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Old 03-21-2017, 04:59 AM   #1021
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I am still chewing away at the Leacock humor collection --- 24 complete books (all collections of shorts), plus a few remnants from magazines and online excerpts.

I have been unable to find free digital versions of "Funny Pieces" (1936) or "Here Are My Lectures" (1937).
Also missing in action "Hellements of Hickonomics " (1936) which should be a collection of verse.

I will have to do without those unless anyone has seen any out there in the wild.

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Old 03-21-2017, 08:23 PM   #1022
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@Granny

TRL (Toronto Reference Library) has two copies. They don't circulate but TRL will let me photograph books. The Merril Library let me photograph all the Thorne Smith books and said that TRl has the same policy.

I'll be downtown next Monday and I'll stick my head in a see what I can do. The book is only 84 pages.

I'll also see if I can locate the two other items as well. The library's website only lists title not contents so I might be able to locate those items in the library as well.

A quick check turned up "Funny pieces : a book of random sketches (1936), 292p", "Here are my lectures (1938), 311p" and "Here are my lectures and stories (1937), 251p". All at TRL.
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@grumbles--- any assistance would be wonderful! But please only do that if you really really want to.

I want to "donate" to FadedPage / DPC any text they don't already have, so far I only have Winnowed Wisdom (retrieved from Digital Library of India). I'm waiting to hear from them what their requirements are.

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Old 03-22-2017, 05:16 PM   #1024
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@Granny

It's not a problem to stick my head in at TRL. The "Hellements of Hickonomics" is only 84 pages and if there isn't a problem setting up would only take about half an hour. I get the table of contents of the other books.

Photographing a 300 page book at home isn't much of an effort, I have fairly efficient copy setup. Trying to do the same in the library with small portable equipment and trying not to irritate others is a different question. But I have done it before (all the Thorne Smith books!) and there are others I still plan to do.

The copy of the "Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen" from the Indian Library is missing pages 78 and 79. TRL has a copy of the same edition. One of the missing poems is "The Fates" and I have other copies. The other poem is just called "Sonnet" and I have no idea which one it is. The problem with all these online sites is the very uneven quality of the scans. Many of them a very slipshod with missing pages or pages that are out of focus or otherwise unintelligible. Many of the scans of Thurber and Parkinson at the Internet Archive are useless.
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Old 03-28-2017, 01:10 AM   #1025
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Well, I did get to TRL this afternoon and aside from forgetting the piece of paper on which I scribbled the titles, things went well. I got the "Hellements of Hickonomics" and had no problem photographing all 84 pages. Well some problem, two pages are slightly blurred because the page moved while I was shooting them. They are legible but ScanTailor really butchered them.

The jpg files from the camera are about 240Mb and the raw files (these are uncompressed, unprocessed files but are only useful if you can handle Panasonic RW2 files) are about 15 times larger.
I use my Panasonic DMC-LF1 to shoot these. It's a 12Megapixel camera with 3000 x 4000 resolution. I prefer to use this camera because it is silent and I can control it with my Nexus tablet.

It took me about 12 minutes to photograph the book. I waited longer for it to retrieved from the stacks. I checked again and the the library policy allows me to photograph any book in the library as long as a) I don't disturb other patrons b) I don't use a flash c) I don't damage the book.

The files from ScanTailor are only 10Mb. There are 9 black and white line drawings in "Hellements". Since I want to go back to the library soon for the Oen book, I'll probably redo the substandard pages of "Hellements" although the jpg files are legible.

I'm surprised by how little of Leacock's work is available. I would have expected Gutenberg Canada to have far more of his work. His short stories were always part of the public school curriculum in the '50s.
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oooohhhh. I'm so happy. Feels like Christmas!

Please don't break your back for only 2 pages, I can transcribe manually if need be. Just pm me a download link, or we can work out some way to get the files into my hot little hands.

Yes, Gutenberg Canada surprised me too. But FadedPage.com has an extensive Special Collection of Stephen Leacock titles. FadedPage works with Distributed Proofreaders Canada, the site is only about 3 years old, but coming along nicely with over 3,100 titles now. I first found it two years ago when I did the Beatrix Potter omnibus; they were the only place in the world that had "The Fairy Caravan". I am a bit surprised that there isn't more cross-feed between FadedPage and Gutenberg Canada. FadedPage does have some links to Gutenberg Australia titles! Go figure...
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Never heard of FadedPage before. Great site, thanks!
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Finally!

I have completed The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night (Payne's translation). It's been a fun project, and I can't wait to read it, but now I have to convert it to ePub first (I'm almost done too, unless I decide to hyperlink all page/volume/story references in the footnotes...). Many thanks to GrannyGrump for her help with the last volumes!

For a preview of the full book, see this thread.
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I guess it's not finished, there's still Tales from the Arabic (3 volumes) and Alaeddin and the Enchanted Lamp. Let the fun continue!
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