The Resource The reader in the book : a study of spaces and traces, Stephen Orgel

The reader in the book : a study of spaces and traces, Stephen Orgel

Label
The reader in the book : a study of spaces and traces
Title
The reader in the book
Title remainder
a study of spaces and traces
Statement of responsibility
Stephen Orgel
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This work is concerned with a particular aspect of the history of the book, an archeology and sociology of the use of margins and other blank spaces. One of the most commonplace aspects of old books is the fact that people wrote in them, something that, until very recently, has infuriated modern collectors and librarians. But these inscriptions constitute a significant dimension of the book's history, and what readers did to books often added to their value. Sometimes marks in books have no relation to the subject of the book, merely names, dates, prices paid; blank spaces were used for pen trials and doing sums, and flyleaves are occasionally the repository of records of various kinds. This volume deals with that special class of books in which the text and marginalia are in intense communication with each other, in which reading constitutes an active and sometimes adversarial engagement with the book. The major examples are works that are either classics or were classics in their own time; but they are seen here as contemporaries read them, without the benefit of centuries of commentary and critical guidance. The underlying question is at what point marginalia, the legible incorporation of the work of reading into the text of the book, became a way of defacing it rather than of increasing its value - why did we want books to lose their history?
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Cataloging source
DEBSZ
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Oxford textual perspectives
Label
The reader in the book : a study of spaces and traces, Stephen Orgel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [161]-165) and index (pages [167]-171)
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  • zbnus
  • mel
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
List of illustrations -- Reading in action -- Learning Latin -- Writing from the stage -- Spenser from the margins -- Scherzo: the insatiate countess and the Puritan revolution -- Reading with the Countess of Pembroke and Montgomery -- Coda: a note from the future -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
ocn913003362
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Edition
Extent
xiv, 171 pages
Isbn
9780198737568
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
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.b33266335
System control number
  • (OCoLC)913003362
  • md33266335

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