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Schott's Miscellany 6 August 2009

The U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the first use of nuclear warfare (1945)


STRIKEOUT NUMBER

It is common for books to have strikeout numbers printed on their copyright page:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (or, sometimes) 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2

The purpose of these numbers is to indicate the impression, or printing, from which the book came. The lowest number visible indicates the book's impression. (The term strikeout comes from the practice of literally scratching the numbers from the printing plate at successive impressions.) So, if on the strikeout line the lowest number is 1, the book is a first printin; if it is 5, it is a fifth; and so on.


Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.
Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953)
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