GGM Database Nomenclature Guide




The Gabriel García Márquez Bibliographer’s Collection is published here in the form of an annotated bibliography. It is a comprehensive database (FileMaker) that will allow visitors to search, sort, and select from over 7,000 items (citations) by and about GGM. Items such as books, magazines and ephemera are cross-referenced within 19 categories such as film, criticism, journalism, speeches, interviews, books in English, piracy editions, and etc. There are over 10,000 color illustrations that include book covers, title pages, copyright pages and colophons. There is also a category for books in translation that comprise 45 languages.

With over 7,200 individual records in the GGM database and fifty fields of information for each record, a first time user may find it to be a bit cumbersome. Do not despair! The search and select parameters are like any other database. And those who are familiar with FileMaker will likely find it familiar and friendly. This data base will have improvements in the near future. Should visitors wish to contribute, revise, or correct information within any field for any record please do so by sending an email to

Here is an explanation of each field and the contents it may hold (you may search and/or select on each field); the nomenclature for its use as follows:

Book/Mag. Title: The name of a book or magazine. If a magazine, the publication parameters may be included, such as Jaque: Separata. Dec. 9, 1983. The magazine title will be italicized.

 Appearance: The title of the magazine appearance, in quotations, such as, “Bien, hablemos de literature.”

Span. SS: The name of a GGM short story whose first appearance is in Spanish. The year of its publication is also given if known such as: “En este pueblo no hay ladrones” 1960. The name of the book or magazine where it first appeared is the first field of the record, such as Mito: Revista Bimestral de Cultura. Año 6. Nos. 31-32. Jul.-Oct., 1960.

Eng. Title: First book appearance in English of the short story in English, such as “There Are No Thieves in this Town” first appeared in the book in English titled No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories with the citation number (E1.a.1.a) and year of publication (1968).

Eng. SS: The name of a GGM short story in English whose first English book appearance is in the field above.

Author/Editor: If the sole author is GGM the field is blank; otherwise the author or editor’s name appears in alphabetical order.

Place: City and country (if not obvious from the name of the city) of publication. Country uses the standard 2-letter international abbreviation.

Per. Page Nos.: Applies to periodical appearances; indicates page nos. for article or story text.

Publisher: Name of the publishing entity. If self-published indicated as such.

Year: Year of publication. If not indicated within the publication the year appears in brackets.

Date of Pub.: Using day, month and year more precise time of publication.

Edition: Order or state of publication such as 1st edition, 2nd ed., reprint, limited (ltd.) ed. and etc. as indicated on the copyright page or colophon.

Klein 2003: Citation location for the same item in the previous bibliography published by Don Klein, 2003 (in Spanish).

Span. title: Title of the book or periodical as it originally appeared in Spanish.

Condit.: The condition of the book, periodical or object using the abbreviations F (fine); NF (near fine) and etc. If there is also a dust jacket there are two sets of abbreviations; F/F (fine in fine jacket); F/NF (fine in near fine dust jacket); NF/VG (near fine in very good dust jacket). A “+” is a more definitive description of condition, such as NF+; better than near fine but not quite fine. These criteria are of course subjective.

Pages: The page numbers from the first Arabic or roman numbered page until the last page number in the book or periodical; these are the numbered pages and not the total number of pages; preliminary pages and blank pages are not counted; it appears as: 7-290 or ix-xxii. If the first of last page of text has no page number it is indicated as [7]-202 or 9-[185].

Language: GGM works have been translated into at least 45 languages, names of which are in this field.

Size: Dimensions of the book or magazine as measured in centimeters first from top edge to bottom edge and then from spine to fore-edge; such as 22 x 13 cm. If the book has an exceptionally large number of pages, the width is also included.

Country: GGM works have been published in over 55 countries, names of which are in this field.

No. copies: The print run is not easily determined unless it appears on the copyright page. Because of the history of piracy, sometimes by the publishers themselves, this figure tends to be illusive.

