Help Me Date a Book!
September 27, 2008 6:44 PM Subscribe
How might one go about deducing the age of a book with no publication date printed inside of it?
posted by CheeseburgerBrown to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Antique books acquired at auction; estimated origin late 19th to early 20th century; most of them are Googlable but some are not. My wife suggests that the inclusion of the occasional colour illustration (on different paper) might help gauge the age. At what point did relatively inexpensive books have access to sufficiently cheap technology to achieve this? Any other practices that might help mark a decade for us? Help me, publishing historians, you're my only hope.