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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 694.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2001 11:20:51 +0000
             From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
             Subject: A collational Comet

    In late 1999, the University of Virginia bibliographical community had what
    may have been a unique chance to see four different mechanical text
    collators in action in the same room: the Hinman Collator, the Lindstrand
    Comparator, the McLeod Portable Collator, and Hailey's Comet. Astoundingly,
    this event was covered by the local press: see


    Here is further news on the local collational front:

    Carter Hailey announces that, in response to a request from the Oxford
    Spenser edition, he will be building a run of his COMET portable optical
    collators in March 2001. Employing a system of dual bookshelves and a pair
    of flexibly mounted mirrors, the collator permits the side-by-side
    comparison of two copies of a book or other document in order to detect
    variation. The COMET is small, lightweight (with the smaller stand about 20
    lbs., a bit more for the large stand), and easy to adjust once you get the
    hang of it. It has been used successfully in dozens of institutions
    in both the US and the UK including the Folger, Huntington, Bodleian, and
    Cambridge University Libraries. It is currently being used by the Cambridge
    Jonson edition, and the Oslo Ibsen edition.

    The COMET is available with the smaller bookstands (14" x 10") at $750,
    with the larger stands (19" x 10") at $825, and with both for $975, plus
    shipping. Detailed illustrations and instructions for assembly and use are

    For further information, telephone or write

               Mr Carter Hailey
               2110 Rivermont Avenue
               Lynchburg, VA 24503
               Phone 804/528-1564; email quarto1550@aol.com


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