Saturday, November 15, 2008

a Penny Press update!




Just a quick side-note here, also from that 7 November issue of the TLS, regarding our old friend the Earl of Clarendon. Those of you keeping up with our book-ruminations here (meaning: nobody, apparently) will remember that a copy of Clarendon's great work True Historical Narrative of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England recently turned up in a book recycling bin in England. The TLS in reporting the story openly worried about the future life of Clarendon's work, both they and I feeling it would be a shame if it were finally forgotten by the reading public.

The report in the TLS drew a response from Martin Maw of Oxford University Press, located in Great Clarendon Street, Oxford:

Sir - I was very pleased to read that a copy of the work of Edward Hyde, the Earl of Clarendon, had been retrieved from a recycling bin. The suggestion that it's "in danger of being forgotten", however, is possibly wide of the mark. Anyone in Oxford can admire Hawksmoor's building in Broad Street, named after Clarendon and partially funded in its construction by money from the True Historical Narrative of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, which was home to the university press during the eighteenth century. Furthermore, anyone who wants to make an appointment to visit the Press museum at Oxford University Press will be welcome to see the first volume of the Narrative on display for themselves - as a great many visitors have done to date.

Well, that settles the question, doesn't it?

Clarendon's work is doomed. Melancholy news for a rainy Saturday.

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