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Subject: Facsimile reprint

Facsimile reprint

From: Karen Mokrzycki <sues>
Date: Thursday, April 1, 1993
Recently we placed an order for a book from Kessinger Publishing in
Kila, MT for a title listed in Books in Print.  This volume was to be a
replacement for the brittle (1897, published by Macmillan) volume we had
in hand.  A member of our staff phoned Kessinger and was told that the
volume was on acid-free paper, and that it was a "facsimile" reprint.
The cost was a major factor in determining that we would not
preservation photocopy the volume we had in hand.

I inspected the volume upon receipt, and noted that the facsimile lacked
the original frontispiece illustration and that the original title page
and verso had been replaced by a new one indicating a 1992 copyright
date and a copyright restriction notice "all rights reserved..." for
Kessinger as the publisher.  I called to indicate that they had
mis-represented the product in describing it as a facsimile, and that
in fact the quality of reproduction of both text and illustrations was

    **** Moderator's comments:   I'd love to know the rationale for
    their claim to copyright in a facsimile.  Anyone have any guesses?

Has anyone else had a similar experience with Kessinger or any other
reprint publisher?  Are there others that we need to be wary of?


Karen Mokrzycki
University of California, Santa Cruz
Karen Mokrzycki

                  Conservation DistList Instance 6:53
                 Distributed: Saturday, April 10, 1993
                        Message Id: cdl-6-53-012
Received on Thursday, 1 April, 1993

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