STCV. Bibliography of the Hand Press Book

Jump to: navigation, search



The STCV fingerprint follows the rules of the STCN. The fingerprint is a tool to identify and distinguish editions. For this purpose, a formula is created following fixed rules. It contains the following sections:

General rules

  1. For multi-volume works, a separate fingerprint is taken for each volume.
  2. The fingerprint is based on the ideal copy of the book. Any binding or imposition mistakes are ignored and silently corrected. Should the correct binding structure of the ideal copy be unclear, multiple fingerprints may be added.
  3. The fingerprint has a fixed punctuation between the different parts. To increase the searchability in Brocade, the fixed punctuation of the STCN fingerprint is supplemented with a '#' between the different parts.
    • The year-and-format-code is followed by 'space hyphen space # space'
    • The group(s) of prelims, body matter and end matter are always separated by 'space hyphen space # space'
    • The first and second position within one group are always separated by 'space colon space # space'
    • At the end of the fingerprint (after the last position) nothing further is added
Example 167808 - # a1 *2 ai : # a2 *5 oei - # b1 A1 amaai : # b2 D5 tisniewaar

Year and Format

The year is given in the way it is presented in the imprint on the title page.

  • Years are always transcribed to Arabic numerals. Example: M.DC.Lij becomes '1652'; αζζα becomes '1661'.
  • Years in other calendars are not converted to the Christian calendar. Example: 'An 7' becomes '0007'.
  • Misprints or other mistakes are not corrected. Example: 1693 incorrectly composed as '1963' remains '1963'. Exception: if the year is defective (e.g. '16.9', '0000' is noted.
  • If there is no explicit year of publication mentioned in the imprint on the title page, '0000' is noted. Since single-sheet prints have no title page, their year-format code will always start with '0000'.
  • Years in spurious (copy-) imprints are retained. Years from colophons etc are not retained.
  • Misprints or other mistakes in Roman numbers resulting in a non-existent number (e.g. M.D.Mij) are replaced by '0000'.
  • In the case of misprints or other mistakes in the year, when it is clear from other copies that they were corrected on the press, two fingerprints are taken.

The format is given as 02, 04, 08, 12 etc.; oblong is not indicated. If the format cannot be defined with certainty, it is given as '00'. For single-sheet prints, it is therefore possible to have a year-format code reading '000000'.


The indicators are named as follows:

First position Last position
Prelims a1 a2
Body matter b1 b2
End matter c1 c2

Any subdivisions within a work, expressed by a new beginning of the signatures, are named separately in the fingerprint. The relevant indicators then receive a serial number (e.g. 1b1, 1b2, 2b1, 2b2). These serials numbers are given independently for the prelims, body matter and end matter indicators.

Positions that are not present, are not displayed. If only one position can be taken within a work, meaning that first and last position coincide, this is then given as 'a1=a2', 'b1=b2', etc. There are no spaces between the the indicators and the equality sign. For single-sheet prints, only one position can be recorded and it will therefore always be 'b1=b2'.

At the transition between prelims and body matter, it could happen that one gathering contains multiple signatures. If in such a case the transition between the two different signatures coincides with a clear content division between prelims and body matter, the prelims are considered a separate bibliographical entity and they are therefore represented in the fingerprint by the indicators 'a1' and 'a2'.

Example: gathering in 8 leaves signed as follows:

[*1] *2 *3 A4 A5 [A6] [A7] [A8]
quire structure: */A8 B-D8

fingerprint: # a1 *2 A : # a2 *3 en - # b1 A4 zo : # b2 D5 voort

However, if there is no clear content division at the transition between the two different signatures, the first (divergent) signature is considered an irregularity and the fingerprint only contains the indicators for the body matter 'b1' and 'b2'.

Example: gathering in 8 leaves signed as follows:

[*1] *2 *3 A4 A5 [*6] [*7] [*8]
[*1] *2 *3 *4 A1 [*6] [*7] [*8]
quire structure: A-D8

fingerprint: # b1 *2 A : # b2 D5 voort

In both cases, the actual situation is explained in the cataloguing remarks.


How to reproduce and choose signatures for each part of the publication, what to do with multi-volume works, unsigned publications and unusable signatures.

Main article: Signatures for the Fingerprint

Text above the signature

What exactly is meant by the 'text above the signature'? What to do with ornate capital letters, ligatures, small caps, other alphabets and punctuation marks and spaces?

Main article: Text above the signature

Inputting the Fingerprint in Brocade

Details for STCV cataloguers on how to enter bibliographical fingerprints in Brocade, specifically the fields: number, type and source indication.

Main article: Inputting the Fingerprint in Brocade