Jun. 8th, 2016

lblanchard: (swannfountain)
I now have in my possession (temporarily) an extremely battered and partially disbound copy of E. H. M. Cox, Reginald Farrer's Last Journey, on loan from an undisclosed source. Since it's lacking structural integrity, it lies perfectly flat. There's no pdf version available, so I'm inclined to make one myself.

Check out this image (click to embiggen):



I took it with my iPhone. I need to mess with the lighting (I just shoved it under the grow-lights, which was suboptimal). I cut the pages apart [that is to say, the images of the pages -- I did not disbind the book any further!] and converted them to pdf, and ran OCR on it. It missed a big chunk on the bottom of the left-hand page, which I think has something to do with the light levels, so I'll play some more. It will make a fine addition to my library, even if it's not a professional-quality pdf.

This is Farrer being colloquial; Cox is quoting a personal letter from him. Check out the final paragraph, about leeches -- pure comedy gold.

(I am now officially obsessed with this project.)

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