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F. G. Gordon and the Oxford University Press.] Correspondence with John Johnson, Humphrey Milford, Sir John Forsdyke, S. R. K. Glanville, Sir G. F. Hill, and others, about his book 'Through Basque to Minoan'. With corrected manuscripts, proofs, etc.

Frank Gordon Gordon [né Straube] (1874-1968), classical scholar with theory on Minoan Linear A [John Johnson; Humphrey Milford; Oxford University Press; Sir John Forsdyke; S. R. K. Glanville]

Editorial: Letters from various locations including the British Museum between and 1932. The book published by Oxford University Press 1931, 1930
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The collection is in good overall condition, with light signs of age and wear. As the following description indicates, much care was taken by OUP with the production of the book, the Press even going so far as to produce new type for it (examples of which are accompany a letter by the printer John Johnson). Unfortunately the book was not well received - a savage review [by Sir P. J. Dixon] in the Times Literary Supplement, 12 March 1931, drawing forth a pained response from the author, 19 March 1931 - and although Linear A remains undeciphered, the book's premise of a connection between the language of the Basques and that of the Minoans has never been seriously entertained. The present collection gives an interesting insight into the preparation and production of a scholarly work by the 1930s Oxford University Press, with a small selection of correspondence giving a taste of the academic response to it. The following description is divided into eight numbered sections, as follows: ONE. 12 Typed Letters Signed to Gordon from John Johnson (1882-1956), Printer to the University of Oxford, between 23 June and 6 December 1930, and all on his University Press letterhead. In the first letter Johnson informs Gordon that his 'friend, Dr. H. R. Hall, has told me confidentially about your enterprise, and I should be very happy to discuss it with you at any time tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, or at such other time as you may determine. I shall make my convenience yours.' The correspondence proceeds in the same urbane style. On 14 July he writes that he has 'had a good deal of bother with your Minoan book in getting things quite right. For instance as far as possible your lines I think must not overrun, and there are all sorts of minor complications of the fount &c. which we have had to surmount'. He sends a specimen page, which satisfies Gordon, but writes on 27 August 1930: 'I expect you will be regarding me as a man of bad promises. But I can assure you that I am not. | All your text is in type and has only been awaiting certain Minoan letters which I have had to manufacture. | So that your eyes may believe, I enclose a proof of the letters which have only just come to me from the Engravers.' (A leaf, with 59 examples of letters, is attached.) He concludes the letter by stating that the 'more I think of it the more I like your alternative title'. On 17 October he states that he is 'proposing to print 500 copies of your Monograph as an insurance against the chance of your circle of interest widening beyond the philologists, and I think a price of 10/- would be adequate. | It is rather thin to bear a higher price.' On 4 December he explains that he has made a statement in Gordon's prospectus 'a little less definite [.] It is important to let the reader think that he also has a part in the discovery, by the corroboration of your views.' Two days later (6 December) he begins his last letter by stating that he had also 'spotted that weakness and had been seized with paralysis in the curious way one is and had found myself powerless to alter it'. He continues: 'You have been the ideal customer throughout, never too proud to accept a Printer's humble suggestions, and I am sure if ever I wished a book well I wish this book well.' He suggests binding copies 'for your own Christmas presentation', and the alteration of the date of publication to 1931, as it is 'never wise to plunge anything into the period which lies between now and the New Year'. Four autograph drafts and copies of letters by Gordon to Johnson, all from 1930, are also present, dealing with advertising, print run, binding, price. On 18 September he enquires whether 'as I am an unknown quantity, it might not be advisable to put in my qualifications as indicated on the proof. | I am still a member of St. John's and was formerly a scholar. I merely mention this in case it is usual to refer to such facts. I have no wishes in the matter except to do what is customary.' And on 18 October. N° de ref. de la librería 16312

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Título: F. G. Gordon and the Oxford University Press...

Editorial: Letters from various locations including the British Museum between and 1932. The book published by Oxford University Press 1931

Año de publicación: 1930

Encuadernación: Soft cover

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Private premises. Autographs, manuscripts and archives on any subject. Particular interest in publishing and bookselling history. Occasional catalogues. Company number: 03785276

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