Combining/Separating (Please Fix This Book!) Request Thread #76


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Combining/Separating (Please Fix This Book!) Request Thread #76

Mrz. 15, 2017, 11:37pm

THIS THREAD is for LibraryThing Members, and especially for “beginners,” to ask help and learn about combining and separating specific LibraryThing Works.
-- If a book is combined with other, very different books.
-- If a book won’t combine with others just like it.
-- If problems with any Work are overwhelming, or maybe you just don’t have time.


-- Please give Titles, Authors, hyperlinks, and other information that will help.
-- If you post multiple requests at once, please number each group. Examples:

“Please combine:
#1: The Story of the Life of You
#2: The Story of the Life of Everyone Else

-- Ask about sets of Works or Series pages, ask for opinions, or ask for help with specific languages, subjects, etc.; but please be brief.
-- Please do not give Search pages, Author pages, or groups of “possibles,” unless you have a specific question.
-- “Someone will be with you shortly.” Most requests are handled by our fellow LibraryThing Members, not by staff.
-- If you add to a post, please use “ETA:” or “EDIT:” to show what’s new.
-- Please note when a request is “DONE.”


-- If two works have more than 200 records each, LibraryThing staff may need to do the combining. Please post these requests to: .
-- For information and discussion, but not problems, please see the Combiner’s Group Information, FAQ & Discussion Thread: .
-- For the related wiki page, please see: .
-- Please note Tim’s Guidelines for Proper Etiquette for Contacting Members about Book Records at ; if you contact another Member, please use Private Comment.
-- When this thread reaches 200 posts, please do not post here but start a new Thread. Threads under 200 posts load faster and are easier to navigate. Please copy these notes as post #1 of the new thread. Thank you.

Bearbeitet: Mrz. 15, 2017, 11:42pm

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Mrz. 15, 2017, 11:42pm

Please recall SaintSunniva's request at, and consider whether you have insight to offer. Thank you!

Mrz. 15, 2017, 11:49pm

The author of my four-volume set is Anna Catharina Emmerick. But that name is only listed on her author page in combinations with her editor and journaler. Could someone make it be listed by itself, thank you.

My book, with her name as sole author

Her author page which has 23 variations of her name, but should have one more, per above.

Mrz. 16, 2017, 10:20pm

>4 SaintSunniva: Please check it again, and let us know if it's better, worse, or about the same ... Thanks!

Mrz. 19, 2017, 5:43am

Please combine

Mrz. 19, 2017, 8:07am

>6 bonne1978: Seems to have been done.

Mrz. 19, 2017, 9:33pm


>5 jasbro: The author name is now included in the list as it should be. Thank you!

>3 jasbro: Her author page is quite a bit better! Thank you!

Mrz. 23, 2017, 11:59am

Mrz. 25, 2017, 1:09pm

Mrz. 26, 2017, 1:16pm

Please separate the authors "Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland" (RCAHMS) and "Royal Commission on the Future of the Toronto Waterfront."

It appears as though many different independent Royal Commissions were combined into a single one at some point!

Many thanks!

Bearbeitet: Mrz. 26, 2017, 2:19pm

>13 Birlinn: The computer can only differentiate a certain number of characters. 'Royal commission on the' is already too long. They can only be divided, not really separated.

Someone had combined the separate page in, so that the aliasing to 'Scotland, Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments of' was being sent back to the disambiguation page. I've got it sorted now, I think. It was also confusing that there were two splits for the same Commission.

Mrz. 26, 2017, 10:36pm

It's a misfeature of LT that names that are the same up to some number of characters cannot be separated, they can only be divided in the same way that two authors with the exact same name can be divided.

Mrz. 27, 2017, 12:11am

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Mrz. 27, 2017, 2:59am

>16 SaintSunniva: Done, and I found more as well.

Mrz. 27, 2017, 8:31pm

Mrz. 30, 2017, 9:30pm

I just added some audiobooks from YA Sync, a free summer audio book program and one needs combining, please.

The Gathering (Shadow House Book 1)

thanks to your (the groups) guidance last year, I've learned how to combine some of them but can't seem to figure out this one.
(I used to delete the book if the one I added was the only one, and then I'd pick a different edition to Add. I've learned!)

Mrz. 30, 2017, 9:32pm

Mrz. 30, 2017, 9:36pm

>20 raidergirl3:

For future references - there is a new way that makes these very easy. Look at the bottom right menu on a book page. There is a link to add to the workbench (and another to open the workbench). You can add any books to the workbench and then it will allow you to see them on the same page so they can be combined :)

Mrz. 30, 2017, 9:40pm

>22 AnnieMod: thank you. Last year I learned about editions, maybe I'll learn how to use workbench this year. Not being able to combine that set in 20, I think I understand how the workbench will work.

Mrz. 30, 2017, 9:43pm

>23 raidergirl3:

It is self-explanatory when you see it :) Try to add ANY two books to the bench - and see how it looks - just do not press "combine" at the end - you can then remove them from the bench easily. And adding them there do not change the books - it is like a sandbox that belongs only to you and allows to bring books on the same page so they can be combined without having to find editions page or an author page :)

Mrz. 31, 2017, 2:23am

In the "Sword Art Online Progressive" series, both the manga and the novel have the same title...
They're not the same :)

Mrz. 31, 2017, 3:58am

>25 mene: I have separated the one wrong edition I could identify from the novel and combined it into the manga. I also added a canonical title to the manga to make the distinction clear. Please check if it's better like this.

Apr. 3, 2017, 5:37pm

Apr. 3, 2017, 5:55pm

Apr. 4, 2017, 6:22am

Includes Thomas Gates and Tom Gates. Thomas Gates should be separated, and some works should be aliased, but I can't look this up right now. Anyone with more insight?


Bearbeitet: Apr. 4, 2017, 7:20am

>29 leselotte:

are probably the same person, but I can't verify that. Any Quaker combiners who know how how to check this? He seems to use Tom on at least some publications, and LoC says Tom(1) is Thomas J.

I'm not going further with this.

Apr. 4, 2017, 7:30am

>30 MarthaJeanne: Thanks very much! I think it looks good! I did pick up on the fact that the Quaker one uses both Thomas and Tom, but since I stumbled upon this page doing some combining with Liz Pichon's Tom Gates series, I was pretty sure it couldn't stay that way ...

