Digitized copies

PMP

On Naval Timber and Arboriculture was published jointly by Adam Black (Edinburgh) and Longman & Co (London). However, only a single edition was published. Apart from the title page, both the Adam Black and Longman & Co versions have identical page numbering and layout for all text in the book.

(Dec 2016) Project Guttenberg has released a proof-read e-book version (in various formats, including plain text). Since its been proof-read, this version lacks the image-to-text mistakes present in the machine-read versions below.

(Sept 2014) The Internet Archive has three copies of the book. Other digital archives rely on one of these three copies.

  • The Library of Congress copy (scanned by Library of Congress on 16 June 2014, Longman & Co title page) is the most recent scan, has the best image-to-text conversion (though still not perfect) and has the advantage that page numbers in the URL correspond to page numbers in the text.
  • The Harvard University copy (scanned by Google on 13 June 2007, Adam Black title page) is the next most recent scan version.
  • The Oxford University copy (scanned by Google on 31 March 2006, Longman & Co title page) is the oldest scan version.

Google Books has:

HathiTrust has:

The Biodiversity Library has:

 

Comparison of Google Books, Internet Archive & HathiTrust

For those wishing to conduct their own internet searches of digitized texts, here are some brief notes on the relative advantages of Google Books vs Internet Archive vs HathiTrust.

Google Books allows for advanced search options, and for within-volume text searches across multiple volumes. For most 19th century texts, free eBook downloads are available, but this is typically an image-only pdf of the entire volume.

Internet Archive has the weakest search options. Within-volume text searches can only be done one volume at a time. The catalogue search for volume titles often results in too many irrelevant hits, with the relevant volume you want buried towards the bottom of the list. Volume publication dates are often wrong or not given. For most 19th century texts, there are several options for downloading  the entire volume, including OCR-converted text files, but individual pages cannot be downloaded on their own.

HathiTrust allows for advanced search options, and for within-volume text searches across multiple volumes. But annoyingly, to find the relevant pages within a volume, one has to open the volume and then perform the same text search again within the volume.  And while the between-volume text search allows wildcard characters, the within-volume text search does not. For most 19th century texts, individual pages can be represented as OCR-converted text and copy-pasted to your own text file. However, unless you are a member of a participating North American university, downloading of the full volume in any format is not allowed.