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The Skinny on Bad Parchment

Erik Kwakkel

Erik Kwakkel is book historian and professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Arc Humanities Press, 2018

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...Thirteenth-century strip used to repair an eleventh-century page. Leiden, UB, BPL 28, fol. 96v. Photo by the author.While the main goal of this book has been to show how the material features of manuscripts can be used to provide insight...

Footnotes Before Print

Erik Kwakkel

Erik Kwakkel is book historian and professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Arc Humanities Press, 2018

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...Interlinear compensation for omission of “beatus” in column 2 near green letter “H,” ninth century. Leiden, UB, VLQ 60, fol. 9r. With permission.As the previous chapter showed, the margins were the go-to place if you had critical...

Smart Bookmarks

Erik Kwakkel

Erik Kwakkel is book historian and professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...Revolving sliding bookmark, fourteenth (?) century. Harvard University, Houghton Library, Typ 277, unfoliated. CC 4.0 International. Source: http://hcl.harvard.edu/libraries/houghton/collections/early_manuscripts/index.cfm.As the previous...

General Introduction

Erik Kwakkel

Erik Kwakkel is book historian and professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...Leaf from Gutenberg Bible, ca. 1455. Boston, Public Library, Rare Bks Q.450.5 Folio. Public domain. Source: www.digitalcommonwealth.org. Books Before Print It is easy to forget, but there were books long before Johannes Gutenberg started...

Location, Location

Erik Kwakkel

Erik Kwakkel is book historian and professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...Donation inscription (bottom) and pressmark “ XII volumen ”(middle of page), ca. 1300. London, BL, Royal 10 E.xi, fol. 1v. CC0 1.0 Universal. Source: www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts.While marginal scribblings and bookmarks...

Second-Hand Books Before Print

Erik Kwakkel

Erik Kwakkel is book historian and professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Arc Humanities Press, 2018

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...Fifteenth-century price in thirteenth-century text (top of page). Leiden, UB, BPL 168, fol. 56v. With permission.This chapter and the next again focus on the medieval reader; not to examine how the manuscript reflects reading practices...

Drawing With Words

Erik Kwakkel

Erik Kwakkel is book historian and professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...Lindisfarne Gospels, incipit to Gospel of Matthew, ca. 710-721. London,BL, Cotton Nero D.IV, fol. 27r. CC0 1.0 Universal. Source: .www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts.This chapter introduces a very different iconographical tradition...

Hugging A Manuscript

Erik Kwakkel

Erik Kwakkel is book historian and professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...Clasp, fifteenth century. Leiden, UB, BPL 2579. Photo by the author.We will linger for a while longer in the world of the bookbinding. Wooden boards and leather covers are not the only components of a medieval binding. Sometimes readers...

The Last Page Of The Manuscript

Erik Kwakkel

Erik Kwakkel is book historian and professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Arc Humanities Press, 2018

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...Colophon by scribe at bottom of right column, expressing that he deserves a drink, fourteenth century. Leiden, UB, VLF 5, fol. 174v. Photo by the author.The last page of the book is equally telling of the manuscript’s history as its first...

The Incredible Expandable Book

Erik Kwakkel

Erik Kwakkel is book historian and professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Arc Humanities Press, 2018

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...Folding almanac, ca. 1415–1420. London, Wellcome Institute, Archives and Manuscripts, 8932. CC 4.0 International. Source: www.wellcomelibrary.org/collections/digital-collections.This section opens with a manuscript with a peculiar shape...