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March 01, 2018



My commiserations. The only thing worse than getting old - or merely older - is not doing so.

On a related topic, eighteenth and nineteenth century books - especially in cheap editions - were often published with very small print. How did people manage to read them with only candles, tapers or oil-lamps? We get accounts of people reading novels aloud in inns - was this partly because only people with keen eyesight could read those books at all? There's a famous print of Samuel Johnson squinting at a book at very close range: was this how most people actually read, perhaps?

R Lapides

I feel for you, Miriam.

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