The proofs of Book of Ed entered the house today. It was quite annoying to find that, after both I and the copy-editor had been through the damn thing with a fine-toothed comb, somebody has made the decision to re-key it, introducing a whole new level of error. One blooper is worthy of posterity I think: I have footnoted the text with things I darkly suspect most people no longer know, such as, for instance, obsolete coinage. The result, re-keyed, was in one case, this:
Pictures were priced in Guiness — that is, units of £1 1s.
It does at least suggest that the note was necessary in the first place … and mind you, Ed being Ed, and not exactly worldly, one wouldn’t be at all surprised to find that he was getting people to pay him in Guinness.