The vagaries of Google Book search

Goddamn I love free books!
Yes free. Download em if you doubt me.

For instance: The Causes of the French Revolution by Lord John Russell (Longman, London, 1832) is available free for download here. Which is kinda crazy. Of course as we mentioned before you can get the text already on Gutenberg but this is a whole different ballgame. Or maybe its the game changer.

You can also easily download the History of the Girondists: Or, Personal Memoirs of the Patriots of the French Revolution, By Alphonse de Lamartine (H.G. Bohn, London??, 1853) and if you want to it is here.

But I did say vagaries (I had to check that. I was pretty sure I knew what it meant but just in case).
Sadly the one I really want is The History of the French Revolution, By Adolphe Thiers (A. Hart, Philadelphia, 1850) and all I can get is this! It seems strage for a book published in 1850 and even Thiers, though long lived (he died in 1877) died outside of the window for public domain works!

Oh well. I’ll take the free stuff for now and get the rest when I can!

2 thoughts on “The vagaries of Google Book search

  1. There must be some other reason why the Thiers isn’t available, because surely the current copyright term is the author’s lifetime + 70, and we’re well outside that.

  2. Cas,
    Yeah it is an annoyance and something o have noticed before. Google seems reluctant tto release books for full view in Europe even when they are cleared in America. I know that the law is slightly different here than there but there can be no question that this book is in the clear!
    Oh Well

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