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

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Okay, folks, it’s time for another crocodile mystery. It’s pretty obvious, I think, what genre of thing this is (though do go ahead and identify it anyway), so let’s take this to the next level: what specifics can you supply…

Learning to "read" old paper
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Learning to "read" old paper

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Erin Blake

Have you ever wished there were a summer camp for bookish grown-ups? A retreat where we can spend a week amongst our own and not worry about being teased for loving libraries or getting hit in the glasses by a…

Bell's nightmare continued
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Bell's nightmare continued

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Carrie Smith

This post is a continuation of “John Bell, bibliographic nightmare.” I began to write these posts while entrenched in the difficult task of cataloging the library’s myriad copies of Bell’s 18th-century Shakespeare publications as a means of sharing a look into…

Pew-hopping in St. Margaret's Church
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Pew-hopping in St. Margaret's Church

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Heather Wolfe Kathleen Lynch

Manuscripts of unusual shapes and sizes are always fun to investigate, and we recently had the opportunity to reevaluate a particularly large and interesting one, a ca. 1600 “pew plan” written on a piece of parchment (Folger MS X.d.395), in…

Binding clasps
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Binding clasps

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Sarah Werner

Some close observation and deductive reasoning led commenters in the right direction in solving the June crocodile mystery. Here’s image that I posted last week, with a bit more context: With that bit of the surrounding context, it’s much clearer…

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

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This month’s crocodile mystery will hopefully be less mysterious than last month’s, which was a bit unclear as to what you were meant to be focusing on. Take a gander at the picture below, keeping in mind, as always, that the…

John Bell, bibliographic nightmare
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John Bell, bibliographic nightmare

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Carrie Smith Sarah Werner

Some books are more challenging than others; some bibliographic questions are more complicated than others. This is the first of two posts that looks at a particularly challenging cataloging question. Today’s post will set up the challenge; the next one…

Folger Tooltips: new cover-to-cover items in our Digital Image Database
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Folger Tooltips: new cover-to-cover items in our Digital Image Database

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Jim Kuhn

  Additions to our Cover-to-cover series have made their way into the Digital Image Database in recent weeks. Among items you can now view in their entirety online are:  Our first fully-digitized Second Folio. Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Mr. VVilliam Shakespeares…

Thomas Shelton's shorthand version of the Lord's Prayer
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Thomas Shelton's shorthand version of the Lord's Prayer

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Heather Wolfe

Commenters to last week’s post, Heirloom apples and pears, anyone?, correctly identified the shorthand text found in Henry Oxinden’s miscellany (Folger MS V.b.110) as the Lord’s Prayer written out according to Thomas Shelton’s method of shorthand, called tachygraphy. Below is…

Colored print or color print?
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Colored print or color print?

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Erin Blake

Consider the following physical description in Hamnet, the Folger’s online catalog (it’s for an edition of Anna Jameson’s Characteristics of women, also published as Shakespeare’s heroines): xl, 340 p., leaves of plates : col. ill. ; 28 cm. The first…

Heirloom apples and pears, anyone?
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Heirloom apples and pears, anyone?

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Heather Wolfe

We’ll begin with another crocodile-style challenge in this post, from a manuscript miscellany compiled by Henry Oxinden (or Oxenden) (1609-1670) of Barham, Kent, Folger MS V.b.110. Here’s a detail from p. of the miscellany: Can anyone identify what this text…

A book's fingerprints
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A book's fingerprints

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Sarah Werner

Last week’s crocodile mystery may have been a bit too mysterious, but I hope that today’s post will inspire you to look for similar mysteries on your own. Here’s a close-up detail of what I was asking about: As with…

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