After a trip to a local library today, I have to warn fellow marathoners about two M-D editions that should be better than they are:
- Barnes and Noble, copyright 1993; hardcover; "acid-free paper" declared on the copyright page.
- Oxford University Press, copyright 1999; hardcover; in the "Oxford World's Classics" series.
If you are considering either of these as your MDM tome, be aware that there are better editions out there. Heck, you could just order the Northwestern-Newberry from Amazon and be sure of having the "authorized" text (also available in paperback). You might also consider the Everyman's Library edition reviewed in tomorrow's post.
Here are some quick tests to check if you're looking at an edition that's sub-standard:
- In Chapter 18, His Mark, flip to the little illustration "Quohog. his ✠ mark."
Now look four paragraphs back. The text should read: "Quick, Bildad," said Peleg, to his partner..." (It should include the "to.")
- In Chapter 125, The Log and Line, about a page from the end of the chapter, it should read: "Pip! Pip! Pip! One hundred pounds of clay! Reward for Pip..." (The punctuation after "clay" shows that "clay" refers to Pip; not, nonsensically, to the reward.)
Of course, just as you wouldn't run a marathon in any shoe that fits, there are considerations beyond merely having the correct text. The search continues...