I do recall reading this somewhere long ago. Ah, the sands of time. Maybe,
it was best practice rather than a rule per se. I just checked my copy of
'Hart's Rules for Compositors and Readers at the University Press Oxford'.
Must confess that I couldn't find any specific ruling on this issue but
there are numerous examples within the book showing italicised text within
parentheses - but the parentheses are not themselves italicised.
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> Subject: Re: quotation marks in italics
> E> Well the rule seems to be not to italicise parentheses enclosing
> E> italicised text,
> hmm, where did you find that rule? Although I don't obey it
> systematically, the only published rule I know is precisely
> to italicise parentheses when the whole enclosed text is in italics!
> Now, you *might* agree with Bringhurst that the correct form
> for italicised italics is to be upright... The visual
> appearance is not that different from what you tell, but
> semantically, it makes a huge
> E> Ed Burke