I don't know what footnotes you refer to but the Gibbon set I received in April has footnotes on almost every page. My personal feelings on abridgement are mine alone, I know others don't mind so much. #29 jveezer, you bring up an interesting point regarding "minor emendations" that FS makes mention of in many of the books printed from earlier editions. I'm still irritated about this, honestly. I won't purchase abridgements even of nonfiction works, unless a complete version is non-existent (e.g., hasn't ever been fully translated, or hasn't been reprinted for hundreds of years). Without those earlier editions, it is difficult to tell what those minor emendations might be. Pepys Diaries, though I didn't plump for the FS edition!) Are you not enjoying it?
An Experiment in Literary Investigation. He has been quiet for so long, I thought he had passed on. Just did a search on Amazon--here's an example of a one-volume unabridged Mommsen--1703 pages, and a whopping 10 pounds! Well, at least avoid stating that they're dead and rolling over in their graves! I'm working up the courage to get started with the rest of it after reading the introductions but I'm making excuses with some of my slimmer volumes. I think something that many people are overlooking is the necessity for abridgements in general. And I happen to deeply dislike abridgements and avoid them whenever I can. This topic is not marked as primarily about any work, author or other topic.
I decided against it; after doing some research I found that they didn't have the notes. And I almost did, too... so yeah, I wholeheartedly agree that if they ARE going to abridge something, they should be VERY, VERY clear and upfront about it. I wasn't aware of this before reading the introduction. This wasn't mentioned by Folio anywhere that I could find. I also don't mind skillfull abridgments--as I mentioned in the thread on. This topic is currently marked as "dormant"—the last message is more than 90 days old. If they don't trust their subscribers (and remember, we are talking about a publishing house that doesn't compete in the big bookstore chains with the offerings from mass market publishers) to buy an abridged version of a classic because it costs too much to offer an unabridged version--then they shouldn't even think of offering it.
Actually I am enjoying it and am just finishing up the Greeks and heading for the Romans. Solzhenitsyn. Many late 18th and early 19th century works contained tedious lists of names of people present at balls and dinners that were an exercise in name dropping at the time but mean nothing to any but the most specialist reader today. In fact, when I first considered joining, the Gibbon was the bait. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our. I couldn't remember where I had seen this information premonitorily posted by HMOKeefe. pm 11. The price is nothing to scoff at either, US $1440. (For instance, I've acquired the complete Memoires of the Duc de Saint-Simon, in French, rather than go for a 3-volume English abridgement. I can agree with most of Coffeemate's comments except the publisher's right to be coy about offering an abridged version of a work.
I have the first English edition of. Re #41: Splendid idea! The Gulag Archipelago was what irritated me the most, because I bought it with absolutely no hint anywhere that it was abridged along with a rather large batch of books. Second Editions Bookstore is a real gem. I would hate to be on a deadline to get through it! It's because they're worried that people might not want to buy them. Abridged ( 1973 1976) , Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. jveezer: Thats a big book to slog through! I was upset when I found out upon getting. #36: See the Introduction to Volume I: "The notes included are all by Gibbon, but are only a selection from the great number he wrote". Pepys...I certainly hope not.
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