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A real disappointment,
This review is from: The Oxford Companion to the Book: 2 Volumes (Hardcover)
This work has received good to outstanding reviews, of the kind that raised expectations that this was a dream buy but one which might be fulfilled. If the price, not unreasonable in itself, is a problem, then it is sad to find that even libraries and major bookstores do not have a copy for inspection. Having now tracked down a set, I can only express my disappoinment; not at the content, but the failure to make the volumes 'a buy whatever the cost'. The production, binding excepted, is pedestrian. And the ill-conceived decision to split the dictionary across the two volumes is regrettable and ignores the way the work would be used.
A real disappointment. And the sad conclusion that the money needed to puchase it could be better spent. But a paperback edition (at a reasonable price) in due course would be welcome.
Higher production standards have been set by others, not least Yale UP.