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R. B. Adams

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (20 of 20)
Location: London, England
 

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A Contribution to the History of Leprosy in Austra&hellip by John Ashburton Thompson Md
4.0 out of 5 stars Choice of medium, 2 July 2013
You will already know whether you need the substance of Thompson's book, so the only real question is the medium. If you want a paper copy, this Forgotten Books ("FB" from here on) re-issue at Amazon's price - 7.41 when I bought it: about 3p per page - is probably cheaper than printing the book out yourself from an online source. If you can be content with an electronic version, download it from the Internet Archive. The FB version and the Internet Archive version share the same original. However, a minor defect - the clipping of titles in some rotated tables - appears in the FB version only. The FB version makes no real attempt to reproduce the "Diagram of Australia"; the Internet… Read more
Researching the Song: A Lexicon by Shirlee Emmons
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Prima i fatti?, 10 Feb 2011
In the present age (Arachne's), the codex must offer something the web does not. That something can only be authority. It may entail knowledge, balance, relevance, comprehensiveness (within the chosen limits), and usability; but first of all it entails mere accuracy. If, to some significant extent (100% accuracy being a chimaera), a reference book contains errors, the user cannot trust it, and its other qualities and its good intentions are vitiated. So much for the generalisations. Is "Researching the Song" reasonably accurate? I suggest not.

To take some examples: "Researching the Song"

- supposes Shakespeare to have written a lyric "Alas, My Dear! You're Cold as… Read more
Humanism, Machinery, and Renaissance Literature by Jessica Wolfe
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Recommended, though with these provisos:

(1) read first the review by Scott Maisano [accessed 02 September 2010] in Early Modern Literary Studies 14.2/Special Issue 17 (September, 2008) 11.1-7: search on Maisano+Wolfe+review

(2) use Amazon's look-inside

(3) if you have come to this topic only recently, consider approaching Wolfe's book via Jonathan Sawday's "Engines of the Imagination/Renaissance culture and the rise of the machine": Routledge, London and New York, 2007

When you come to Wolfe's book, enjoy it; but
(4) throughout, be aware of her caveat - that the "book is not a history of mechanics per se, but rather a study of the ideational… Read more