Collective edition

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In the book industry, a collective edition is a joint publication of several (literary) works that were initially published independently. Most of them are works by one author, such as the volumes of a novel cycle . A well-known example would be the one-volume paperback edition of JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Sometimes more or less thematically related works by different authors are compiled in a collective edition, which is then advertised with “Three novels in one volume” or similar. Such forms of publication are relatively common in genre literature such as science fiction .

From the anthology , the collected edition differs in that in the anthology a publisher several, mostly short texts by various authors from the viewpoint of thematic or other relationship selects, composes and arranges, with the individual texts are also often provided with an introduction.

A selective compilation of texts by an author is called a selection of works and represents a special form of the work edition in contrast to the complete edition of the works of an author.

In the Anglo-Saxon region, such issues are usually referred to as omnibus .

A special form of the anthology is the tête-bêche or dos-à-dos , in which two works are tied back to back. In this way, books were created with two “front” covers : what would normally be the back cover of one work became the front cover of the other work by turning it through 180 °. A well-known example of such editions are the Ace Doubles published by the American publisher Ace Books between 1952 and 1973 , in each of which two novels by different authors were tête-bêche bound together.

The collective edition is to be distinguished from the collection , a compilation of mostly shorter, previously generally not independently published texts by an author, as well as the anthology , a compilation of originally unrelated publishing works, printed matter, documents or manuscripts bound together by the bookbinder in one volume.


Individual evidence

  1. John Clute , Peter Nicholls : In: (dies.): The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction . 3rd edition (online edition), version dated November 28, 2014.