Apr. 7, 2017, 12:21pm

There are almost certainly combinations to be done here, but it will take someone who reads Arabic. I found some original titles in WorldCat, but just too hard for me to deal with

Apr. 8, 2017, 6:16am

Apr. 8, 2017, 11:48am

>34 MarthaJeanne: Thanks so much.

Bearbeitet: Apr. 17, 2017, 2:21am

I separated out my abridged and illustrated copy of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardobe from the unabridged work, but the unabridged work includes lots of copies with the abridged work's ISBN (000675368X). Should those be separated out too?

Abridged and illustrated (by Christian Birmingham):


Apr. 16, 2017, 10:45am

I would say yes. According to the description, 0001857010 is also an abridgement.

Apr. 16, 2017, 5:40pm

>36 Herenya:, >37 MarthaJeanne: I agree, abridgments get separated out, and ISBN is a good way to do that. One exception, I think, is where it's apparent (somehow from context or other information) that the "abridged edition" ISBN is ratty data for a record of the unabridged edition - e.g., the Member's title also says "unabridged." Then I wouldn't separate the record for an apparently unabridged volume to combine it with abridged editions, and yes that leaves the rest of LibraryThings with a quantity of ratty data on records we wish were otherwise accurate. Then again, I'm painfully aware that not all my ISBNs are correct for the books on our shelves ...

Apr. 17, 2017, 2:35am

Okay, thanks! I've separated out the abridged ISBNs and then combined them.

>38 jasbro:: Not all of my books have accurate data, either. I suspect some of these people meant to add the unabridged book, but it's hard to tell for sure...

Apr. 17, 2017, 4:59am

I would imagine it's probably to do with people adding books and being presented with a list of possibilities several hundred long and using the first likely match and not subsequently editing your record. It's a problem with older editions, especially ones that pre-date ISBNs, and I know I have that problem in my library from when I first started cataloguing. (At some point I must revisit my early records and clean them up...)

If there was an easy way to be able to pin-point specific editions from the add book list without adding a massive list of parameters to the search box, then hopefully that would help.

Apr. 18, 2017, 10:59am

I would like to combine The magic of numbers and motion : the scientific career of René Descartes with a reissue of its Italian translation Cartesio. La magia dei numeri e del moto. René Descartes e la scienza del Seicento, but I cannot see how to do it. gives the original version and the first Italian translation, but no Potential work combinations is shown. Where is the catch?

Bearbeitet: Apr. 18, 2017, 11:30am

On the lower right, click on 'add work to workbench'. Once you have done this for both works, it is easy.

You could also do it from the author page.

Apr. 19, 2017, 4:56am

42 > MarthaJeanne


Bearbeitet: Apr. 19, 2017, 9:34pm

EDIT: All done! Thanks!

New one: all of the Dan Gutman "My Weird School Special" books have been combined into one work:
I started to separate them and am hoping someone can assist.
There are multiple books in this series, each tied to a specific holiday, and not to be confused with the author's "My Weird School" or "My Weirder School" series.

Apr. 21, 2017, 4:07pm

Please combine

Apr. 21, 2017, 4:16pm

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Apr. 22, 2017, 9:02pm

I split out the various people named Derek Thompson, but some data got linked to the wrong person.

The notice of the Derek Thompson (d0r0k) who is a library thing author belongs to 5

The picture in 1

also belongs to 5

I have no idea how to change those.

Apr. 22, 2017, 9:14pm

>48 shmjay: I've fixed the picture. To set a picture to the correct division, just click on the picture and click on the division number you want the picture to go to.

Apr. 22, 2017, 11:44pm

>48 shmjay: You have to ask staff to fix the LT author connection. Probably Lorannen.

Apr. 23, 2017, 9:43pm The Norton Anthology of American Literature is a work published in one volume, two volume, and five volume versions, with the five volume versions having much more content than the one volume version. All this has gone through many, many editions and I believe occasionally university-specific editions. Various individual volumes have been combined into the one work, and need separating out. What stopped me in my tracks is that someone else has done this, to some extent, and also separated out various editions, which in theory I don't disagree with, but in practice makes this a work I don't want to touch with a ten foot pole.

(In 2012, dltucker added The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Seventh Edition (1) to this work, so apparently stuff was better split out then.)

Apr. 25, 2017, 10:15pm

LT staff has combined two authors, Javier Zabala ( and Javier Pedro Zabala. But these two authors are two separate individuals. Javier Zabala, who is still alive, is an award-winning illustrator living in Spain and the author most recently of Madrid for Children. Javier Pedro Zabala is a Cuban writer who died in 2002 and who is the author of The Mad Patagonian. When I click on Javier Pedro Zabala's link I can no longer copy the link (it is in grayscale). The link originally read: and now reads:

Here is the link to Javier Pedro Zabala's book The Mad Patagonian:

I am Peter Damian Bellis and I am the publisher of River Boat Books. We are publishing The Mad Patagonian by Javier Pedro Zabala; the official release date is August 24, 2017. I entered The Mad Patagonian in our River Boat Books page on Library Thing.

Please can you separate these two Zabala's. They each deserve their own author's page.

Apr. 25, 2017, 11:25pm

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Apr. 26, 2017, 11:32am

>52 PeterDamianBellis: LT staff has combined two authors

Combining on LT is a collaborative activity and can be done by anyone not just staff.

Apr. 26, 2017, 12:19pm

Please, someone have a look at

It includes these entries:

which should be listed with Bartok and Béla Bartok, respectively. Do you think someone manually changed the author? Recalculating didn't seem to help, and I didn't want to change anything else in case it's a bug.

Apr. 26, 2017, 12:28pm

I took off the canonical name and separated out the author page that had the wrong works in it. Now at where it can be divided and aliased as needed, but I'm out of time.

Apr. 26, 2017, 12:43pm

I finished up with the splitting and aliasing.

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Apr. 26, 2017, 3:14pm

>58 supersidvicious:

You know about the new workbench, right? So you do not need to add them to the series and ask here to be combined but can combine them easily through it?