Type 1 and Type 2: These are numbers that appear on the very top or header of the database. They range from 01 to 20 are the categories that all of the GGM data fall into; sometimes neatly, sometimes not and sometimes in 2 categories, such as 06 (GGM contribution to a periodical, which is a “C” item; and number 13, a study guide, which is a “K” item.

Category: Another way of classifying the subject areas of the bibliography/collection that is more in line with bibliographic nomenclature. Theses are individual letters and range from “A” items to “Y” items to keep their subject categories together. The categories from “A” to “C” follow the same nomenclature as most descriptive bibliographies; the categories from “D” to “Y” follow the first letters of the categories themselves; i.e., “D” is for Diverse/ephemera/promo.; “E” is for GGM books in English translation; “P” is for Pirated editions and so on.

Format: This indicates whether the book or periodical is hardcover, soft cover, wrappers (soft cover) or other.

ISBN: An International Standard Book Number. ISBNs were 10 digits in length up to the end of December 2006, but since 1 January 2007 they now always consist of 13 digits. ISBNs are calculated using a specific mathematical formula. Books published to the early 1960s or privately do not have an ISBN.

Genre: A subjective category for classifying the content of GGM book or periodical appearance; whether they are novels, novellas (short novels), short stories, interviews, translations and etc. A way of generating a list of citations based on content criteria.

Signed or Inscribed: If the author (GGM or any other) has left a signature or added to that signature with a word or words, such as the inscription, For Bob. Sometimes a drawing is added, a date, or a lengthy paragraph, which tends to increase the value of the book or periodical—especially if it was left in the year of publication.

Translator: Name of the person or persons who translated the author’s work from one language into another (usually from Spanish to English). In alphabetical order by last name.

Contributor: Name of the person or persons who actually wrote the contributor to a periodical; the periodical itself may be authored by another.

ID1 to ID7: The precise location a book or periodical is placed chronologically in the data base using the letters in the category field to help the placement such as: A1.a.1.a would be the first book published by GGM; or E1.a., the first book published in English by GGM; or G250, the 250th appearance of a book published entirely about GGM.

Own: The word Own appears in the field if the book, periodical or item is a part of the collection. Data about the book, periodical or item may appear in a citation but if the word OWN does not, then it is not a part of the collection. Of the over 7,200 citations, as of 15 Feb., 2017, 2402 are in the Bibliographer’s Collection.

Description: A concise physical description of the book, periodical or object appears in the paragraph below the database fields. Colors, textures and information about the dust jacket (if present), endpapers, and headbands also indicated. Any criteria (letter, number, word, name, and etc. within the Description can be searched or selected.

Note: This is where much of the critical bibliography information about the book, periodical or object appears in the database; although there is often intentional redundancy of this data when it comes to some of the fields above. I.e.; the Note may repeat the Appearance, Year, Publisher, Format, or any other data field above it if deemed noteworthy.

Illustrations: In the case of “A” items and selected others, there are 5 pictures of each record: Front cover, spine, back cover, title page, and copyright page. Normally, books, periodicals and objects other than “A” items will have from one to three pictures that include cover, title page, and copyright page. Those books that are deemed worthy such as those with signatures, inscriptions, or colophons may exceed 5 pictures and have up to 7 pictures. In all cases, where a picture (usually of the front cover) was possible to obtain, one will appear on the first or data fields page of the record. This same picture is repeated below by itself or together with other pictures of the book, periodical or object.

Dear User: In 2003 I published a two-volume descriptive bibliography in Spanish of the work of GGM. This database supersedes that one in that this database contains thousands more citations, has many additions and corrections and is in English. N.b., this data base has a field (Klein 2003:) for those who have a copy of the earlier bibliography to enable them to cross-reference these citations with the earlier ones found in Klein 2003:.

It bears repeating that you can search and select in any of the fields of data that appear within each record. In addition, I should point out that the development of the bibliographer’s collection continues and the entire project should be considered a work in progress. At this juncture there is no hard copy of the Collectors Bibliography in publication.