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Edited by an illiterate machine?
on 30 June 2011
I was persuaded to buy this edition of the Arabian Nights by the low price and the claim that it was, to quote the publisher Halcyon Classics, "the complete text with minor errors and omissions corrected" and that it had "a fully active table of contents".
The price is not low enough:
*The active index is only at the volume level, i.e. you can go to the beginning of each of the sixteen volumes, but not to any individual story.
*Burton provided hundreds of footnotes; there is no linking between the footnote indicators and the footnotes and the indicators are distractingly embedded in the text.
*With occasional exceptions (and then only by capitalising the text) there is no typographical distinction between the story headings and the rest of the text.
*Typos abound, the most irritating being the substitution of "shine" for "thine" throughout. Words are hyphenated in the middle of lines or contain spaces.
The impression given is that an old edition was scanned, machine converted to text and an automatic spelling check run. Lazy, sloppy work.