Publication, Distribution, Etc.:


For works prior to the nineteenth century, the terminology Prepared for ... may be interpreted as indicating the publisher. For these works, the terminology sold by... is usually regarded as a statement of publication, not distribution.

U.S. Govt. Print. Off.:

The U.S. Govt. Print. Off. may fulfill a variety of functions in the production of a work. It may be publisher, distributor, or printer, or any combination of these functions. Therefore, to increase the consistency of cataloging, the following practice is followed:

if the work has: Washington, D.C. : U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1984, or if similar terminology is present, GPO is considered the publisher;

if the work has: For sale by Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off., or a similar statement, and another agency is given as publisher, publisher/author, or appears at head of title, GPO is interpreted as distributor;

if GPO is clearly acting only as a printer or appears only as a printing code, it is not included in the publication, distribution, etc. area unless there is no publisher or publisher/author present, then GPO is considered the publisher.

Abbreviations of Publisher, Distributor, Etc.:

Terms specified for abbreviation may be abbreviated, (12) at the discretion of the cataloger. Example: