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Oct 15, 2006, 2:27 pm

Ok, guess someone has to start off here.

I just listed my copy (reprint) of George Buck's old defense of Richard, and LT is showing only that one copy. Doesn't anyone else have it? (Maybe skeggy, who still hasn't listed any books, does. Are you still here?)

Btw, I did some fancy footwork to keep Buck from being combined with a more modern George Buck. I hope the cure for keeping straight authors with the same name comes along soon.

2skeggy First Message
Edited: Oct 30, 2006, 11:32 pm

Hi myshelves,

The History of King Richard the Third by George Buck, edited by Arthur Kincaid. and published by Alan Sutton 1979, is, as I'm sure you know, out of print, and mainly only available from academic libraries.

The same applies to The history of the life and reigne of Richard the Third, by George Buck, E.P. publishing, 1973. I believe this is the edition which you have listed in your library.

I think this book would be a good candidate for production as an e-book or as a "print-on-demand" book.

Apologies for not checking back sooner...


Oct 30, 2006, 11:58 pm

Maybe Google Books will make it downloadable one of these days

4unohoo First Message
Oct 31, 2006, 12:04 am

I just got the two volume Caroline Halsted pub from Amazon (have to enter it into my list) and noticed they have one of the volumes available in PDF format. I might buy it in that format just to be able to quickly search for something as there's no index.

I agree, it would be nice to get many of these books in electronic format, especially the hard to get ones like Buck.

Apr 4, 2009, 1:51 pm

This thread seems to be dormant. I've only just seen it. The Sutton publication (1979, 2nd ed. 1982) is mine. It is indeed out of print. A lot of people have suggested it should go back into print, but Alan Sutton says there would have to be a bigger demand than there is to pay for its being reprinted. If you want to print it as an e-book, please indicate your terms.
In the meantime, I have one copy, in excellent condition except I have signed it to the person I gave it to (now deceased). I'll be willing to insert all corrections which I'm aware of needing to be made to date if the purchaser wants, and to sell it for $115 plus postage from England (the $15 is to cover the conversion charge, unless its purchased in the UK). Contact me by e-mail, address below.
The problem of confusion with a modern George Buck has just arisen. There has always (well, "always" since the 17th century) problem of confusing the original author, SIR George Buck with his great-nephew, George Buck, who published the work in 1646 (extra sheets of the intiial edition were published as a "2nd edition" in 1647) under his own name, having cut it down to about 3/5 its original size, altered it significantly, and rendered it virtually useless and highly suspect from a scholarly point of view - which the original, as my edition made clear, is NOT. I've written an article on this, and if anyone wants to contact me on kincaid@easynet.co.uk, I'll give him/her the reference. The main point is that some stupid idiot published a reprint of George Buck's printed version of it (from the "edition" of 1647) in 1973, when my text of the original was known to be already in existence, and Amazon doesn't distinguish between that and my edition! I tried to tell them this, but got a runabout so gave up. But beware - there is a WORLD of difference. They are essentially different works, and the 1646/7 version is entirely useless.
Arthur Kincaid