I've wondered the same thing myself. I did notice that the markings
were on books that had multiple printings, although many, if not all.
of the books that these appear on were first printings. I'm not even
sure what the letter designations mean. I do know that the letter D
stood for double on those books that were "double size", I don't know
what the R, S, T, and K just before the catalog numbers mean.
On Jan 25, 2010, at 10:36 AM, Duane Spurlock wrote:
> "David Rachels" RachelsDA@comcast.net rachelsda wrote:
> A random question, prompted by Jeff's awesome list: Does anyone know
> what the symbols on the spines of some GM paperbacks mean? (They are
> near the top, underneath the catalog number.) Looking at the shelf
> in front of me, for example, I see a red heart on #380, a black X on
> #409, a black box on #448, a black hourglass on #522, a black circle
> on #500, a green club on #224, etc. etc., but the majority of them do
> not have these markings.
> Idle wondering here: might be connected to identifying a
> reprinting, or perhaps a distribution method or locality?
> - Duane
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