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on 25 April 2018
I'm near sighted, and need glasses whenever I'm out and about, but always take them off when reading books. However, I have real trouble reading this book, as the font is too unreadable.
I have fourteen books from the leather-bound classics collection from Barnes & Noble, and haven't had the same issue with them. I ended up making a side-by-side comparison between this book and them, in order to spot the difference, and I think the difference can best be spotted when comparing it with Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, Penny Dreadfuls - Sensational Tales of Terror, or Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo. The Font size in these other books is the same as in Bulfinch's Mythology, but unlike this book the others use the semi-bold variety of the font which makes the smaller font-size acceptable. However, add the small font-size and the lack of semi-bold typeset, and what you get is something that will cause you to strain your eyes reading.
I've snapped a picture with Penny Dreadfuls and this book in the frame, but it doesn't do the readability difference justice. It needs to be seen up close in real life.