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In the age of twitter remember Horace

10/11/2011

Hart that is. This tiny book, (measuring 9cm by 14cm) was issued by the Oxford University Press from 1893 to eternity (the latest edition I have was published in 2005 and called New Hart’s Rules. This shown here was published in 1962 in the famous dark blue buckram.). It was intended for compositors and readers at the Clarendon Press. (Remember readers? When I began work in Fleet Street in the mid 1980s there was a department of ‘readers’ whose job it was to scrutinise the following day’s paper for errors, both of grammar and style, also of fact, a role now taken on by journalists, who are far from adequate.) The title page acknowledges James Murray – editor of the first dictionary from Oxford.

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