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The Dialect of The Huddersfield District

Mar 26 (edited)

Given that we don't know what the Dust Jacket actually looked like (other than Perhaps Wayne who has seen one), I'm trying to make something plausible just to protect the spine of the book from UV on the shelf. I can figure out the correct size easily enough (as I know how wide the flaps were from shadowing on the endpapers).

Any suggestions, help, etc. welcomed

[Edit: It looked nothing whatsoever like my first musings, attached here! ]

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Mar 26
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The dustjacket is described as follows in Hammond's Bibliography (bold added for items missing/differing from Stu's facsimile):

Dust-jacket, grey wove paper. Upper cover printed in dark blue, identical to the title page except without date. Printed in the spine in dark blue: 'DIALECT | OF THE | HUDDERSFIELD | DISTRICT | HAIGH | [publisher's device, an open book and 3 crowns within a cartouche] | OXFORD'. Printed on the lower cover: '[within a single rule frame:] Oxford Books | [advertisement of 5 titles, beginning with Onions, The Oxford Shakespeare Glossary, ending with Ekwall, English River Names] | OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS | [below the frame:] Jan. 1928'. Printed on front flap: 'OXFORD | UNIVERSITY PRESS | [14 addresses, London to Shanghai] | HUMPHREY MILFORD | AMEN HOUSE | E.C. 4 | [price? clipped on only copy seen]


The price noted in the Bibliography, but unknown if on the DJ, was 12s. 6d.

My copy does not have the coat of arms on the title page - instead it has an "about the author" blurb. This agrees with Hammond's description. So I think the coat of arms does not appear on the DJ cover either, based on this.

My blurb says
Author of 'An Analytical History of England'
Twenty-eight years Head of the English & History
Department of the Huddersfield Technical College
now Emeritus Lecturer in English


You only have 13 addresses, Hammond mentions 14.

Also the publisher addresses are noted as on the front flap, not the rear.

Also, I wonder if we can recreate the list of 5 books advertised on the rear cover, based on publishing data from OUP at this time.
Mar 26
(edited)
My copy does have the gild coat of arms on the binding, but it is very small and you need a magnifying glass to see the detail, I agree that it was probably not on the dustjacket, as if it was at the same size you still can not easily read it.


Urulókë said
My copy does not have the coat of arms on the title page - instead it has an "about the author" blurb. This agrees with Hammond's description. So I think the coat of arms does not appear on the DJ cover either, based on this.


I think that the coat of arms was on the binding of some copies of the book, not the title page.
Mar 26
(edited)
Thanks to everyone for commenting. I hadn't realised Wayne's information in the Bibliography was so comprehensive. With that and the images, this should be a breeze

I've been supplied scans of a 1928 jacket also with the addresses, but slightly different formatting (no uppercase, and italicised), so will go with that, as I have two 1928 examples that appear to be in that format. Educated guesswork.

Urulókë - Paris is the missing address, by the way.

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Mar 26
Stu,

Have you contacted the Oxford University Press to see if they have an original copy with the dustjacket?

onlinequeries.uk@oup.com

No harm in trying?
Mar 26

Trotter wrote:
Stu,

Have you contacted the Oxford University Press to see if they have an original copy with the dustjacket?

onlinequeries.uk@oup.com

No harm in trying?


Not a bad plan. Will get a first draft of this version out (as as easy enough to do) and then do so.
Mar 26
Will be more like this rough layout then, I think

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Mar 26
Stu, how are you creating these? Using scans only or are you typesetting some of it?
Mar 26

Khamûl wrote:
Stu, how are you creating these? Using scans only or are you typesetting some of it?


Typesetting all of it. Scanning is too much of a faff to clean up (and I'd inevitably end up with mixed fonts for the bits I couldn't scan). Cleaner to have it all consistent.
Mar 26
That's all I have time to do this morning. Need to do some actual work..

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Mar 26
Another thought was whether the copies at the British Library have jackets. That's something else for me to chase, probably.

Moved addresses to front-flap, per Hammond and the other 1928 examples (later books moved that to the rear, which is why I had it there).

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