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>51 prosfilaes: The same holds for The Norton Anthology of English Literature, which *some* of us have begun sorting ... but, yeah, it's a Herculean task, if not Sisyphean ...

Apr. 27, 2017, 9:10am

>56 MarthaJeanne: >57 omargosh: Ah, I missed the canonical name! Thanks to both of you!

Mai 1, 2017, 2:48am

>59 AnnieMod: errr, no. Great feature, thanks!

Mai 1, 2017, 11:32am

This site is read by lots of smart people so I wonder if anyone can answer this question of mine: I would like to determine how many of the over 5000 books I have listed on LibraryThing (everyone of which I have read in full) are listed only by me. I know I could peruse my whole list to see which ones are only listed by me, but that would take a long time and I am wondering if there is an easier way to see how many of the books I list are not listed by any other person.

Bearbeitet: Mai 1, 2017, 11:36am

>63 Schmerguls: On your Home page, click Stats/Memes and then click Vous et nul autre in the left hand column. You can find books only you have, books you share with just one other member or just a few others.

Mai 1, 2017, 12:23pm

>63 Schmerguls: You can also sort by Total members.

Of course both of these methods include any books that others have entered but the books haven't been combined, so your actual total may be less than it appears.

Bearbeitet: Mai 1, 2017, 12:55pm

Thank you so much, Taphophile and MarthaJeanne. This is just what I was hoping for--and I am so glad I did not try a more time-consuming way to find books unique to me or nearly so. There are about 150 books which only I list, and about 115 which only I and one other list. Many of the unique to me books do not surprise me but some do. For instance:

3668. But Look, the Morn The Story of a Childhood, by MacKinlay Kantor (read 24 Dec 2002)

I would not have thought I was the only person to list it since it is not too old (hey, 1947--that's not so long ago) and the author is not obscure

Mai 3, 2017, 6:24pm

These books were written, surely, by at least 3 authors & probably more--?

Mai 3, 2017, 7:02pm

>62 supersidvicious: You are welcome and have fun :) If something is still giving you a hard time, feel free to drop by again of course but the normal ones (cross-author or authorless for example) should be pretty straightforward :)

Mai 3, 2017, 7:39pm

>67 bluepiano: I suspect that the final two are also different, but not as sure as of the ones I sorted.

Mai 5, 2017, 11:35am

Mai 5, 2017, 12:08pm

Thanks so much. :-)

Mai 6, 2017, 11:38am

>73 LolaWalser: Done. But have a look at the recent workbench feature. It makes these very easy.

Mai 6, 2017, 11:42am

>74 MarthaJeanne:

Oh, thanks. Where is that?

Mai 6, 2017, 11:52am

Lower right with recalculate cover, recalculate title/author.

Mai 6, 2017, 12:03pm


Mai 11, 2017, 1:21pm needs a lot of work. I got there by accident, and did a bit, but ability to read German is not really enough. You also need to know the works involved. There seem to be a lot of books republished in collections that are not correctly combined.

Mai 12, 2017, 12:12am

>78 MarthaJeanne: I've done some work on this, including updating series information. I've probably missed a few combinations in languages other than German though.

Mai 13, 2017, 12:18pm

Mai 13, 2017, 12:45pm

>81 Jarandel: Thanks so much :-)

Bearbeitet: Mai 19, 2017, 5:11pm

Doesn't need combining, needs correction to Amazon data, but the current form doesn't work on my iPad. Author is Henss. shows no author, .de (Germany) shows Henns.

In the meantime, I'm combining the author pages.

ETA, It worked on

Mai 28, 2017, 9:40pm

>84 sparemethecensor: I combined two of them; one seems to have found its own way in.

Mai 30, 2017, 6:38pm

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I have a book which should be on this page but isn't:

My book is at:

How can I get my book to be with the other copies thereof? I have never had this happen to me before and do not know why I can't find it with the other copies and can't find my book on the author's page so i could comine it. Will appreciate the help I always find in this group

Jun. 4, 2017, 12:37am

>87 Schmerguls: Your copy is already combined with 15 other copies; the work with 16 copies is fourth from the top on the author page. Either someone else already fixed it, or it just took a little time for the database to catch up.

Jun. 4, 2017, 12:04pm

Thanks, Phaedra. So it is. I don't know why it wasn't when I looked there. I read the book many moons ago and posted it years ago. Sorry to have taken your time

Jun. 6, 2017, 7:08am

I think these are the same book. Can someone combine them? I can't do it, because more than 200 books are involved:

Jun. 6, 2017, 9:01am

Jun. 10, 2017, 11:54am

Does anyone know how to tell whether the two books here are basically the same or whether the 'young reader's edition' is abridged?

(Note that there are variant titles for the adult version.)

Bearbeitet: Jun. 10, 2017, 1:03pm

According to WorldCat, this is the what is different in the young reader's edition:

This edition features new material from Saroo about his childhood, including a new foreword and a Q&A about his experiences and the process of making the film.

So it doesn't look like it's abridged but has additional material. Whether that's enough to make it a different work, I'll let you decide.

Bearbeitet: Jun. 12, 2017, 10:25am

This is the page for Kim Eisler:

But this book by him is not on the page:

Can anyone tell me why it isn't or put it where it should be?

Bearbeitet: Jun. 12, 2017, 10:30am

It's on this page because everyone who entered it used Kim Eisler as the name of the author.

Everyone who entered the books on the other author page used Kim Isaac Eisler.

Jun. 12, 2017, 11:10am

Thanks, MarthaJeanne. But this presents another problem. Since Kim Eisler and Kim Isaac Eisler are one and the same person, shouldn't the pages be combined or cross-indexed or something? If you look at the Kim Eisler page in Amazon it is clear that Kim Eilser and Kim Isaac Eisler is the same person, isn't it?

Bearbeitet: Jun. 12, 2017, 11:22am

If there were books by several Kim Eislers on that page, it would be a case for dividing and aliasing.

In this case, neither LT nor LoC knows of any other author using that name. However Facebook and LinkedIn have a few people with that name. So there is at least the potential for future issues if the two are combined.

Jun. 12, 2017, 11:50am

You are no doubt right but the subject matter of the books I submit make it highly likely that Kim Eisler and Kim Isaac Eisler are one and the same person. Should one ask him? or his publisher?

Jun. 12, 2017, 12:28pm

The author of these books is certainly the same person. The problem comes when another Kim Eisler comes complaining that her new book "Mama Pig and the Three Dancing Piglets" is showing up on an author page that is someone else and not her.

Jun. 12, 2017, 12:57pm

But surely this is a pretty typical case which has an accepted solution? I'm not sure what the hold-up is here. Either combine them or tell Schmerguls how to do it.

Jun. 12, 2017, 1:59pm

>94 Schmerguls:, >95 MarthaJeanne:, >100 jjwilson61: I have "split" Kim Eisler into (one) Author, then aliased that Author into Kim Isaac Eisler. Schmerguls' Work now appears under the requested Author page, while preserving MarthaJeanne's potential to distinguish other "Kim Eislers" from this one. Does that serve our purpose? Thanks.

Jun. 12, 2017, 2:51pm

Why not just combine them? Is there any evidence that there is another author named Kim Eisler cataloged on LibraryThing? The fact that there are people with that name on Facebook and LinkedIn seems totally irrelevant to me.

Jun. 12, 2017, 6:32pm

>102 r.orrison:, I'm OK with that, r.orrison, since it should still be possible to distinguish "Kim Eislers" whenever time a second one appears on LT later on. OTOH, MarthaJeanne got me wondering whether there's another way to accomplish the combination but anticipate possible Author disambiguations to come and, if so, which we would preferred. I certainly don't think we'd offend by combining "Kim Eisler" with "Kim Isaac Eisler" under present circumstances. I'd welcome other thoughts; thanks!

Jun. 17, 2017, 8:25am

I just added a Disambiguation notice to the above page. I don't know how to combine Julia Smith's one book on this page, listed under "unknown", with her other two books at -

I just noticed that the book, "Directory of American Women Composers 1 copy", was moved to "Julia Smith (unknown)". It still needs to be combined with "Julia Smith (1)".

I tried combining the three works so they would be listed separately under "Julia Smith (1)" but it did not work as I expected. Now only one title is listed.

Aaron Copland, his work and contribution to American music 2 copies
Master pianist; the career and teaching of Carl Friedberg 2 copies
Directory of American Women Composers 1 copy

These three titles need to be un-combined, but I don't know how to fix my mistake. Sorry. - Doug Henkle

Jun. 17, 2017, 9:37am

To move books between divisions on the disambiguation page click on the "edit the division" button in the Improve this Author box.

Bearbeitet: Jun. 17, 2017, 9:43am

>104 henkle: I separated Master pianist from Directory and aliased Julia Smith (1) to Julia Frances Smith.

I have no idea what happened to Copland. OK. Found. divided to Julia Smith (1).

Jun. 17, 2017, 4:11pm

Shouldn't the above two pages be merged into one? One has her photo and the other doesn't, and one has "Awards and honors" and "Short biography" links and the other doesn't. Wouldn't a merge combine the best of both?

How can her missing third work, "Aaron Copland, his work and contribution to American music 2 copies" be added back? Neither page above has it.

Bearbeitet: Jun. 17, 2017, 4:25pm

Well, it was there earlier. Aaron Copland, his work. OK I've found it again, and divided it again. But I swear I did not see it a minute ago on the disambiguation page. Same thing earlier. Does anyone understand why it is playing hide and seek?

No you can't combine those two pages. Combinations can only be done to the base page, not to the divisions. The one is aliased to the other. You can copy all of that to the other page if you like.

Jun. 20, 2017, 1:35am

I am trying to alias National Trust (1) to nationaltrustengland.
When I type nationaltrustengland in the 'Aliased to author code' box, what actually gets entered and displayed is zzzmandelernest.
History shows that I entered zzzmandelernest, but that isn't what I typed!

How can I prevent zzzmandelernest automatically overwriting nationaltrustengland?

Looking further back in the history, it looks as if user abbottthomas created a similar alias to the one I am attempting, using author code britainnationaltrust. That alias no longer seems to exist.

Jun. 20, 2017, 2:05am

National trust

What is the author page you want to alias to? Search does not find an author named National Trust England.

I found this :, copied the final bit of it, and it worked fine. To alias you need an existing author page.

Jun. 20, 2017, 9:52am

There was an existing author page. I had created author 'National Trust England Wales and Northern Ireland'with code nationaltrustengland at URL, using book test kleh. I can link to it from test kleh. But for some reason it says it had no works catalogued.
So it looks as though the problem is with my book/authour combination, rather with the aliasing.

Jun. 20, 2017, 10:04am

Your test book is now appearing on the author page - sometimes when you edit a book the author updates on your copy, but not on the work or the author page you'd expect. On the work page, at the bottom of the right column in the Advanced box, there's a link to "Recalculate title/author". That fixed it.

Jun. 20, 2017, 1:58pm

Jun. 23, 2017, 2:53pm

I'm not sure about this one, but judging by the disambiguation notices it looks like someone combined D.E. Stevenson's Mrs. Tim of the Regiment, single book, with Mrs. Tim of the Regiment, omnibus of Mrs. Tim and Golden Days.

Jun. 23, 2017, 3:02pm

>114 amanda4242: It also has both listed in series. To try to sort it out you would have to check the ISBNs.

Bearbeitet: Jun. 24, 2017, 8:56am

>114 amanda4242:, >115 MarthaJeanne: Regrettably, WorldCat doesn't offer much guidance on the specific contents of several editions that are identifiable by ISBN. Given initial publication in the early 1930s, many of the particular records on LibraryThing won't even have an ISBN associated. That being the case, I'm inclined to straighten out, clarify, or disambiguate anything we can (using titles, ISBNs, maybe media where that's apparent from the record), but give deference to LT's natural realignments. We maybe can't get it all - or even mostly - straight, but what's there is clearly wrong. We might at least begin remedying it as best we can. Shall we go for it?

Jun. 24, 2017, 1:28pm

>115 MarthaJeanne:, >116 jasbro: Most of the ISBNs belong to either the 1973 omnibus edition, titled Mrs. Tim Christie, from Holt, Rinehart and Winston or the more recent Bloomsbury edition, Mrs. Tim of the Regiment, which is also an omnibus; I can't find enough information on the other editions with ISBNs to determine which version they are.

