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There are many "old" books that are known by different titles. For example, La Mule sans frein (English: The Mule Without a Bridle), which is also known as La Demoiselle à la mule (English: The Damsel with the Mule). And some books are known by 3, 4, or even more titles.

Such a variety of titles of the same books makes it difficult to choose the right one to use it in a bibliography. Is there a website where I can (at least!) search for an arbitrary book and then see a complete list of its titles?

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  • I remember I saw something similar recently, and I even had a thought like "Why is this even needed!!" Now I know :) Unfortunately, I have no idea how to find it again :(
    – virolino
    Apr 5, 2023 at 11:42
  • @virolino Try search the history in your browser :) Ctrl-H for Chrome on Windows or Command-Y if you use Chrome or Safari on Mac.
    – jsx97
    Apr 5, 2023 at 11:48
  • I now about that feature, but the needle is small, and the haystack huge. I do not even know I landed on that page, so I have no idea what to look for :( I would be more than happy to help, if I could.
    – virolino
    Apr 5, 2023 at 11:52
  • This doesn't answer your question, but if by "bibliography" you mean "reference section of an academic paper," you should cite the title of the edition that you actually read.
    – shoover
    Apr 5, 2023 at 18:55

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WorldCat does this fairly well for books that have been catalogued in the participating libraries (which are mostly academic libraries). I recommend using the advanced search, so you can specify author and title separately.

For La Mule sans frein, WorldCat gives results in various languages. Since I didn't specify an author, the search also returns publications about the romance and not just editions and translations. But for Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, where I included the author's name in the search, I get printed editions and audio versions. The advanced search also allows me to scope the search just to printed books or to a specific language (or both). There is no guarantee that this will return all translations, since that is determined by the catalogues of the participating libraries.

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A partial answer, the ISFDB does this fairly well for fantasy and science fiction literature, with alternate titles provided for entries. That said, it is limited to SF&F, to the point where story anthologies sometimes don't list non-fantastic stories in the book.

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