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In a recent sale catalog, one bookseller apologized for the condition of a sixteenth-century volume as "rather soiled by use." When the book was displayed the next year, the exhibition catalogue described it as "well and piously used [with] marginal notations in an Elizabethan hand [that] bring to life an early and earnest owner"; and the book's buyer, for his part, considered it to be "enlivened by the marginal notes and comments." For this collector, as for an increasing number of cultural historians and historians of the book, a marked-up copy was more interesting than one in pristine condition.William H. Sherman recovers a culture that took the phrase "mark my words" quite literally. Books from the first two centuries of printing are full of marginalia and other signs of engagement and use, such as customized bindings, traces of food and drink, penmanship exercises, and doodles. These marks offer a vast archive of information about the lives of books and their place in the lives of their readers.Based on a survey of thousands of early printed books, Used Books describes what readers wrote in and around their books and what we can learn from these marks by using the tools of archaeologists as well as historians and literary critics. The chapters address the place of book-marking in schools and churches, the use of the "manicule" (the ubiquitous hand-with-pointing-finger symbol), the role played by women in information management, the extraordinary commonplace book used for nearly sixty years by Renaissance England's greatest lawyer-statesman, and the attitudes toward annotated books among collectors and librarians from the Middle Ages to the present.This wide-ranging, learned, and often surprising book will make the marks of Renaissance readers more visible and legible to scholars, collectors, and bibliophiles.

Hardcover:

9780812240436 | Univ of Pennsylvania Pr, November 14, 2007, cover price $45.00 | About this edition: In a recent sale catalog, one bookseller apologized for the condition of a sixteenth-century volume as "rather soiled by use.

Paperback:

9780812220841 | Univ of Pennsylvania Pr, September 10, 2009, cover price $19.95

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Product Description: One of Shakespeare’s final plays, The Tempest is often considered a jewel in the canon of English literature. Mythic, impassioned characters dictate the action, all of which takes place on a moody, windswept island far from the shores of Great Britain...read more
By Peter Hulme (editor) and William H. Sherman (editor)

Hardcover:

9780812235821, titled "The Tempest" and Its Travels" | Univ of Pennsylvania Pr, October 1, 2000, cover price $65.00 | About this edition: The Tempest is a play whose meanings and influence have crossed multiple boundaries in the critical sphere.

Paperback:

9781861890665 | Reaktion Books, February 15, 2006, cover price $24.95 | About this edition: One of Shakespeare’s final plays, The Tempest is often considered a jewel in the canon of English literature.
9780812217537 | Univ of Pennsylvania Pr, September 1, 2000, cover price $34.95 | About this edition: The Tempest is a play whose meanings and influence have crossed multiple boundaries in the critical sphere.

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Product Description: This book challenges the conventional image of John Dee (1527–1609) as an isolated, eccentric philosopher. Instead, William H. Sherman presents Dee in a fresh context, revealing that he was a well-connected adviser to the academic, courtly, and commercial circles of his day.

Hardcover:

9780870239403 | Univ of Massachusetts Pr, May 1, 1995, cover price $35.00

Paperback:

9781558490703 | Univ of Massachusetts Pr, April 1, 1997, cover price $24.95 | About this edition: This book challenges the conventional image of John Dee (1527–1609) as an isolated, eccentric philosopher.

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