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This review is from: An Historical and Critical Dictionary (Volume 2) (Paperback)This is the single worst presentation of a historical text that I've ever seen. Is it possible to be worse that this? Yes, but only insofar as Pierre Bayle's text is indeed discernible for which we can thank modern technology, not the competence of the publisher.
The copyright page includes the following text: 'While the publisher and author have used their best efforts in preparing this book, they make no representations or warranties with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the contents of this book and specifically disclaim any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.'
If this represents the publisher's best efforts, one wonders what this text would look like if they applied absolutely no effort at all. I would be more than ashamed to be connected with such a third rate effort as this. How comes it that such a shoddy effort ever gets created?
'We have recreated this book from the original using Optical Character Recognition software to keep the cost of the book as low as possible. Therefore, could you please forgive any spelling mistakes, missing or extraneous characters that may have resulted from smudged or worn pages? When in doubt, please consult the original scanned book which may be available from our website.'
So now you know. What is meant by the publisher's best efforts is the effort to get money out of people off the back of great and historical writing without any effort being employed in even the basic attributes of presentation. Most of the chapter breaks appear mid-sentence, some of the sentences having missing sections and are therefore unintelligible. There are frequent extraneous characters, punctuation and spacing of characters is uneven.
What of the quality of the text itself? What I've so far read seems to me to be of the first order and it is fully understandable why this work has entertained and enriched thinkers like Hume and Voltaire.
The publishers do indeed attempt to distance themselves from the text that they themselves publish (and so presumably this declaration extends to them as well) 'specifically disclaim[ing] any implied ... fitness for a particular purpose.'