ǂf 1969
4001 Erasmus, Desiderius, ǂd -1536. ǂt Works. ǂl Latin ǂs (Amsterdam edition)
4001 Erasmus, Desiderius, ǂd -1536. ǂt Works. ǂl Latin ǂs (Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen)
4001 Erasmus, Desiderius, ǂd -1536. ǂt Opera omnia Desiderii Erasmi Roterodami recognita et adnotatione critica instructa notisque illustrata
4001 ǂw nnea ǂa Erasmus, Desiderius, ǂd d. 1536. ǂt Works. ǂf 1969
642  ordinis 2. t. 4 ǂ5 DLC
643  Amsterdam ǂa New York ǂb North-Holland
644  f ǂ5 UPB
644  n ǂ5 DLC
645  t ǂ5 UPB
646  c ǂ5 DLC
670  Erasmus, Desiderius. Adagiorum Chilias secunda, 1988: ǂb series title page.
670  Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Victoria University in the University of Toronto, via WWW, 17 November 2016 ǂb (Opera omnia Desiderii Erasmi Roterodami is the third edition of Erasmus's complete works, and the first critical edition; also known as "the Amsterdam edition" and cited as ASD. The organization follows Erasmus's own organization into 9 "ordines". ASD will not include a new edition of Erasmus' correspondence (Ordo 3), there being no need to replace P.S. Allen's excellent critical edition: Opus epistolarum Des. Erasmi Roterodami (Oxford: 1906-58))
670  Erasmus, Desiderius. Works. 1969. Ordo 4, tomus 7, 2017: ǂb title page (Opera omnia Desiderii Erasmi Roterodami) title page verso (sous le patronage de l'Union académique internationale et de l'Académie royale néerlandaise des sciences et des sciences humaines)
670  Erasmus Center for Early Modern Studies website, viewed December 7, 2016 ǂb (The Erasmus Collection is an indispensable resource for the edition of Erasmus's Opera Omnia which is being published by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)) ǂu

  1.  Shouldn’t the publication year in the 050 field be recorded in a subfield $b?
  2.  I typically see series format information in the 380 field. For this record, the fields were changed to 381. Is this a new practice?

Thanks in advance,
Morris Levy

[The Ohio State University]
Morris S. Levy, MS(LIS), MA
Head of Bibliographic Initiatives
Assistant Professor
The Ohio State University Libraries
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