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This is a review of the hardcover *binding*,
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Some of the rather expensive volumes on this series (Oxford Classical Texts), including the Virgil, merely have the *appearance* of being hard-bound, when in fact they consist of pages *glued* to a stiff spine (which method is known as 'perfect binding', and is the preferred method for cheaper paperbacks), and then, fitted with cardboard covers.
A hard*bound* book, as it rests on your desk, is supposed to stay *open* on a page; whereas a 'perfect bound' paperback shuts itself when there is no weight holding the pages.
These editions are valuable primarily in that they are authoritative scholarly editions; nevertheless, reliable editions of the same texts are obtainable free of charge at the Perseus Project (often much earlier Oxford editions themselves). The other reason why someone might want to buy such expensive hardcopies is that he or she wants to have the book laid open, for reference, comparison, etc. etc., on a desk alongside other books, a computer, and the rest of the usual clutter--and thus, these 'fake' hardcovers are seriously frustrating.
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Initial post: Nov 11, 2013 4:43:03 PM PST
I was very disappointed when I read your comments regarding the binding. And it does appear to be the general practice, nowadays. I'd like to ask a little detail, after all this time: it is about the book's front cover. Could you please tell me if it is a plain blue cardboard or false buckram one, or if it includes (at least) the Oxford coat of arms, as in the good old editions? (some of them, anyway)
Odd question, perhaps, but I have my whims...:)
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