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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: