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Descriptive Cataloging
ISBN in Soviet Publications (020)

Before 1988, Soviet imprints had no ISBN's.

  • Sometimes in books from the former Soviet Union, there is a statement attached to an ISBN.

    This shows that the ISBN belongs to the second factory producing this book and is not an edition statement. After the fall of communism, paper became short of supply and many times it took multiple factories to produce a single print run of a book.

  • When both 10-digit and 13-digit ISBNs are given for a title: LC practice is to include both ISBN-13s and ISBN-10s and to put the ISBN-13 first.
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