In spite of its subtitle, Heading and Canons is not so much a selfcontained treatise as a new instalment in the author's continuous exposition of his thought about cataloguing. Its main purpose is to examine, in the light of certain general principles, the rules for headings of author and title entries given in Cutter's Rules for a dictionary catalogue, the Prussian Instructions, the Vatican Rules, the ALA cataloging rules, and Ranganathan's own Classified catalogue code. But it incorporates also a fresh statement of the canons of cataloguing, first enumerated in his Theory of library catalogue 1938 a general discussion of cataloguing terminology a summary of a pioneer study undertaken for UNESCO of Indian and other Asian names and a demandwhich will have the heartfelt sympathy of all cataloguersfor the standardization of the information given on titlepages. Each sectionand particularly the ingenious and suggestive treatment of the problem of Asian nameswould justify a separate review. The book will be considered here as a contribution to the current reexamination of cataloguing rules.
Journal of Documentation – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jan 1, 1956