[Ads-l] EEBO

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 4 19:14:37 UTC 2015

Bill Mullins kindly pointed out that the transcriptions of the Early
English Books Online database are now available to all. Recently, I
was examining some lines from a translation by John Dryden of the "The
Aeneid" and encountered a word that seems to be incorrectly

Year: 1697
Title: The works of Virgil containing his Pastorals, Georgics and
Aeneis : adorn'd with a hundred sculptures / translated into English
verse by Mr. Dryden.
Publication Info: Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan, Digital
Library Production Service.
Quote Page: 336.
(Early English Books Online; Text Transcription)


[Begin excerpt]
All obstinate to dye, or gain the Race.
Rais'd with Success, the Dolphin swistly ran,
(For they can Conquer who believe they can:)
[End excerpt]

The page images from EEBO are not publicly available. Yet, I suspect
that the line about the dolphin should be the following:

[Begin correction]
Rais'd with Success, the Dolphin swiftly ran,
[End correction]

Some editions in Google Books contain the word "swiftly".
It seems odd that page scans of very old manuscripts are still locked up.


On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 6:17 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks Bill. Great news. Thanks to the organizations that have enabled
> access to this database by the hoi polloi.
> The link in the message from you, Bill, appears to be broken, i.e.,
> split. So I've placed a short link below.
> The digital images are still locked up in the ProQuest EEBO database.
> So a transcription cannot be compared to the digital image unless you
> have proper access which is difficult to obtain.
> Date: January 27, 2015
> Article: U-M helps open more than 25,000 early English books to public
> Author: Mary Morris
> http://record.umich.edu/articles/u-m-helps-open-more-25k-early-english-books-public
> http://bit.ly/15Vao3L
> [Begin excerpt]
> The transcribed texts, as open data, are freely available for anyone
> to read, reuse, reproduce, repurpose and distribute. (ProQuest's EEBO
> image database remains available only to subscribers.)
> [End excerpt]
> The EEBO website at eebo.chadwyck.com states that "Individual pricing
> is not available". Hence, an individual researcher without some kind
> of affiliation with a major library is handicapped. Many ProQuest
> databases are hard to access.
> Garson
> On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 5:01 PM, Mullins, Bill CIV (US)
> <william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:
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