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Inky Fingers

The Making of Books in Early Modern Europe

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$39.95 • £31.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674237179

Publication Date: 06/09/2020


392 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

6 illus.

Belknap Press


  • Introduction: Making Book: The Way of the Humanists
  • 1. Humanists with Inky Fingers
  • 2. Philologists Wave Divining Rods
  • 3. Jean Mabillon Invents Paleography
  • 4. Polydore Vergil Uncovers the Jewish Origins of Christianity
  • 5. Matthew Parker Makes an Archive
  • 6. Francis Daniel Pastorius Makes a Notebook
  • 7. Annius of Viterbo Studies the Jews
  • 8. John Caius Argues about History
  • 9. Baruch Spinoza Reads the Bible
  • Conclusion: What the Ink Blots Reveal
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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