|Posted by Baronbern on August 30, 2010 at 10:29 AM|
This website is really a tribute to William Todd and Ann Bowden. I already owned a good number of Tauchnitz Editions before I ever came across Todd & Bowden. At the time though I was more interested in the Albatross Editions, which became a part of the Tauchnitz story only towards the end, and it was only when I first discovered the Todd & Bowden bibliography, that I started to take a greater interest in Tauchnitz.
They made it possible to start to identify, with at least a reasonable degree of accuracy, whether volumes were first printings or reprints. They also listed the known copies in existing collections around the world, and by exception, the considerable number of volumes, of which there was no known copy in first printing in any collection. In the 20 years since then my own collection has grown to well over 3000 copies in first printing, as far as can be determined, and many of those missing volumes have now been tracked down. I aim to record on this website, some of what I’ve learned over that period, and in so doing, add to the work of Todd & Bowden.