Friday, 30 March 2012

H G Well’s Floor Games

Ever since my visit to the Savile Club in mid March, I have been fascinated by H G Wells' book FLOOR GAMES. So much so, that I decided to transcribe the text so that I would always have a copy.

Having done this, it struck me that others – such as some of my regular blog readers – might also like to read the text of this book. So as not to make this too long a blog entry – and so as not to exhaust possible interest before readers reach the end of the text – I have decided to publish each section of the book as a blog entry. I will include photographs where they appear in the original so that they will add to the enjoyment one gets when reading this book.

13 comments:

  1. I have the text already from Gutenberg but the images will be a very welcome addition. Thank you!

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  2. Bob,

    You might want to create a separate blog for this project instead of mixing it in with all of your other posts.


    -- Jeff

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  3. What a marvelous project Bob. I have the Gutenburg text as well but I can imagine a certain satisfaction at transcribing the book rather than just perusing it and having an illustrated version available would be great.

    I would echo Jeff's suggestion to start a linked blog or web page for this. To go farther I would suggest that you open a blog and create dummy entries for each chapter working from back to front. You can then go back and edit each page with the appropriate text and pictures. You would then end up with the whol book, in order in a format that people could export and print if they chose or to browse easily in order.

    -Ross

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  4. This is wonderful! I haven't had a chance to read this work since I found it archived in the Worcester Public Library (Massachusetts, USA)way back in 1972. Back then I had to 'ask special permission" to look at the book. And, only in the reference room. It will be good to see an old friend again. Now where is the box with my small collection of Britain guns.

    Don

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  5. Great idea. It's a lovely book, particularly The Game of the Wonderful Islands.

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  6. Don't waste your time, Bob. Here's a complete PDF of Floor Games inclding the
    illustrations:
    http://openlibrary.org/works/OL52188W/Floor_games

    Mike

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  7. Pat G,

    I think that the photographs add something to the text, which is why I have decided to put the two together.

    Read and enjoy!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  8. Bluebear Jeff and Ross Mac,

    For reasons that will become clearer in a couple of week's time, I will have to publish each chapter as a blog entry and not on a separate blog. In the fullness of time I hope to make the text into a PDF that can be downloaded from my blog.

    In the meantime, read and enjoy!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  9. Brigadier Dundas,

    Be careful! H G Wells' games can be addictive!

    Read and enjoy!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  10. Mad Carew,

    You are absolutely right! It is a wonderfully game for inspiring the imagination.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  11. Mike,

    Thanks for the link.

    For reasons I will not explain at the moment, but which will become apparent in due course, I will continue to publish each chapter as a blog entry every couple of days until I have completed the text.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  12. http://freedonianrepublic.blogspot.com/2011/09/battle-of-kempshott-drift.html

    Bob, you may recognise some of the people in the pictures on the blog above w. Maybe the could make opponents for you

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  13. Jur,

    The usual suspects ... and very suitable opponents!

    All the best,

    Bob

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