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1.0 out of 5 stars Valuable resource, nearly ruined in this edition by appalling OCR, 23 Aug. 2010
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This review is from: Byzantine Constantinople, the Walls of the City and Adjoining Historical Sites (Paperback)
Review relates to ISBN 9781150207891 only.

This book is a specialist resource. Not everyone is interested in locating and identifying the surviving Byzantine remains of the city of Constantinople, but van Millingen's research remains definitive for those who are. His work is a scholarly yet readable account of the available evidence, which contributes significantly to an understanding of Constantinople before its fall to the Turks in 1453, and which still assists the modern-day visitor to Istanbul who has an interest in such material.

This edition of the book has been produced using optical character recognition software. The publisher's blurb states: "OCR is not a perfect solution but we feel it's more important to make the book available for a low price than not at all." After wading through this diabolical publication, one really questions whether this is true. It is the worst example of OCR publishing I've ever seen.

Footnotes are absorbed into the body of the text indiscriminately, with no attempt whatever to preserve the original format. The software has been unable to distinguish between English and foreign-language material, resulting in countless paragraphs of utter gobbledygook. Even the English is littered with typos. and spelling errors, the majority of which could have been rectified by a simple spell-check. There is a contents page with nothing on it, and section breaks have been inserted in completely incorrect places. The last page of the book ends in mid-sentence, so there is plainly material missing. Such failings inevitably obviate any prospect of an index.

Smart-alec comments by the publishers, suggesting that a readable version of the book is available for those who wish to pay for the privilege of an individually proof-read and properly laid out copy, help nobody other than by giving a warning of the complete lack of effort which has brought this edition to the market. If this is the best that General Books can come up with, then they would do better getting somebody to spend half an hour introducing the original book to a photocopier. The finished result would doubtless be vastly superior to this.

Four stars for van Millingen's work; none for this version of it. If you're considering purchasing, check ISBN numbers carefully and ensure that you're buying a facsimile copy of the original (which is available from other publishers), avoiding this abomination at all costs.
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Initial post: 1 Oct 2010 07:43:35 BDT
A customer says:
Thanks for the review I nearly bought it.

Can you tell me how to find a facsimile copy of the original ?

Thank you

Pelayo

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Oct 2010 21:24:47 BDT
Jeremy says:
Glad the review was helpful. I've found the Amazon website misleading on this publication, so the best advice I can offer is to contact any seller directly and check that they're selling a facsimile, and not an OCR edition. The ISBN numbers may help you to distinguish between the two. I hope you're successful in your search. :)
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