Diana gives you the Coronation of George IV (don’t think I didn’t see what you did there!) and Ammanda gives you Byron. And me? I was working on the WIP revisions and then I remembered it was Tuesday, not Monday and that means tomorrow (today when you read this) is Wednesday and, having spent too much time thinking about when to make Geneva Wafers again, I decided to Google Regency Hack.
Huh. Check this out about Ralph the Regency Hack. It’s an extract of an article and even that’s interesting, but hey. I confess I get pretty dang annoyed at all the amazing information locked up behind Academic paywalls. I guess that’s a rant for another day.
Poor Ralph Rylance. Some of the books he worked on. Also this one: “The Epicure’s Almanack, Or, Calendar of Good Living: Containing a Directory to the Taverns, Coffee-houses, Inns, Eating-houses, and Other Places of Alimentary Resort in the British Metropolis and Its Environs : a Review of Artists who Administer to the Wants and Enjoyments of the Table : a Survey of the Markets : and a Calendar of the Meats in Season During Each Month of the Year : to be Continued Annually” which, with a publication date of 1815 is well out of copyright and should therefore be available to read in Google Books and it’s not. The author of the article above seems to have republished the book, so all you get are links to that book.
And I will be very honest here and say this is not the first time I’ve seen material that is not under copyright by a couple of hundred years be unavailable at Google search. And this is all too often tied to the availability of a reprint that someone is selling. Is it in this case? No way to know.
The other Regency Hack is a bizarre You Tube video of a video game, looks kind of like Super Mario Bros. It’s here if you want to look. It’s not in English. I don’t think. I watched a few seconds with the sound off because I was too lazy to reach for the headphones.
Anyway. I’m just sad that Ralph Rylance is isn’t available. I would like a Calendar of Good Living.
But at least now I have some vague ideas about a gentleman trying to support himself when he’s not filthy rich. Not so different from today, actually.
Updated to add: The re-publisher of this book is the British Library. Ms. Ing of the article above has a forward in it and hey, go for it. There’s some new material in the forward I’m sure. But the whole point of allowing Google to scan books, even when they were in copyright, was to make them available for search. And in the case of material that is long out of copyright, to make that available for everyone. Not just information for academics whose institutions pay for journal access the rest of us can’t get.
I’m not in a good mood anymore.