Project: Reproduction of
Oliver's 'History of Antigua'
-- James C. "Jim" Lynch --
Last updated - January 26, 2003
Updates - Will continue to be posted as they unfold...
- June1999 - Project sold out. Sufficient expressions of interest will generate another print run (July 2001: so far there are 2).
- April1999 - Project officially closed with 25 full sets completed and delivered. Sets were donated to the Metro Toronto Reference Library, the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, and the Antigua National Archives.
- 05Sep98 - Project officially started with circulars and press releases.
- 29Sep98 - 'Reference' binding - the Binder advises spiral-bound is not best for frequent research use. Options being advised and considered.
- 02Oct98 - 'Reference' binding will probably be a stronger version of Durabind, with laminated covers containing sheets of text / artwork.
- 13Oct98 - Printing and binding arrangements appear to be close to finalisation, so a decision on how many to print awaits a deadline for registration.
- 15Oct98 - With interest expressed in only 8 sets so far, expectations have been reduced to 50 sets, and it is expected that closure of registration will occur before the end of the year.
- 05Jan99 - Project closed. Subscription payment requests emailed and faxed, with a close-out of 29 January, 1999. At that date a decision of the number of Limited Edition sets printed will be made, and the entire unsold balance of extra sets will be made available to commercial interests.
- 14Jan99 - Despite having sent out a final notification on 5 January, another "Final final" notification was sent out to registered participants and others of the impending closure date.
- 23Jan99 - Registered participants (and others) were advised by email and fax that the prices of the Premiere and Reference sets will be raised to US$1,000 and US$900 respectively for payments received after January 29, subject to availability of extra sets printed. These prices will apply for both commercial and individual interests.
- 29Jan99 - Project subscription closed. The Limited Edition will be a run of 25 sets, of which there will be approximately 5 sets available to anyone at US$1,000 per set. Completion and shipping is expected to take place by the end of February.
- 18Feb99 - Incredibly, there were few glitches and all parts of the Project came together at the Binder's truck this morning - everything was collected with the printed pages at the print shop.
It will take me a day to visit the binder's shop on Monday (it's 3.5 hours each way on the train) with the huge load of original books (safely protected) under my arm so the craftsman can see what the end product looks like and the finishes I want to achieve.
The binder's truck visits Toronto every two weeks, so I have extended the delivery schedule to the next date - 4 March - so they can deliver the finished product to me directly. Hopefully, I can start shipping the sets the same day.
In addition, I have taken the liberty of personalising the Limited Edition flyleaf for the beginning of the book with the name of each subscriber.
- 9Mar99 - Well, I suppose it was too good to last. The carefully arranged delivery on Monday 8th. did not come about because I had to be out of town and the my building Super and the truck driver never managed to both coincide.
Delivery is now arranged for this Thursday (11th.), I WILL be here, and the books will be in the Post Office as soon as I can get them out the door.
- 11Mar99 - The sets have all been delivered to me, and now begins the task of boxing, sealing, addressing, adding all the necessary forms and mailing. While I was waiting for delivery, I have acquired two maps of Antigua, one small and one HUGE, copies of which will be delivered with each set in mailing tubes.
Thanks to Ernest Wiltshire for the small one and to Paul at Kauai Fine Arts in Hawaii for the large one (which, by the way, is so big that it comes in four sections to be taped together - the Very Large size means that it can hold an incredible amount of written detail).
- 15Mar99 - The first batch of sets are out the door and into the hands of Canada Post, mailed via Air Parcel Post. Expensive to me, but I think there have been enough delays so far and I want to see them on their way - I'm sure the owners feel the same. The processing is going quickly, and I'm pretty sure the rest of the sets will all be out the door in the next two days.
- 16Mar99 - All paid-up sets have been Air Mail-ed via Canada Post, whether to the Caribbean, UK or USA. Canadian addresses have been sent via normal parcel post, and all should arrive within two weeks at the outside.
- 30Mar99 - Feedback indicates that the purchasers are very happy with the sets, with one exception: the Index of Volume 2 has margin cut-offs. I will have the Index re-copied and circulate Supplements to be inserted in each Volume 2.
- 13Apr99 - All Supplements have been mailed out and the new sets airmailed since 5 April contain the Supplement in the box with Volume 2.
So, this Project is complete. In case you know of anyone interested, or in case you are here because you are interested yourself, the price for future sets at this time is US$1,000, which includes delivery anywhere in the world by Post Office Air Parcel Post.
Among the coming Projects will be the same author's six volumes of "Caribbeana". I am already working on getting access to the pages and making sure the re-publication covers all the details, and will circularise all who may be interested when that Project starts up. I will also post a link on my site's Home Page under the "Projects" section so you won't have to worry if you missed it.
I am also working on the 1791 Jamaica Almanack, and other rare Jamaican books are in the pipeline.
Once again, thanks to all who participated, and I look forward to justifying your trust in me again at some point in the near future.
Please feel free to direct any enquiries here or contact me in one of the following ways:
128 Snowshoe Crescent
Thornhill, ON L3T4M9
contact me by email here
Other projects (under consideration)
- Same author (V. L. Oliver)--
-- "Caribbeana" (six volumes, Octavo size)
-- "Monumental Inscriptions of the West Indies"
-- "Original Lists of Persons of Quality..." etc.,
possibly incorporating the "Omitted Chapters" into one volume.
Please Note: Suggestions for other documents deserving of reproduction would be welcomed.
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