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Questions about misprints and typographical errors (real or suspected) in books.

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What is "taughtly aristocratic"?

I was just introduced to the sci-fi short story "The Jackson Killer", thanks to this ID answer on another site. It can be read freely online at the Internet Archive. One of the paragraphs ...
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What did Virginia Woolf mean by "walked on the past the flower–bed" in Kew Gardens?

From Virginia Woolf's short story "Kew Gardens": They walked on the past the flower-bed, now walking four abreast, and soon diminished in size among the trees and looked half transparent as ...
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"particles, photons and quants" - a typo in "The Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"?

In my copy of The Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, it says: Within that context of thought, ghosts and spirits are quite as real as atoms, particles, photons and quants are to a modern man. ...
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Typographical inconsistency in James Joyce's "Araby"

Sorry if this a fussy question, but in teaching "Araby" I have found that there is an inconsistency between editions that must be a typo, but I can't figure out which version is correct. Just after ...
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Why does my copy of "Jude the Obscure" use 'part first' instead of 'first part' or something like that?

I recently procured a copy of Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy. Upon opening it, something struck me as odd: It says 'part first' instead of 'first part' or 'part one'. I've never seen this before, ...
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In Huxley's Island, what is a "bass thurible?"

And now incense was burned in a bass thurible. The old priest held up his two hands for silence, and through a long pregnant time of the most perfect stillness the thread of gray incense smoke ...
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