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Started by Delighted_User on Apr 14, 2022 12:46:07 PM
George Frederick Maine

More often encountered as G[.] F[.] Maine -- I'm not sure what the convention was with full stops after initials in his time. He would have cared, being an editor of note. You may well have come across him without realising it.

Wiki washes its hands of him with a snub of a sentence: Most of his work was leather-bound, and published by Collins. Who can add more?

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Delighted_User - 14 Apr 2022 12:50:59 (#1 of 10)

This is probably the worst idea for a thread I've ever had. I did once start a thread about Dinner for One, and it got no replies, but in theory it might have done.

RosyLovelady - 14 Apr 2022 12:52:00 (#2 of 10)

It was the same with the Champagne Breakfast thread I started.

RosyLovelady - 14 Apr 2022 12:54:22 (#3 of 10)

Anyway, your Mr Maine edited a generally heart-sinking selection of books.

Delighted_User - 14 Apr 2022 12:54:31 (#4 of 10)

I'd have thought that one was a sure-fire winner. Both champagne and breakfast enjoy widespread popularity.

RosyLovelady - 14 Apr 2022 12:57:36 (#5 of 10)

I don't think anyone wanted to admit that such dissipation had ever figured in their wholesome lives.

Delighted_User - 14 Apr 2022 13:00:03 (#6 of 10)

I was thinking of him in relation to his edition of Wilde that I treasure, although it is falling apart, alas. It is or was a hardback printed with the paper of the immediate postwar years. In Maine's biographical introduction, the reader is informed of the basic structure of Wilde's life, from his early fame to prison and afterwards. And although it referred to his ostracism from society, there was no mention of the crime for which he was imprisoned, or the circumstances leading up to the trial for that matter.

Also, some of the Greek quotations were printed with misprinted letters, or in extreme cases upside-down.

RosyLovelady - 14 Apr 2022 13:04:06 (#7 of 10)

I can understand why you would treasure that souvenir of the great post-war paper famine.

Tomnoddy - 18 Apr 2022 17:34:15 (#8 of 10)

Those War Economy Standard books were often lovely little craft works. Thin paper, nicely tooled bindings, so easy to slip into a pocket.

Tomnoddy - 18 Apr 2022 17:34:24 (#9 of 10)

Not like that!

MaryMC - 25 Apr 2022 11:29:31 (#10 of 10)

Also, some of the Greek quotations were printed with misprinted letters, or in extreme cases upside-down.

Brilliant!

That must increase their rarity value, like postage stamps.

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