I'm willing to separate what I can if there aren't any objections.

Jun. 24, 2017, 4:32pm

I've separated everything I'm sure is an omnibus into Mrs. Tim of the Regiment {Omnibus} and left everything else in Mrs. Tim of the Regiment.

Jun. 25, 2017, 1:20pm

>118 amanda4242: Perfect! Thank you.

Jun. 26, 2017, 5:24pm

>120 Cecrow: Done, along with a few others by the same author.

Bearbeitet: Jun. 28, 2017, 10:21pm

The cover for a book I just posted in my site has a cover at Amazon:

but I don't know how to put that cover on the book I posted:

Can some smart person put the cover on my post?..Thank you

Jun. 28, 2017, 10:54pm

>122 Schmerguls: I'm afraid in this case only you can attach a cover to your book.

That's a user-uploaded cover on Amazon, so LT can't snag it automatically. You have two choices to do it yourself. You can download that image to your computer and then upload it on the "Change cover" page, or you can right-click on the image, choose "Copy image location" and paste that URL into the "Grab from web" box on the Change cover page.

Jun. 29, 2017, 10:02am

Thanks, Phaedra. I tired to put this in :

and was told "We are unable to process that as an image." Obviously, I did something wrong but don't know what.

Jun. 29, 2017, 10:07am

>124 Schmerguls: That URL doesn't point to an image. Here you go:,204,203,...

Just put that in the URL uploader, and it'll be fine.

Jun. 29, 2017, 10:22am

Thanks, Lynda. I put it in and got the same answer: "We are unable to process that as an image"

I know I did something wrong but don't know what.

Jun. 29, 2017, 11:11am

>122 Schmerguls: Being mindful of permitted and fair uses of potentially copyrighted images, another approach might be: on a Windows desktop or laptop, go to a web page that has the cover image you would use; right-click that image and "save image as" (note the location where you save it); go to your LibraryThing record for the Work, and click "Change cover" on the left margin; click "Browse," go to the image that you saved, and then click "Open" and "Upload." Ta-da!

I've managed to use the same process on a smart phone (iPhone) with some of my own scans, but it's less convenient. I expect there's a similar process on an iPad or Mac computer. I'm interested to know whether it works for you.

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When copying an Amazon image URL into the "grab one from the web" box, you often get a better image if you delete everything from the first dot after the last slash to the last dot. I.e. delete the bold bits from,204,203,200_.jpg
to get

(Although in this instance it doesn't look any different. Sometimes it'll get you a bigger, clearer image, without a white border and "see inside" cruft.)

Here's one that gets a little bit bigger and quite a bit clearer when you edit the URL:,480...

Here's one with a border that you can get rid of:

Then make sure you click the Grab button not the Choose File or Upload buttons. Getting the "We are unable to process that as an image" message is a known but apparently not fixable bug.

Jun. 29, 2017, 1:14pm

All right, the url you give shows the cover. But I do not know how to get that cover onto the page of the Work. I don't see a "Grab button'

Obviously I am an idiot.

Jun. 29, 2017, 1:26pm

I have added that book to my catalogue (manual entry to get a clean author), grabbed the image, and combined our copies.

Please edit your cover and then I can delete my copy again.

Jun. 29, 2017, 1:26pm

>129 Schmerguls: There isn't a Grab button. However, right next to the Upload buttons, there is a form field labeled "Or grab one from the web"

You paste the URL of the image (just the image, not the whole page) into that box. You get the URL of the image only by right clicking on the image and choosing Copy Image Location. (You can check that you captured the URL correctly by pasting it into the address bar. The resulting page should show that image and nothing else.)

Please note that the form field has http:// already filled in. So if you paste in a complete URL, double check that the box didn't pick it up as http://http:// before you click the "grab" button, as that would not be a valid URL. Better to blank the box before you paste.

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>129 Schmerguls: But I do not know how to get that cover onto the page of the Work.

From your catalog, click on the cover image and two options should appear, click on "Change cover"; or from the book or work page, click on "Change cover" in the left column. That takes you to a page with, among other things, these controls:

Paste the URL of the image (which should end with ".jpg") into the box below "Or grab one from the web", making sure that http:// isn't duplicated at the beginning. Once it's pasted in there you can use the arrow keys and backspace or delete to edit out the bits I described in >128 r.orrison:. Then click the Grab button.

>131 PhaedraB: There isn't a Grab button. However, right next to the Upload buttons, there is a form field labeled "Or grab one from the web"
And right next to the field labelled "Or grab one from the web" there's a button labelled "Grab"

Jun. 29, 2017, 3:51pm

Thanks, MarthaJeanne. I have selected the cover you posted and put it on my copy of the book. Thank you very much. Now you can delete the book from your site and that will leave me with the only copy of the book. And my page has te correct cover now!

I am sorry to have taken so much time with this but the solution you gave is one within my capacity to use.

Jun. 29, 2017, 4:04pm

>129 Schmerguls:, >130 MarthaJeanne:, >131 PhaedraB:, >132 r.orrison: You folks are good! I've learned all kinds of new things about cover images today ...

Jul. 5, 2017, 4:20am

I'm shown as owning this book. What I own is instead and what shows when I click 'edit' is, though Christopher Brickell is general editor of both. I've not enough caffeine in me yet to correct this so I wonder if someone else could. Cheers.

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Diese Nachricht wurde vom Autor gelöscht.

Jul. 5, 2017, 9:22am

>135 bluepiano: Both of those urls have the same work number, so they are the same work. The first one one has a book number as well which means that some data from the book will display on the work page instead. So if there is a difference it's in your book record which only you can fix.

Jul. 5, 2017, 9:54am

Here's a small rat's nest that came up in the course of my current project. If someone wants to tackle this, I'd appreciate it.

Jul. 5, 2017, 10:46am

>137 jjwilson61: Okay--thanks. The differences between some of the editors & in tables of contents must be down to their being from different editions, then. (And probably I was subconsciously assuming that there'd be more variation between UK & US garden plants than there apparently is.)

Jul. 5, 2017, 11:48am

Please could somebody combine this book
with this author page

Thanks so much. :-)

Jul. 5, 2017, 1:09pm

>140 Ameise1: It seems someone already attributed it to the right author split.

