The art of being very annoyed, very politely

Found -- this rather unusual author's notice in a copy of the 1885 edition of George Long's translation of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. It is printed where the frontispiece should be.  A little digging reveals the following.

The first edition of Long's translation was published in 1862.  By 1864 a pirated edition appeared by Ticknor & Fields, Boston. Long's notice appeared first in the 1869 British 2nd edition published by Bell & Daldry, London, and was still appearing several printings later in 1885.

Long's consideration of a Confederate dedication to a pirated Union publication is an excellent example of being politely very rude, and his opening paragraph pure stoicism!

[Submitted by P.Hatcher / Many thanks]

3 thoughts on “The art of being very annoyed, very politely

  1. Anonymous

    The publishing house was TicknOR & Fields of Boston, Massachusetts, namesake of the prestigious Ticknor Society, a book collecting fellowship on Beacon Hill.
    A loyal reader and pedantic Bostonian

  2. Mumpsimus

    Regarding the inscription: googling turns up an E.D. Mansfield who was "Assistant Master at Clifton College, Bristol, UK." in the 19th Century, and who co-authored a Primer of Greek Grammar which is apparently still in use (reprinted in 1977).


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *