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Title and contents page of Edward Randolph (1909) by The Prince Society.

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Octopus fingers

As we still do today, medieval readers liked to mark, with a pen, passages they deemed important, useful or entertaining. While we tend to draw a thin vertical line next to the text, in medieval books this practice is often far less subtle. The pages above are from a 14th-century book with Cicero’s Paradoxa stoicorum. A reader from the 15th century was apparently very fond of this text. As he read it he marked important passages in a variety of ways. The two above are most remarkable: in one case he drew an octopus whose wide-spread tentacles “grab” an important passage; in the other he drew a variation on the widely-used pointing finger: a hand whose long fingers are twisting and turning in an attempt to mark a long passage. The parallel between the two is striking: the tentacles are like fingers, the fingers like tentacles.

Pic: Berkeley, Bancroft Library, BANC MS UCB 085 (Italy, 1350-1400). More information about the manuscript here.


It being now indispensibly necessary, that every female seminary should have its favourite instructor; and this sage man is all the rage. There is an old saying “If you’ll scratch my elbows I’ll scratch your &c;” or in other words, “one good turn deserves another;”


The new monk, a romance, by R.S.

It being now indispensibly necessary, that every female seminary should have its favourite instructor; and this sage man is all the rage. There is an old saying “If you’ll scratch my elbows I’ll scratch your &c;” or in other words, “one good turn deserves another;”

The new monk, a romance, by R.S.


 * The above diagram will explain itself, as an attempt to express to the eye the aspect in which the Vocabulary is here presented, and also some of the relations of its elements typical and aberrant.

A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (vol 1), Founded Mainly on the materials collected by the Philological Society, edited by James A. H. Murray with the assistance of many scholars and men of science (1888).

 * The above diagram will explain itself, as an attempt to express to the eye the aspect in which the Vocabulary is here presented, and also some of the relations of its elements typical and aberrant.

A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (vol 1), Founded Mainly on the materials collected by the Philological Society, edited by James A. H. Murray with the assistance of many scholars and men of science (1888).

Handwritten French library ownership card and colour and converted-to-monochrome marbling on the inside front cover of A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson (1768).

Handwritten French library ownership card and colour and converted-to-monochrome marbling on the inside front cover of A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson (1768).