I would like advice from anyone who works with books in terms of their physical material, printing history, and so on, rather than textual content.
I have been cataloguing the book collection of a local synagogue, which includes many Hebrew religious books printed in Eastern Europe in the mid to late 1800s. However there are also photo-offset (I think that is the term?) reprints in the collection, often with just the original date. I often don't know how to tell a reprint from an original printing.
This is among the questions that have arisen. I can read these books and I generally know something about their authors and textual histories, but these concrete physical aspects elude me. If you have relevant expertise please contact me.
Justin Jaron Lewis
Department of Religion, University of Manitoba