# Bibliography entry for a volume of a book which has its own (sub-)title

I am wondering how to use biblatex for a bibliographical entry for a book in two volumes which have (sub-)titles of their own. I am expecting something similar to the first entry in my exemplary output, but it seems a bit hackish. Maybe the technically correct way would be something like the second entry, but it looks to me like printing the subtitle before the title. Of course I can live with the first solution, but I'm curious, are these the two options I have or is there a better way which I missed?

\documentclass{memoir}
\usepackage[authordate,backend=biber]{biblatex-chicago}

\usepackage{filecontents}

\begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib}

@book { snellgrove1959,
author = {David Snellgrove},
year = {1959},
title = {The Hevajra Tantra: A Critical Study, Part 2},
subtitle = {Sanskrit and Tibetan Texts},
location = {Oxford},
publisher = {Oxford University Press},
}

@inbook { snellgrove1960, %Changed it to 1960 for the sake of the order.
author = {David Snellgrove},
year = {1960},
booktitle = {The Hevajra Tantra},
booksubtitle = {A Critical Study},
volume = {2},
%subtitle = {Sanskrit and Tibetan Texts}, %subtitle is not printed if there's no title
title = {Sanskrit and Tibetan Texts},
location = {Oxford},
publisher = {Oxford University Press},
}

\end{filecontents*}

\begin{document}
\nocite{*}
\printbibliography
\end{document}


The following is better than my original version with @inbook, but the order is still not what I had in mind. I guess it's not intended to be done like that.

@book { snellgrove1960, %Changed it to 1960 for the sake of the order.
author = {David Snellgrove},
year = {1960},
maintitle = {The Hevajra Tantra},
mainsubtitle = {A Critical Study},
volume = {2},
title = {Sanskrit and Tibetan Texts},
location = {Oxford},
publisher = {Oxford University Press},
}


• I haven't really gotten around to properly have a look at this, but what about maintitle and friends? Plus there is also @mvbook as type (but that might be more interesting if you were to cite "Hevajra Tamtara" itself with no reference to any "sub-volume"), have a look at the knuth:ct works in biblatex-examples.bib – moewe Jul 7 '15 at 20:18
• @moewe See my edit. – muk.li Jul 7 '15 at 21:35
• Sorry but what is wrong with that output? That's what I would expect. You are citing a particular volume so the title of that volume comes first. I don't see what other order could make sense here? – cfr Jul 8 '15 at 3:03
• That is just the way biblatex-chicago handles these kind of works. Since biblatex-chicago adheres to the rules of the CMS this seems to be a more or less sensible way to deal with such a case. Changing chicago-authordate.bbx to your wishes (i.e. swapping title and maintitle) looks a real hassle and will require to break some of the thought-through features of biblatex-chicago. Note that the standard authoryear style gives the order you seems to prefer. – moewe Jul 8 '15 at 5:19
• Is there anything we can do about this question to get it off the unanswered list? – moewe Dec 30 '15 at 8:27

This is the way biblatex-chicago handles multi-volume books, it displays the specific title of the volume first and then the general maintitle of the overall work.

Title. Vol. X of Maintitle

The other possibility is to print the maintitle first and then the title

Maintitle. Vol. X: Title

The latter seems to be what you want here, but the Chicago Manual of Style seems to think differently.

On a case-by-case basis it may turn out that the maintitle/title approach does not work. This is the case especially if the maintitle completely overshadows the volume title. In these cases it may turn out that writing everything into the title field is the only sensible solution.

\documentclass{memoir}
\usepackage[authordate,backend=biber]{biblatex-chicago}

\usepackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib}
@book{snellgrove1959,
author    = {David Snellgrove},
year      = {1959},
title     = {The Hevajra Tantra: A Critical Study, Part 2},
subtitle  = {Sanskrit and Tibetan Texts},
location  = {London},
publisher = {Oxford University Press},
}

@book{snellgrove1960,
author       = {David Snellgrove},
year         = {1960},
maintitle    = {The Hevajra Tantra},
mainsubtitle = {A Critical Study},
volume       = {2},
title        = {Sanskrit and Tibetan Texts},
location     = {London},
publisher    = {Oxford University Press},
}

@book{snellgrove1961,
author       = {David Snellgrove},
year         = {1961},
maintitle    = {The Hevajra Tantra},
mainsubtitle = {A Critical Study},
part         = {2},
title        = {Sanskrit and Tibetan Texts},
location     = {London},
publisher    = {Oxford University Press},
}
\end{filecontents*}

\begin{document}
\nocite{*}
\printbibliography
\end{document}


A look at chicago-authordate.bbx tells me that you definitely don't want to start modifying the style to change from title-maintitle to maintitle-title. The current behaviour is rooted deep in the structure of the bibdrivers.

I am probably abusing the feature but I use the part field.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[authordate,backend=biber]{biblatex-chicago}

\usepackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib}
@book {snellgrove1960, %Changed it to 1960 for the sake of the order.
author = {David Snellgrove},
year = {1960},
title = {The Hevajra Tantra},
subtitle = {A Critical Study},
volume = {2},
part = {Sanskrit and Tibetan Texts},
location = {Oxford},
publisher = {Oxford University Press},
}
\end{filecontents*}