Jul. 5, 2017, 2:53pm

>141 Jarandel: Thanks so much. :-)

Jul. 6, 2017, 12:54pm

Jul. 6, 2017, 1:02pm

>143 jasbro: I would combine them, unless the 2 ISBNs that got separated have significant, different additional content ? But it doesn't look like it.

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>145 Ameise1: I don't think that is right. Worldcat gives a different Dutch for that German title, and there is already a different German title combined in.

Jul. 9, 2017, 10:23am

I'm not brave enough to tackle this, but someone has combined volume 2B of The Science Fiction Hall of Fame with volume 2A part 1:

The SF Hall of Fame stuff is so confusing. I will try to add some work relationships to make bad combinations harder.

Jul. 9, 2017, 10:26am

>146 MarthaJeanne: Thanks so much. I only read the Dutch title in the book. It's also said thaz the author has revised the earlier version.

Jul. 9, 2017, 11:08am

>147 Stevil2001: This may well not be 'someone' but autocombining. The problem is that the difference in titles is so late in the titles. Even leaving off 'the', Science Fiction Hall of Fame is 28 characters. 'The' and/or 'vol' brings it up over 30, so any new addition without an ISBN is likely to end up in a work at random.

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>149 MarthaJeanne: Given that there are two different series entries on that work, I'd bet they existed as separate works at some point in the past.

Jul. 9, 2017, 11:35am

Jul. 9, 2017, 12:32pm

>150 r.orrison: Yeah, they were definitely separate several years ago.

Jul. 9, 2017, 2:24pm

>151 Ameise1:
The book correctly appears on the pages for Claudia Beinert and Nadja Beinert. You should edit the author on your copy to show one of them in the author field and the other in the other authors field.

Jul. 9, 2017, 2:39pm

>153 r.orrison: Thanks so much.

Jul. 10, 2017, 5:33am

Can anyone figure out why this version of A World Out of Time

has been separated out from the rest ?

I can't see any basis for it. The disambiguation notice on the larger group is meaningless, since it refers to serialization in a magazine. There are also still some editions with the ISBN on the separated version in the main work. To the best of my knowledge, there are zero differences between the 1977 Del Rey publication and any other edition. This is also a case of "too much love", so recombining them will take some more effort than usual.

Jul. 10, 2017, 10:21am

Jul. 10, 2017, 10:42am

>155 DemetriosX: The separation was done yesterday, by a member that just joined yesterday, and who has no books cataloged. Drive-by vandalism?

Jul. 10, 2017, 12:00pm

>155 DemetriosX:, >158 r.orrison: Just paint over it.

Jul. 10, 2017, 1:46pm

>158 r.orrison: I'll be charitable and assume it was ignorance. Anyway, it seems to be fixed now. I only noticed, because the larger block popped up in my automatic suggestions and I thought, "Wait. I own this book."

Jul. 11, 2017, 10:26am

Please combine: (German edition, translator instead of author)


Jul. 11, 2017, 10:37am

>161 hnau: I think this is done, but the clock is still turning.

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The book I read, Strangers and Brothers, by C. P. Snow, should, I think, be at this site:

but instead shows up at this site:

In other words the book I read was not Volume one of Strangers and Brothers but was the entire book. Is there a way to get it where it belongs and if so can someone do it for me since I doubt I can

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>163 Schmerguls: Your book isn't distinctively titled enough for us to know which one it is that needs separating in the pile of editions. Your copy also has ISBN 0684183749 which is used by many of the books rightly or wrongly combined within this work.

Bearbeitet: Jul. 16, 2017, 1:41pm

According to Worldcat, that ISBN belongs to the omnibus edition.

So, you first need to delete that from your entry. Then add something to your title to differentiate it from the other copies. After that it would be possible to separate it from the omnibus work and move it to the single novel work.

Jul. 16, 2017, 5:49pm

Thanks, Jarandel and MarthaJeane. I of course, don't own the book but my listing on LibraryThing is of all the books I have read. I read Strangers ad Brothers on 2 Dec 1984, it being the first book of the 11 C. P. Snow books I read. The others, in order, were:

1889. The Conscience of the Rich, by C. P. Snow (read 6 Dec 1984)
1890. Time of Hope, by C. P. Snow (read 8 Dec 1984)
1891. The Light and the Dark, by C. P. Snow (read 15 Dec 1984)
1892. The Masters, by C. P. Snow (read 17 Dec 1984)(James Tait Black Memorial fiction prize for 1954)
1893. The New Men, by C. P. Snow (read 20 Dec 1984)(James Tait Black Memorial fiction prize for 1954)
1894. Homecoming, by C. P. Snow (read 22 Dec 1984)
1895. The Affair, by C. P. Snow (read 24 Dec 1984)
1896. Corridors of Power, by C. P. Snow (read 27 Dec 1984)
1897. The Sleep of Reason, by C. P. Snow (read 30 Dec 1984)
1898. Last Things, by C. P. Snow (read 4 Jan 1985)

I kind of hate to delete the book because it takes the book out of the sequence in which it was entered--the order in which I read the book. I wouldn't know how to distinguish the book to make it clear that it is the entire work called Strangers and Brothers. I just know that it was not volume I of that book, which apparently was also published in two volumes I of course don't know the the ISBN number of the book I read. My note only shows it was 309 pages and published by Charles Scribner's Sons. Seems odd it would, being only 309 pages, be also published in 2 volumes.

Bearbeitet: Jul. 16, 2017, 6:02pm

You don't need to delete the entry. You need to delete the ISBN from the entry. You can leave the ISBN field empty.

For the title, a suggest adding something like (novel). But even a * or something so that it shows up by itself in the list of editions and we can recognize it in the list would really be enough.

If you don't change your entry it can't be moved. I think it is probably one of the 19 copies in the top edition. I see no sign that that novel was published in 2 volumes. I do see that the omnibus of the whole series was published in 3 volumes. The work it is currently in is volume 1 of the series, containing 4 novels.

Jul. 17, 2017, 10:45am

OK, thanks, MarthaJeanne. I put an asterisk on my copy of Strangers and Brothers and then found it on the page for the book in which it was and separated it. Then I went to combine the separated book with the books it is supposed to be with but could not find the separated book on C.P. Snow's page. Maybe it takes awhile to get there?

