Wednesday, October 30, 2013

An important note about the apostrophe (Artist's Books Series X)

Where oh where does the apostrophe go!?!?!?!?
a·pos·tro·phe 1 (-pstr-f)n. The superscript sign ( ' ) used to indicate the omission of a letter or letters from a word, the possessive case, or the plurals of numbers, letters, and abbreviations.
So, is it "Artists' Books" or "Artist's Books" or "Artists Books" or something else entirely.
Well, Wikipedia's heading is "Artist's Books" but then in the first line, they use "Artists' Books" (equal opportunity perhaps?). Printed Matter, Inc. uses "Artists' Books" while the now gone Bookwarks also used "Artists' Books".
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago uses "Artists' Books," as in their Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection
The Library of Congress subject heading is: Artist's Books:
Artist's BooksHere are entered books that are produced by artists and intended as visual art objects, and general works about such books. Works on such books produced in a particular place are entered under this heading with local subdivision. Works on books illustrated with original prints by well known artists and published in limited editions are entered under [Artists' illustrated books.] Works on existing books whose pages have been altered by paint, collage, or other media are entered under [Altered books.] Works on custom bindings of books, irrespective of contents, are entered under [Fine bindings.]
I myself find my mind in the same place as Wikipedia and using both of the apostrophe options, but for the purposes of these posts, have settled on the LC style, "Artist's Books" (except when I slip up!).

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