Barth in my mailbox

The new edition of Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics arrived in my mailbox yesterday. Having spent time looking over the set, T&T Clark should be congratulated for putting together a fine new edition of Barth’s classic!

cd1As presentation goes, unlike the previous paperback edition whose covers had a circus feel about them, the tones of the new set were tastefully chosen. The paper is high quality, a nice heavy-weight stock that seems comparable to the prior hardback versions. The type-setting is also pleasing to the eye which is a vast improvement – more than once I worried I might go blind reading large swaths from the earlier paperbacks! The page numbers from the last edition are in the margins (see middle right), and the editors recommend annotations be made according to them since scholarly use has drawn from the previous edition for so long. cd31The same holds true for the volume markers which are listed on the back of each new volume (e.g. CD II.2 p. 157).

The untranslated Greek, Latin and French from the last edition of CD has been rendered unobtrusively in the footnotes (see bottom right). This, together with the division of the previous 14 volumes into 31, makes the set significantly more suitable for classroom use. One could now imagine designating a sub-volume as an assigned text, whereas the price alone made this difficult before.

I have heard others say how nice it was to receive the set in its little burgundy cd21slipcases, but I would have preferred T&T Clark have skipped this little nicety. For one (note to the publisher), the burgundy dye of the slipcase bled onto the pages of the set, and the cardboard cases  were broken anyway. While I received this set as a graduation gift via the drastic prepublication markdown at Eisenbrauns (no longer available), a sweet deal can still be had at Christianbook.com. Or you can take out a second mortgage and buy them from Amazon (I won’t bother with a link).

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4 thoughts on “Barth in my mailbox

  1. That’s unfortunate that the ink bled through onto the books! Mine also arrived earlier this week and the cardboard cases were broken too.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe T&T Clark said that they don’t plan to sell the volumes individually. Thus, I’m not sure how you could use them in a classroom. If this is the case, it seems to defeat the idea of a “study guide” edition except for those who can afford/want the whole set.

  2. I received mine too. I love the digitized typeset and overall construction of the books.

    I agree about the slipcases. Mine were torn in multiple places, and, yes, the burgundy bled a little onto the top of the books. And the burgundy clashed with the pastels of the book covers (I know, a minor point). I just threw them away. They did, at least, protect the books from the crappy UPS mailmen.

  3. Kent, good to know! Thanks for your reply.

    I was reading CD I/1 (or vol 2 of the new edition) this morning and was bummed to find a few errors. On p. 147 [438], mid-way down the smaller text there is supposed to be a comma after “Neo-Nicenes.” Also, they don’t translate the Latin at the end of that paragraph. These are minor mistakes, but it does make me wonder if they missed other things too.

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