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A new copy of Foxe's Actes and Monuments
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A new copy of Foxe's Actes and Monuments

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Georgianna Ziegler

The Folger Shakespeare Library already has two copies of John Foxe’s Actes and Monuments, published in 1570, so why would we want another, especially as it is only volume 1, of a two-volume set? The answer provides a good example…

Folger Tooltips: Digital image database logins and media groups
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Folger Tooltips: Digital image database logins and media groups

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Jim Kuhn

Dear Fellow Collators: Today’s post focuses once again on powerful but perhaps under-utilized features of our digital image databases. Recent tips have dealt with saving static URLs to get back to previous searches or to individual images, and saving static…

The Return of the Prodigal Painting(s)
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The Return of the Prodigal Painting(s)

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Erin Blake

I’d guess that few people look at Appendix III in the back of William L. Pressly, Catalogue of Paintings in the Folger Shakespeare Library (Yale University Press, 1993). Appendix III is unillustrated, not very detailed, and rather depressing: it’s the list…

Second Thoughts on Second Editions. The Dutch Fingerprint (Part II)
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Second Thoughts on Second Editions. The Dutch Fingerprint (Part II)

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Goran Proot

In my previous Collation post I explained what a bibliographic fingerprint is and how it works. The examples I will discuss in this post will demonstrate how useful the fingerprint is to compare copies remotely and to identify title editions…

An exercise in collaborative editing: Anthony Bagot's letters and Nathaniel Bacon's pirate depositions
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An exercise in collaborative editing: Anthony Bagot's letters and Nathaniel Bacon's pirate depositions

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Heather Wolfe

As part of their paleography training, my paleography students always spend a bit of each afternoon working in pairs on transcriptions. It gives them a break from being in the “spotlight” as we go around the room reading manuscripts line…

embroidered bindings
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embroidered bindings

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Sarah Werner

So last week’s crocodile mystery was nailed by Aaron Pratt within a half-hour of my posting: what you see below is, as he notes, an embroidered binding depicting David and Goliath and covering a Book of Psalms, in this instance,…

"What manner o' thing is your crocodile?": October edition
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"What manner o' thing is your crocodile?": October edition

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The Collation

Once again, given the vagaries of The Collation’s schedule and upcoming federal holidays, I’m posting the next month’s crocodile mystery at the end of this month. So don’t worry about how quickly the year is flying by: it is still September…

Folger Tooltips: Digital Image URLs, part two
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Folger Tooltips: Digital Image URLs, part two

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Jim Kuhn

an early modern workspace Dear Readers: This post is a continuation of the last tooltip on digital image URLs. The last post discussed how to link via a static URL to a luna.folger.edu search result set, how to link to…

Early modern book history: it's not just for English majors
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Early modern book history: it's not just for English majors

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Sarah Werner

Every seminar I teach on early modern book history, I like to start with a class asking what is book history? We read Robert Darnton’s essay, of course, along with pieces from D. F. McKenzie and Roger Chartier, along with…

Elizabeth goes to New York
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Elizabeth goes to New York

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Erin Blake

On September 5, two professional art handlers from Artex Fine Art Services loaded a great big wooden crate onto their climate-controlled box truck, strapped it securely into the rear cargo area, then strapped my little suitcase next to it. The…

Detective Work: The Dutch Fingerprint (Part I)
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Detective Work: The Dutch Fingerprint (Part I)

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Goran Proot

Previous Collation posts may convince even the most skeptical reader that bibliographic work often requires detective work. In some cases, this may involve bibliographers to take fingerprints. Fingerprints are regularly used by bibliographers to find out whether or not two…

Printer's waste or endleaf?
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Printer's waste or endleaf?

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Heather Wolfe

Last week’s crocodile mystery concerned the nature of a fragment of paper used to repair a letter from Thomas Cromwell to Nicholas Wotton written in 1539. This mystery is probably not the first, or the last, time that our answers…

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