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More Marginalia!

As promised, a few more interesting examples of marginalia from Special Collections history of printing collection. A reader has drawn smiling suns casting shadows on a castle in the astronomy textbook Sphaera Mundi, printed by Henri Estienne in 1511. Inscriptions and doodles from multiple generations of owners of a 1608 copy of Pliny’s Natural History …

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Marginalia is the term for the jottings, scribbles, doodles, annotations and notes readers make in the margins of their books. Though ranging from the mundane to the insightful (and sometimes even entertaining), these markings provide evidence of books’ use and readers’ interactions with a given text. For some antiquarian books there may even be evidence …

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