January 1, 2019 Comments Off on Site News: Image Software Upgrade!
So I made one of my key upgrades for 2019 across all of my sites today — a significant update to my image manipulation software. Through the purchase of four programs I have vastly improved my capability to maximize the quality of my images here, as the above example shows. Another change I’ve been experimenting with is using my new mobile phone camera for the last couple posts; it’s easier to minimize vibration with my phone, and it’s a lot easier to set up than my digital SLR. I do need a vibration reduction lens for that down the road…but for now I’m making due with the best options I have available to me at the present time. These examples do spotlight a potential size increase for the image files, which I will be working on reducing as I continue to play with these new tools. Ultimately, though, these will allow me to produce higher quality work for my posts here, and I’m pleased to make this change after utilizing antiquated software from 2001 up to this point.
September 22, 2018 Comments Off on Site News: LEC Shakespeare Acquisitions!
A very kind fan of the blog sent me five duplicate copies of the LEC Shakespeare set for me to keep and document, so you will be seeing new updates in the near future! I’ve updated the Coming Soon sidebar but I’ll go ahead and confirm that Macbeth, The Tempest, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Two Gentlemen from Verona, and King John will be the titles discussed soon!
I’ve also been notified that said fan has a few other duplicates of other LECs they are willing to send along my way! Thank you so much!
In other book news, I’ve done some research into my university’s library. There are some LEC titles in the rare book room, as well as several Heritage titles in general circulation. I haven’t finished my inventory of the Heritage books to determine condition, but I hope to do that soon.
February 25, 2018 § 2 Comments
Hello dear readers! I may not have gotten any new books in a bit but I did have some time to fix up four posts here on the site!
Histories of Herodotus now has its LEC newsletter (thanks to Devotee kdweber)
Barchester Towers has had its two separate posts merged into one for comparative purposes.
Tales of Hoffmann and Gargantua and Pantagruel now have their Sandglasses included.
With these updates I also went through to make sure I had gotten all of my newsletters and such posted for the Heritage titles in my collection, and I am now up to date on that front as well.
Many of the older posts could use some touching up on many fronts, but that’s not a major priority in my life at this time, alas. But I am happy to get these loose ends taken care of! I’ll see you once I acquire more books or find myself with the motivation to work on polishing up the aforementioned posts.
June 3, 2017 Comments Off on 6/3/2017 – Update
It has been close to three months since the hiatus announcement, but I do have good news about my job status — I will be starting a new position on the 12th! However, I will be working extended hours once I start, so I cannot guarantee that I will be getting new posts up and running with any sort of consistency for the time being. But I will be ending the official hiatus and will see about putting up some new material this week!
April 15, 2017 § 2 Comments
I just learned from my parents that a very dear friend passed away a few months ago, Lois Wheeler. I’ve mentioned her name a few times here at the Imagery as she was herself an avid lover of books and greatly relished the opportunity to visit and go over my acquisitions with me. She sold me the copy of Beowulf I still own, as well as several other Heritage Press titles, from her time as the owner of Page One Used Books, which I used to volunteer at (and get paid in books). She also gave me books after she closed her store, far too many for me to list out here. She was a lovely individual, someone who was an absolute pleasure to be around and an infectious book enthusiast who helped me gain my own deeper passion for the medium, leading to this blog and my collection.
She was 88 and passed away from breast cancer. I haven’t seen her since I moved, and now I never will. She was an amazing woman and I will miss her greatly. Rest in peace Lois.
March 20, 2016 § 1 Comment
Blog’s been quiet again. I apologize for that, but I haven’t felt like putting in a lot of work lately, and I think I may have pinpointed why. You see, I think at this point in my life I am just not that interested in putting in the time for books I don’t own. I have no personal investment beyond obligation to this site, and I don’t think that’s the best approach towards producing content for the blog. So, I’m making a personal choice to no longer post up books I don’t own at that moment in time. Which does strip away the entirety of the “Coming Soon!” banner I had (I just changed it to reflect this change). But I’ve been thinking of the posts I put up on the Great French Romances over the break and how essentially barebones they were…because I don’t own complete copies where I can get information for them! And that’s not doing anyone any favors beyond visuals and the barest of details. I think this blog can be better than that. I’m not going to delete any of the posts that lack a Sandglass or anything like that; they’ve already been done, and I can update them later if I choose. But I’m not going to spend any more time compiling incomplete posts. I hope that you understand this editorial choice and look forward to our next post on our first LEC Shakespeare, Henry the IV Part I, in the near future.
December 31, 2015 Comments Off on The Year in Review: 2015
Sherlock Holmes took a little longer than anticipated to prepare, so it won’t be going up until tomorrow, I’m afraid. In the meantime, for those curious about how the blog performed this year, WordPress has supplied me with its annual report, and you can peruse it at your leisure here.
Happy New Year, readers!