RSA 2016

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Jason Scott-Warren

Josuah Sylvester, book with spectacles Robert Nicolson -- about 20 books with his annotations

dial of dayes -- creating a book in it

harriet phillips

-- john selden -- collecting broadsides, later absorbed into pepys collection

first dedicated collections of broadsides begin being compiled in 1620s

juliet fleming

gleaning --scraping away what belongs to others in early period

heidegger -- gleaning, lesen, relatedsting as to lego, legere -- to read; harvesting as gathering, collecting

reading as opening up different collecting practices

Victoria Burke

women extracting from Herbert, Quarles, More

Mary Weber -- extracted from Quarles, Herbert, More

Sarah Cowper

Paul Dyck

commonplace book of John Gibson (BL Add MS 37719)2

herbert's "affliction" -- problem of a repeated title; are they repeated title, or repeated poems?

paper panel

tim barrett:

"chancery papermaking" on youtube

reduction of gelatin over time; but still being used after 1500

peachey, "book block beating":

archaeology of medieval bookbinding

sizing happening at binders, not by papermakers

checking whether ink is above or below gelatin content -- indicates whether sizing happened at the binders

Josh Calhoun:

fiction that we move from animal substrate (parchments to plant substrate (paper) in shift to print

unsized books less likely to survive and less likely to have manuscript annotations

"biotic interactions"

we presuppose presence of pen and paper make possible annotating -- but paper and paper sizing is more important;

pen trials may more accurately be called "paper trials"

sinking, spongey paper

can't do a history of reading through annotations without

Peter Stallybrass:

erasable notebooks; portability, pockability -- use of stylus or graphite rather than ink

myths of book history:

  • paper was expensive in the Renaissance -- single shee to f writing paper about .15d from 1570s to 1640s; 4d for a quire; more expensive in england than france or low countries
  • paper was wasted on a massive scale -- not everything is covered in notes -- letters written on large bifolium, lots of blank space
  • binding -- shipped in sheets, but regional booksellers are typically bound up two or three copies in advance of any sale, and bound up more of these copies were sold -- custom binding is not usual but unusual

people buying parchment and string at the same time, for filing

erasable paper notebooks bound in edition binding -- their "makers" were usually binders

Robert Triplet, Writing Tables (1604)

Jan Snoeck portrait by Jan Gossaert

are entire genres of books lost because they were printed on unsized paper and didn't survive?

"localized sizing" -- using pounce to make unsized paper writable -- book owner treating book in certain places

ann blair

mdz -- digital library

printing for preservation -- fear of loss of ancient sources

printing as working tool

foldout table with lords prayer in 22 languages

zb zurich -- thesaurus practicae medicinae -- cutting together pieces from mss to creates printers copy

blue crow -- gessner thanks fabricius

"cold call" dedications

wrote more dedications than books

grafton, matthew parker --