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August 13, 2011

The serendipity of the unexpected

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The best thing about old books, I think, is their longevity and the traces of the history that they carry with them. Inscriptions, marginalia, doodles, vandalism, erasures, cutting out images and leaves -- none of those are captured if your focus is solely on the text, and all of them have something to tell us about how a book was used. -- Sarah Werner サ books, early modern culture, libraries, readers

Posted by Vanderleun at August 13, 2011 10:31 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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