When playing around with OCLC's XISBN service, I plugged in the isbn number for one of the "gone with the wind" books we have at our library - it returned something like 150 similar isbn numbers. You could try doing that for a few items.
Just an idea ...
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> Godmar Back
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> Subject: [CODE4LIB] how to obtain a sampling of ISBNs
> for an investigation/study, I'm looking to obtain a representative
> sample set (say a few hundreds) of ISBNs. For instance, the sample
> could represent LoC's holdings (or some other acceptable/meaningful
> population in the library world).
> Does anybody have any pointers/ideas on how I might go about this?
> - Godmar