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Class Struggle

This hasn’t happened in my library yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it did….

by flickr user .michael.newman.

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Probably not going to be a reality show at any point, but there are a lot of Really Big Manuscripts out there which one normally doesn’t get to see. One notorious breed of super huge manuscripts are what my coworker refers to as “Filzas,” or large books of Italian accounts and legal documents from the Renaissance. She works on the majority in our collection, which are Italian, but sometimes Latin ones pop up and then I get put to work. Here’s one from the Gondi, Medici, and Machiavelli families:

Gondi family Filza of huge proportions

Gondi and Machiavelli family Filza of huge proportions

To show an idea of the scale, I used an Official Measurement Tool:

Chapstick vs. Machiavelli

Chapstick vs. Machiavelli

While most of this was just a collection of wills, inheritances, and family accounts, one page had a decoration by a bored scribe on it:

Machiavelli face

Machiavelli face

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Vernon, NJ

I took a vacation for about 10 days in northern New Jersey, in a small town called Vernon.
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I was charged with caring for: two rats, three cats, a small pond of fish, a deer and her two fauns, two squirrels, and two finches. Located in the middle of the mountains, it rained once a day but was incredibly green and lovely.

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One of my projects this summer was to examine some “hybrid books” (a printed book with some manuscript – handwritten – sections) and describe the manuscript portions. Most/all of these can’t even be found in any kind of online catalog, only in the card catalog in the Rare Book room, and even they will only make passing mention of the manuscripts within the hybrid books.

The first one I dealt with was especially interesting – the printed book was the Speculum Perfectionis by Henricius de Herpf (1524), but bound around it was a collection of poetry by Denis Faucher (Dionysius Faucherius) from ca. 1530-50. Here’s what makes this manuscript more interesting than an ordinary manuscript (click for larger versions):

Vigilance in Virtue

Vigilance in Virtue

And two pages later….

Inevitability of Death

Inevitability of Death

Fun stuff! Here are some more pictures from these hybrid books, with descriptions in the individual pages:

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Snowstorm in N.E.

The big snowstorm has hit, and already in some areas of the yard we have 10 inches of wet, snowball snow. We lost power for a good three hours, during which time my mother and I had to resort to playing Scrabble (I won, 317 to 184), and she viciously berated me for being a terrible daughter for playing words like “dog” that would then get something like 36 points.

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Back on the Cape

Yesterday I took the train from Philly to Cape Cod – the rain kind of destroyed any hope of nice scenery, but I got a couple of pictures of NYC through the mist, and also one of the feet of the little girl in the seat ahead of me.

The rain we had yesterday turned to ice in northern Massachusetts and NH and Maine, but here it thankfully stayed just rain, but very nearly caused the local river and dam to flood. Click on the pictures to enlarge and enter GALLERYVIEW!

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Well, not really Christmas. Yesterday the roommate and I went to Rittenhouse Square to see the tree-lighting. The promise of booths and fun was sort of ruined by the rain – there ended up being about two booths, 50-odd people, and a somewhat disappointing tree, although there were some good times had thanks to free felt, jingly elf hats and 3D glasses. Past the break includes some kitten videos, and holiday pictures. (more…)

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