Hi Philip,DrPGould wrote:Jordan:
In section 39 there are a number of referents to the hand drawn diagram of a bee's stinging apparatus with the points labelled a, b, c, etc.
A representative sentence is: "The sheath or case seem'd to have several joints or settings together, marked by fghiklmno, it was arm'd moreover neer the top, with several crooks or forks (pqrst) on one side..."
I am concerned that if I read that "as is" the listener will be confused. At the beginning of the reading there is a reference to "the second Figure of the XVI. Scheme" but it does not mention that the points of the figure will be referred to. My thought is to insert something like "This section references specific points on this figure by letters of the alphabet--a, b, c, etc" after the sentence mentioning the figure.
Another option is simply to delete the references (italicized in the sentence above) and just read the text (as we often do with bibliographic footnotes). There may be other options, but these three occurred to me immediately.
I'm prepared to proceed in whatever manner you think is best.
It is a good question. The book is very dependent on its diagrams. I think the best solution would be to include a link to the pictures, like with this project. As such, I think you should leave the text as it is. I feel removing the references or adding in explanations would stray too far from the original text. Because they're embedded in the text, they're not as easy to remove as a footnote would be.
Take this paragraph, for example:
It would be basically impossible to remove all those references to the diagrams.We will suppose therefore in the first Figure ACFD to be a physical Ray, or ABC and DEF to be two Mathematical Rays, trajected from a very remote point of a luminous body through an Homogeneous transparent medium LLL, and DA, EB, FC, to be small portions of the orbicular impulses which must therefore cut the Rays at right angles; these Rays meeting with the plain surface NO of a medium that yields an easier transitus to the propagation of light, and falling obliquely on it, they will in the medium MMM be refracted towards the perpendicular of the surface. And because this medium is more easily trajected then the former by a third, therefore the point C of the orbicular pulse FC will be mov'd to H four spaces in the same time that F the other end of it is mov'd to G three spaces, therefore the whole refracted pulse GH shall be oblique to the refracted Rays CHK and GI; and the angle GHC shall be an acute, and so much the more acute by how much the greater the refraction be, then which nothing is more evident, for the sign of the inclination is to the sign of refraction as GF to TC the distance between the point C and the perpendicular from G on CK, which being as four to three, HC being longer then GF is longer also then TC, therefore the angle GHC is less than GTC. So that henceforth the parts of the pulses GH and IK are mov'd ascew, or cut the Rays at oblique angles.