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LEFT: My brand spanking new copy. RIGHT: the library’s old copy, which is yellowed and falling apart.
This is what I asked of my parents for Christmas this year: a facsimile edition of John Edwin Sandys’s A History of Classical Scholarship. I opted for the facsimile because it’s printed on better paper and is more durably bound. This set was done by Martino Publishing in partnership with Krown and Spellman, booksellers. Krown & Spellman sell it for $165 + $5 per book shipping USPS. The edition which Martino offers on their site, apparently not in connection with Krown & Spellman, is listed at $195.
The only weakness of the facsimile is the quality of the illustrations, mostly portraits of classical scholars. The differences from the original did not photograph well, but it’s something like a very good photocopy: no gray tones, some loss of detail, but nothing to cry about.
Here are some more comparisons:
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This evening I decided to start going through my books here at home to catalogue on LibraryThing, and I came across quite a few fun things on my shelves I had forgotten about. One of these was Arcadia by Tom Stoppard. I saw it performed several years ago and liked it, so I bought it. Well, upon finding it, I read the brief play tonight, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I remember that when I first saw the play that there were several references, literary, Latin, and the like, that I picked up on but didn’t understand– it was pleasant this time around, years later, to get some of these witticisms.
One theme of the play I can particularly appreciate as I toil in the academic world is the picture of the scholars who pick through the historical record– notes in books, pictures, scraps, etc.– to try to piece together scenes from the past. That they get it so wrong because they find only what they’re looking for is practically a universal truth.
The way Stoppard alternates (and doesn’t) between past and present is quite astonishing, as well. The fact that I enjoyed it again and yet still didn’t get the full mathematical/philosophical complexities means I’ll just have to pick it up again in a few years.
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Okay, here’s a post appropriate for the holidays– a Dante comic. It’s just dorky enough for my taste. I found it by following a search link (searching blogs for “dante”) that led someone to my blog– the search also listed this post. Many thanks to rubinesque, from whom I snatched this photo– I only reproduce it (and not only link to it) because I didn’t think everyone would follow the link, and they’d miss out on the image. I love that it follows the traditional iconography for Dante and Vergil, too.