Bearbeitet: Jul. 17, 2017, 11:13am

I've combined it now.

Jul. 17, 2017, 11:36am

Thank you much.

Jul. 19, 2017, 3:47am

A bit of help needed...
I created a new account for my movies, and input some films yesterday.
The question concerns Avengers: Age of Ultron.

I've tried to find a way to combine my item to other Age of Ultrons but can't find my movie on Joss Whedon's combine page. I've thousands of books on my book account and have combined my fair share of works but I'm at my wits' end with this movie :(
Your advice would be greatly appreciated!

Bearbeitet: Jul. 19, 2017, 4:00am

>171 TalvitarMovies: Done.

It seems you didn't have an author (or in this case the director) when adding the item, so it wouldn't appear on the Joss Whedon page at first.

You apparently added him later but probably didn't hit the "recalculate" link toward the bottom right of the book page then to make LT take it into account (though just letting it rest a few hours would usually do the trick too).

Jul. 19, 2017, 4:22am

Thanks a lot! I hope I'll do better with the rest of my movies. There's, like, a few hundred more to go... practice makes perfect...right?! :D

Jul. 21, 2017, 11:00am

>175 Ameise1: Done. Have a look at the (fairly new) workbench function at the lower right of work pages. It makes combining between languages much easier.

Jul. 22, 2017, 10:13am

>176 MarthaJeanne: Thanks so much. I'll give it a try next time.

Jul. 22, 2017, 11:55am

I am struggling with the disambiguation needed when different long-named authors share the same author name-string.
In English, correctly, the author name-string is "thepressandinformati" for "The Press and Information ..." , "thepressandinformati-2" for "Press and Information Office of the Federal German Government" and "thepressandinformati-3" for "Press and Information Office of Land Berlin"

I am trying to set up the equivalents for their official German names.

In German, the author name-string is "presseundinformation", which should be "Presse- und Information...", but is actually displaying as "Presse- und Informationsdienst der Bundesregierung".
"presseundinformation-1" is correctly "Presse- und Informationsdienst der Bundesregierung"
"presseundinformation-2" is correctly "Presse-Und-Informationsamt des Landes Berlin".

How do I change the base "presseundinformation" to "Presse- und Information..."?

And then how do I combine "thepressandinformati-2" with "presseundinformation-1" and combine "thepressandinformati-3" with "presseundinformation-2"?

Jul. 22, 2017, 12:56pm

You can't combine the separated authors. You could combine the disambiguation pages.

You can add a canonical name on the separated author pages. The disambiguation page will continue to have the computer's best guess of the actual name.

Please add links so people can see the pages you are talking about.

Jul. 22, 2017, 1:23pm

I'm not sure what to do now.
Went to director Marc Webb's "combine" page to combine my Amazing Spider-Man 2.
No problem there, but in doing my thing I happened to notice that 500 days of summer and the first Amazing spider-man movies are combined. Can't imagine how that could've happened.
I've never separated anything - I'm weirdly spooked about that, afraid I'll break something! - so what to do? Just click 'separate' on every amazing spider-man item (they're listed under 500 days of summer)?

Jul. 22, 2017, 2:14pm

>180 TalvitarMovies: It seems someone did it, they're separated now.

Jul. 22, 2017, 2:24pm

>180 TalvitarMovies: I've separated and combined everything correctly.

To separate, click separate on every single one and then combine all those separated editions with the correct work. It looks scarier than it is and I've found that separation errors are much easier to fix than combination errors.

Jul. 22, 2017, 3:06pm

>179 MarthaJeanne: See, where "Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung" is completely wrong, and should read instead as "Presse- und Information..." which would be valid for both divisions.

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>183 kleh: I think the only way to avoid that would be to temporarily save the author as unsplit, stick a "Presse- und Information..." canonical name on it, then re-activate the split.

Bearbeitet: Jul. 22, 2017, 4:38pm

>184 Jarandel: Yes, that worked, many thanks.
Though it's now showing the canonical name I entered as being a "combination issue" in stranded Common Knowlege. Is it possible to fix that somehow? Can I just delete the stranded data without destroying the rest of my change?

Jul. 22, 2017, 6:51pm

>185 kleh: Yes. Just click on the "combination issue" link and copy and paste CK info as necessary. If you leave anything in the first CK it'll still show a "combination issue" so blank out the fields when you move the data.

Jul. 22, 2017, 8:11pm

I have successfully combined

The problem is that the author has changed to Kodak when all references of this work are listed under the real Author: Eaton, George T.

For example on the wikipedia article on Conservation and Restoration of Photographs

(On the Further Reading section)

Bearbeitet: Jul. 22, 2017, 8:27pm

>186 PhaedraB: No! Blanking the old data didn't work! It changed the canonical name back, and undid all my effort!
Presumably because there is no canonical name in the current CK.

Jul. 22, 2017, 8:59pm

>188 kleh: Hmmm, without having seen the pages, I can't say I know what's going on.

Jul. 22, 2017, 9:28pm

>188 kleh: Did you copy the data over before you blanked the old data?

Bearbeitet: Jul. 22, 2017, 11:16pm

>190 jjwilson61: There was nowhere to copy it to, because canonical name does not exist as part of this CK.
See as an example.

That's why I asked if it was really safe to delete that stranded data.

Bearbeitet: Jul. 23, 2017, 1:26am

>187 Delfi_r: I have made Eaton a main author at the work level. You could change that around and make Eaton primary and Kodak main, but it's fussy to do. You could also argue with Amazon and get them to change the listing so that future entries might be better, but bad author listings are typical there for used books.

At the moment, the entries are fairly evenly divided between Kodak, George Eaton and George T Eaton.

Bearbeitet: Jul. 24, 2017, 6:23pm

>191 kleh: If I'm following the discussion here, we currently have two disambiguated Authors, (a) Press and Information ..., and (b) Presse- und Information..., which may in fact be as many as eight distinct "Press and Information" offices. I'm gonna ramble a bit, and ask your indulgence/forgiveness if I get either too basic or too mired in weeds ...

