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Annotating books

In this video, Mark looks at annotating books.

Examining the annotations in early modern books can give us some fascinating insights into the readers of these books.

  • Take a look at this link to the Archaeology of Reading; a project which is digitizing annotations in books from the early modern period.
  • Tens of thousands of handwritten notes were left by two of the most dedicated readers of the early modern period: John Dee and Gabriel Harvey.
  • Select a book and describe in the comments below an annotation you have found.

For more information about the interleaved copy of Galen in the Edward Worth Library, Dublin, see Magdalena Koźluk and Jean-Paul Pittion, Editing Galen and Hippocrates in the Renaissance (Dublin, 2007).

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The History of the Book in the Early Modern Period: 1450 to 1800

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