For a while, I've hinted that I've been contributing to a project to reprint out-of-print classical and medieval texts that are of hidden value, sometimes even in their original languages. I've worked on this project for a while and now it's live and you can browse the first five books available.
See the site at https://lindypress.net. All works have been reformatted in XeLaTeX so that the text is grade-A in readability and has nice little flourishes to make it a little more elegant. A lot of other reprinting companies have their work done with less care.
Here are a list of the books available now:
- Marcus Aurelius's Meditations (in English): a personal log that Emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius kept. This is still commonly read as a kind of a book of proverbs and motivation, and is the only book of these where you can commonly find other reprints of this book, but they usually have textual errors and aren't as nice. This is a pocket book, making it easy to port around and read leisurely.
- Antimodernist Papal Encyclicals (in English): A collection of six major Catholic writings against liberalism, modernism, communism and for the chastity of marriage and the economic model now called "distributism."
- The Books of Enoch and the Book of Jubilees: Hard to find extra-Biblical books on the esoteric life and ascension of Enoch, the Nephilim, the true story of the Flood and much more, all well-formatted, translated from Ge'ez, Slavonic and Hebrew and in one volume.
- Isidore of Seville's book on Etymologies (in Latin): an encyclopedia was used as a textbook for centuries in late antiquity and the middle ages. It's a great compendium of information on every topic and is a 400+ page hardback which can still be openned and read at any point. I recommend this even more strongly for Latin-learners because it's written in the simplest and clearest prose and is instructive in nature and will help people acquire vocabulary while practicing the language. Might even be a good choice for an intermediate Latin class.
- Roger Bacon's Compendium Studii Theologiae (in Latin): It's extremely hard to find any prints of Roger Bacon's philosophical, theological or alchemical works, so this is the first I've prepared for reprinting. I'll soon finish his Opus Tertium as well. CST is a another portable pocket book.
Check out the site for more information.
The site accepts either credit cards or Bitcoin/Monero/Ethereum for payment. It works with the lightning network too.
(Note that this uses a print-on-demand service, so you might take a couple days to print your books.)
I will make this site known on my YouTube channel in several days, but for now, you can browse and get what you want.
There are many other books already in the works, but email me with suggestions for more if you have them.
I really want to focus on things that are nearly impossible to find in print in a presentable way. Compilations are also possible, similar to the encyclical compilation.