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John Dee’s IDs

25 April 2018

A signed note on the title page of Dee’s copy of the BaderbuchlinBlizzard aside, it was great to take AoR on the road for this year’s RSA in New Orleans. Some great conversations...

Defying interpretation? Topical marginalia and the history of reading

9 April 2018

At the most recent conference of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA) in New Orleans, I planned to speak about the difficulties in writing a more general history of historical reading...

Digitization and its discontents

9 February 2018

In an earlier blog, Matt Symonds discussed some losses which are inevitably part of the process of digitization. The material aspects of books in particular – their size, weight,...

Dee’s Mistakes

30 January 2018

How did John Dee make sense of what he was reading? We at AOR have the luxury of examining Dee’s annotations with the apparatus of stable critical editions, the extensive reserves...