Checking "Matthew", "Mark", "Luke", and/or "John" will add the excerpts from each respective checked book across the entire opening (i.e. every colored layer shown above). Use the radio buttons above to identify which of these excerpts comes from an individual chapter (dashed border). Each cut-out piece is draggable.

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About this Prototype

You're looking at two pages (sequence 36 through 37) of a Gospel Harmony made at the Anglican community of Little Gidding around 1630. This book, the earliest extant Harmony, is now held in Houghton Library at Harvard University (A 1275.5). It has been digitized in full through a grant from the Episcopal Women's History Society. This website is the first draft of a prototype for a digital facsimile "edition" of this Harmony.

The book you see here was made by cutting up the four gospel accounts of Christ's life, then pasting them back together into a single, linear account, divided into 150 chapters. This opening shows the end of Chapter 36 through the beginning of Chapter 40. It also contains an image, cut out from the Vita, Passio, et Resurrectio Iesu Christi, a collection of plates published by Adriaen Collaert, after Maarten de Vos. If you zoom into the bottom left corner of the recto, you will also see King Charles I's annotation. Charles borrowed the volume from the community on his progress north after hearing about the extraordinary books being made at Little Gidding. For more about the Harmonies and Little Gidding, please see my blog post, "FAQs on the Little Gidding Harmonies."

This website has been designed and built by Whitney Trettien using HTML, CSS, XML, Javascript, and jQuery, with some help from the freely available jQuery plugin Elevate Zoom and from the Image Markup Tool, a free annotation tool developed at the University of Victoria. Parts of this prototype are held together with duct tape and chewing gum, resulting in a rather heavy, unwieldy beast. In the next phase, I will begin 1) tweaking functionalities and 2) streamlining and packaging the code, to obviate detailed customization on every page.

For more on this prototype, see my blogpost "Towards a Prototype of a Digital Harmony." Comments are welcome. Email me at: whitney [dot] trettien [at] duke [dot] edu.