Nathan Rose <nathan <at> VILLASUBROSA.COM>
2014-09-26 18:33:31 GMT
Last year I bought the Oxford Classical /Metamorphoses/ for use with my
daughter. It hasn't held up very well, although it hasn't been subject
to the rough handling I sometimes give books. (It hasn't been splayed
open, or propped with a heavier book, or tumbled along in a briefcase.)
In fact, all I've done with it is sit in a chair and follow along while
my daughter translates. Nevertheless, the spine is broken in two places
and the back hinge has split.
My other OCT volumes, some of which are older than I am, are all in good
shape. I know the quality of bindings generally, even at university
presses, isn't what it used to be, but this is worse than I expected. So
I thought I'd poll others' experience before I buy our next text. A few
1) Is OCT all like that now, or did I get unlucky?
2) Are there reasonable alternatives? Teubner seems to be very expensive.
3) The OCT Pliny's letters (which is what my daughter wants to do next)
is a 1963 edition. The Ovid is 2004. Any chance a "new" Pliny will
really have been printed and bound years ago--in which case it might
hold up better--or will it be recently made, with the same binding
quality as the newer text?