from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The number which, when appended to the initial letter of an author's name, is used throughout a library catalogue to represent that name for example, F54 for John Fiske, F87 lor E. A. Freeman, etc.
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Books by authors of the same name will often fall into the same class, and to each of these a different author-number must be given.
Different books by the same author are distinguished from one another by adding other figures to the author-number, or by adding to the author-numbers the first letter of the title of each book.
Every book in the library, as soon as it has been classified, and has received its proper author-number, should be entered in a list in the order first of its class-number, next of its author-number.
This result is best secured by adding to the class-mark of every book another mark, called an author-number or book-number or book-mark, made up of the first letter of the author's name and certain figures.
It includes usually only the class - and author-number, author's name, brief title, and accession number.