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Purchasing books in Latin

Postby quickly » Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:45 am

Aside from the Loeb editions (which are fantastic), what is the easiest way to access either classical or medieval/neo-Latin texts? While I am taking classical Latin, I would like to purchase a copy of Spinoza's Ethica in the original Latin (although I can find it online, a hard copy has more flavor). This venture is seemingly impossible.

All you Latin, Greek, or classics fanatics: what are the most salient resources available for purchasing or accessing rare, but supposedly existent, Latin/Greek texts?
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Re: Purchasing books in Latin

Postby bedwere » Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:00 pm

Consider also that you can often find the pdf of those books on Google books and then you can print them on lulu.com
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Re: Purchasing books in Latin

Postby dlb » Fri Aug 07, 2009 11:23 pm

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Re: Purchasing books in Latin

Postby quickly » Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:38 am

Thank you both. I think that, because my university doesn't have a copy of Ethica, and I can't get it on an interlibrary loan network, lulu.com looks like my best option. Unfortunately, there isn't an annotated edition available, which would be my preference. However, the sites listed by dlb look promising for other texts.

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Re: Purchasing books in Latin

Postby dlb » Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:43 am

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Re: Purchasing books in Latin

Postby anglicus » Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:04 pm

bedwere wrote:Consider also that you can often find the pdf of those books on Google books and then you can print them on lulu.com


Have you (or anyone else) done this yourself? I'm curious to how satisfied people have been with the results. I'm a little wary of trying it myself, just because some of the scans on Google aren't very good quality to begin with, and then if the printing isn't the best, you may end up with a book that is nearly illegible in spots (especially with Greek texts).
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Re: Purchasing books in Latin

Postby quickly » Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:52 pm

I tried making a lulu file from google's scan of Ethica, which wasn't accepted due to the PDF having no embedded text. I would assume the best option would be to find a text version (perseus, etc.) and format a PDF as you like it.
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Re: Purchasing books in Latin

Postby Misopogon » Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:52 am

You can find some out of print copies of Ethica on abebooks . In Italy Ethica is still published with parallel text Latin/Italian. Otherwise you might search with antiquarian booksellers.
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