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Marginalia Monday, with Manicules!
Annotations are not uncommon in our collections, but the reader of this copy of a 1541 tract by Martin Luther is less restrained than many.  The pamphlet has large, flowing annotations throughout and numerous pointing hands, or manicules.  (Our student assistants have dubbed these markings “finger guns.”)
A modern reader might assume that the ‘no’s suggest disagreement with the text, but they are likely manuscript abbreviations for “nota.”
Notice also the unfortunate, later trimming of the text block, obscuring some of the marginalia.

Finger guns
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muspeccoll:

hdslibrary:

Marginalia Monday, with Manicules!
Annotations are not uncommon in our collections, but the reader of this copy of a 1541 tract by Martin Luther is less restrained than many.  The pamphlet has large, flowing annotations throughout and numerous pointing hands, or manicules.  (Our student assistants have dubbed these markings “finger guns.”)
A modern reader might assume that the ‘no’s suggest disagreement with the text, but they are likely manuscript abbreviations for “nota.”
Notice also the unfortunate, later trimming of the text block, obscuring some of the marginalia.

Finger guns
Zoom Info

muspeccoll:

hdslibrary:

Marginalia Monday, with Manicules!

Annotations are not uncommon in our collections, but the reader of this copy of a 1541 tract by Martin Luther is less restrained than many.  The pamphlet has large, flowing annotations throughout and numerous pointing hands, or manicules.  (Our student assistants have dubbed these markings “finger guns.”)

A modern reader might assume that the ‘no’s suggest disagreement with the text, but they are likely manuscript abbreviations for “nota.”

Notice also the unfortunate, later trimming of the text block, obscuring some of the marginalia.

Finger guns