The first English translation of Orosius was made by I.W.Raymond and published in 1936. It’s probably still in copyright in the USA, unfortunately, which keeps it off the web. A later translation exists in the Fathers of the Church series.
Someone wrote to me about Orosius today. Apparently he is the first writer to mention the term “Asia minor”. This led me to look again at the copyright.
When did Raymond die? (he was born in 1898, according to COPAC) A google search led me to an obituary in the St. Petersburg Times, August 11, 1964:
NEW YORK — Dr Irving Woodworth Raymond, 65, professor of history at Brooklyn college here, died Monday at his home in York Harbor, Maine.
Isn’t Google books wonderful? I remarked yesterday how the British Library, in putting newspapers online, made sure to charge for access; Google gives it to us for free, and we all benefit.
Sadly it looks as if his work won’t come out of copyright in the EU (life+70 years) until 2034, by which time I will be dead myself, I suspect. In countries with life+50 years, that reduces to 2014. And I can’t tell you when it comes out of copyright in the US, as I don’t understand the current situation; publication + 95 years, i.e. 2031?
What a mess this copyright law is! Who benefits from keeping this offline?