Separated pamphlets in Saint-Sulpice

One of the issues that has arisen in cataloging the Saint-Sulpice Collection ser. 2 volumes is dealing with pamphlets which were separated and bound in several different volumes.  As a vast majority of the pamphlets in Saint-Sulpice Collection ser. 2 are funeral sermons, elegies, and biographies they are organized, more-or-less, alphabetically by the last name of the person who is the subject of the pamphlet.  We have discovered a few pamphlets that include biographies of several individuals that were separated and bound in their respective alphabetical places within the volumes of ser. 2.  The first of these that I have worked with is a circular letter from the sisters of the Monastere Visitation Sainte Marie of Paris and Nancy listing the sisters who died in 1731 and including a short biography of each of their lives.  So far we have found three different sections of the pamphlet bound in three different volumes: p. 1-4 (ser. 2 v. 15 no. 24), p. 5-12  (ser. 2 v. 39 no. 25 ), and p. 13-32 (ser. 2 v. 7 no. 9).  It seems as if these three sections make up the entire pamphlet, but it is possible that another section falling after p. 32 exists and may be bound in yet another volume.

Another pamphlet that is bound in three volumes is M. Vicq-d’Azyr‘s Suite des éloges lus dans les séances publiques de la Société royale de médecine (sixième cahier).  Pages 41-65 are bound in ser. 2 v. 29 no. 7; pages 65-110 are bound in ser. 2. v. 49 no. 4; and pages 147-165 are bound in ser.2 v. 24 no. 18.  Since there are records in OCLC for the full pamphlet we know that the extent of the pamphlet is 165 pages.  It is possible that we will find the remainder of the missing sections as we continue to catalog the ser. 2 volumes.

The difficulty in dealing with the separated pamphlets lies in the notes that must be added to our catalog entries.  As we discover pieces of separated pamphlets it is important for us to edit the records that have already been made to reflect that we do have more of the pamphlet in question and where it is bound.  As you can imagine it is a bit bothersome to have created a new record for a specific portion of a pamphlet (not knowing that other sections exist in other volumes) only to discover some of the missing pages in another volume and have to go back and make changes to several fields to reflect the discovery.  However, as bothersome as it can be to make changes to several records in such instances, it is exciting to piece together the parts of a separated pamphlet (through catalog records, not physically) to show the intricacies that come in a bound-with collection such as Saint-Sulpice.

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