LibraryThing is subject to the logical limits of its applicable coding technology, and can't distinguish between similar Author names that appear the same up to 20 characters. (I think it's 20 anyway.) It's as if a bunch of different Authors were all named "John Smith." The Author Division pages let us distinguish among these similar-named Authors as (1), (2), etc., and then assign all the Works that have confusingly similar Author names to their respective, distinguished Authors as applicable. (As a further step, we can also "alias" all of one or another Author division to a different, existing Author; for example, the distinct Author "John Smith (13)" is aliased into "John William Smith" - which gets its own further disambiguation!)

In case (a) here, the overall disambiguation page currently shows divisions and allocates Works among three distinct Authors having the same or similar name, "Press and Information ... ":

(Similarly, the overall disambiguation page for (b) currently shows divisions and allocates Works among five distinct Authors having as the same or similar name, "Presse- und Information... ." I won't detail those five here, but it's the same idea.)

For case (a), that leaves FOUR distinct, similarly named Authors: (1), (2) and (3), as listed above, plus the original (disambiguation). Because none of (1), (2) and (3) yet have Canonical Names in their respective Common Knowledge, LibraryThing has calculated "Press and Information ... (1)" to be Republic of Cyprus the Press and Information Office from the Works assigned to (1). Likewise, "Press and Information ... (2)" is calculated as Press and Information Office of the Federal German Government; and "Press and Information ... (3)" is Press and Information Office of Land Berlin. So far, these look OK.

The Combination Issue arises, however, with the common, original Author page, "(disambiguation)" at, because LibraryThing no longer knows where to put the Canonical Name, "Press and Information ... ." (In case (b), the original page also had now-stray Common Knowledge "n/a" for Gender, which I changed to "(make blank).") Regardless of whether we provide Common Knowledge for the distinct Authors (1), (2) and (3), we still need to tell LibraryThing what to do with the stray CK that is the old Canonical Name.

If the Canonical Name, or any other CK, should be copied to (1), (2) or (3) instead of being deleted, now's the time to do it. This is especially helpful (hypothetically) where CK unique to one "John Smith" was entered before we disambiguated the generic "John Smith" into "John Smith (1)" through "John Smith (54)." Since there's nowhere to copy this old CK for the original "Press and Information ...," I think you're right to delete it on the Combination Issue page, re-saving that field as being blank.

Does any of this dissertation help at all, or have I just muddled the water and stirred up its soupiness? Please let us know if other questions, and how else we can help. And thanks for your interest and assistance!

Bearbeitet: Jul. 24, 2017, 11:58pm

>193 jasbro: The problem was that unless you hack the "Press and Information..." in by setting a canonical name before splitting, all the divisions appear to have whatever the default name for the first division is, which can be more specific than you'd want.

So you'd have divisions that look like this :
(1) Press and Information of X : Press and Information of X
(2) Press and Information of X : Press and information of Y
(3) Press and Information of X : Press and Information of Z

Jul. 24, 2017, 7:03pm

>193 jasbro: Many thanks, that's superbly explained.

I'm with you all the way to the paragraph:

"If the Canonical Name, or any other CK, should be copied to (1), (2) or (3) instead of being deleted, now's the time to do it. This is especially helpful (hypothetically) where CK unique to one "John Smith" was entered before we disambiguated the generic "John Smith" into "John Smith (1)" through "John Smith (54)." Since there's nowhere to copy this old CK for the original "Press and Information ...," I think you're right to delete it on the Combination Issue page, re-saving that field as being blank. "

The Canonical Name can't be copied to (1), (2) or (3), because all four need to be different.
And if the Canonical Name is blanked, then the name displayed for the base author name-string immediately changes, to one that is incorrect
I think it must be automatically recalculated from (1), (2) and (3).

I have come to the conclusion that the least worst solution is to leave the combination issue unfixed.

Bearbeitet: Jul. 24, 2017, 7:06pm

>194 Jarandel: Your last post crossed with mine. Yes, that's exactly what's happening.

Jul. 24, 2017, 7:13pm

>193 jasbro: LibraryThing is subject to the logical limits of its applicable coding technology

There are many ways this could have been handled without those limitations. It's not a logical limit; it's an arbitrary limit designed by humans to make things a little bit faster and easier (for the programmers).

Jul. 24, 2017, 7:31pm

>197 prosfilaes: I know. I'm a programmer!

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>195 kleh: Got it ... I think. So part of the "problem" may be that "Press and Information Office ..." is NOT so much like "John Smith," but rather more like "John Smith," "John Jones," "John Johnson," and "John Brown." In that case, is it better to change the Primary Author on each linked Work, to add "... of Land Berlin," "... of the Federal German Government," or "Republic of Cyprus ..." as applicable? If we do that, it seems none of the Works should link to the "(disambiguation)" page, which effectively dismantles and abandons it until somebody else uses it again for another Author.

>197 prosfilaes: Thanks for your clarification. That statement was incidental to my "thinking out-loud" as I typed, and I probably should've deleted it. I only meant there are practical limits to the logic that LT applies on this point, just as such limits are inherent to any coding application. Since I'm a Member-user, and not a programmer, whether any particular limit is by choice or necessity seems immaterial to me. I'm just glad to understand what some of them (and their trade-offs) are, and to use LT in that context and framework.

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This member has been suspended from the site.

Bearbeitet: Jul. 25, 2017, 5:24pm

>200 Collectorator: Ah, good to have confirmation of my conclusion that you just have to live with the combination issues message.

I have added disambiguation notices copied from Omar's.

I don't think I would ever have worked out that you need to click on another language first, in order to be able to edit the English CK!

Many thanks to all who have helped with this.

Jul. 25, 2017, 10:34pm

With that, this thread is CLOSED. Please continue our discussions at Combining/Separating (Please Fix This Book!) Request Thread #77 -- Thank you!

Bearbeitet: Mai 11, 7:04pm

I was working on the author Omar Ali-Shah and a long list of nevers. Apparently I combined rather than nevered one item: Omar Ali-Shah with one of the 26 sub-author of Edward FitzGerald (1809–1883), the sub-author is "translator Edward Fitzgerald."

How do I fix this? Don't find the works on the main author page at all, nor listed under any author on the "examine 26 names" page.

Thank you!

Ops, wrong time loop, will post in 2021.
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