I was reading the encyclopedia today (yes, I know how big of a nerd that makes me :)) and began to notice most entries had their own bibliographies. I’ve taken smaller bibliographies from books on subjects I like and ordered the entire list from the internet. Low and behold, each of these books have their own bibliographies too!
I know this isn’t exactly the discovery of the century, but it did get me thinking: how many factual books are published without bibliographies (other than autobiographies) in a year?
And has anyone ever taken the time to trace a books genealogical tree back until it was all books without bibliographies? It would be a nice resource for reading material on subjects you enjoy.
One last question: if you are writing/compiling a book, and your source material points you to another book which you read, which one do you list in your bibliography? For instance, if I read Cecil’s report about the Alamo, http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a1_104.html , then went and bought the diary he refered to, which source would I credit in my bibliography?
Your geeky friend,