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SMART MEDIEVAL BOOKMARKS |  By ERIK KWAKKEL | 22 Sept 2014 | Medieval manuscripts blog.  Utrecht, UB, MS 146, fol. 17r (detail)

SMART MEDIEVAL BOOKMARKS | By ERIK KWAKKEL | 22 Sept 2014 | Medieval manuscripts blog. Utrecht, UB, MS 146, fol. 17r (detail)

Octopus fingers. Berkeley, Bancroft Library, BANC MS UCB 085, Italy, 1350-1400. Erik Kwakkel's tumblr.

Octopus fingers. Berkeley, Bancroft Library, BANC MS UCB 085, Italy, 1350-1400. Erik Kwakkel's tumblr.

Book in a Box: unusual 11th-codex

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Book in a Box: unusual 11th-codex

MEDIEVAL APPS | By Erik Kwakkel | 16 Jan 2015 | Medievalbooks. | Volvelles are not the only instruments mounted onto the medieval book.  This image is a Cogwheel. Image: Oxford, Bodleian Library, Digby MS 46 (14th century)

MEDIEVAL APPS | By Erik Kwakkel | 16 Jan 2015 | Medievalbooks. | Volvelles are not the only instruments mounted onto the medieval book. This image is a Cogwheel. Image: Oxford, Bodleian Library, Digby MS 46 (14th century)

St Gall, Stiftsbibliothek, MS 360 (11th century)

St Gall, Stiftsbibliothek, MS 360 (11th century)

Bookmarks before browsers These four medieval bookmarks are 500-700 years old, yet they are smarter than what we use for our modern books - or even in our web browsers. Some just help you find your way back to a certain page, but others do so much more: they mark text column and line, in addition to the page. The lower one, for example, is like a computer that you program. Sliding it up and down, and turning its disk, means you will find your way back to a very specific place: the very ...

Bookmarks before browsers These four medieval bookmarks are 500-700 years old, yet they are smarter than what we use for our modern books - or even in our web browsers. Some just help you find your way back to a certain page, but others do so much more: they mark text column and line, in addition to the page. The lower one, for example, is like a computer that you program. Sliding it up and down, and turning its disk, means you will find your way back to a very specific place: the very ...

Bern, Burgerbibliothek, MS 234 (10th century)  medievalbooks tumbler

Bern, Burgerbibliothek, MS 234 (10th century) medievalbooks tumbler

CONSTANTINOPLE 1878 advertising bookmark for corn flour  produced by Brown & Polson's, UK

CONSTANTINOPLE 1878 advertising bookmark for corn flour produced by Brown & Polson's, UK

MSC002a    Hymnal Leaf, vellum 51 x 35 cm. Rome, before 1600. Six lines of four-stave music with Latin gothic script and illumination.

MSC002a Hymnal Leaf, vellum 51 x 35 cm. Rome, before 1600. Six lines of four-stave music with Latin gothic script and illumination.

Erik Kwakkel/Twitter: The 500-year-old book of Latin grammar in which this image is found, presents verbs accompanied by a drawing. To illustrate ”lego” (to read), a young student was drawn reading a book. With his short legs and abundance of hair, he looks eerily similar to a modern cartoon figure. Awesome.  Uppsala, University Library, C 678 (15th century). http://erikkwakkel.tumblr.com/post/61451132468/charming-medieval-cartoon-this-is-a-great-example

Erik Kwakkel/Twitter: The 500-year-old book of Latin grammar in which this image is found, presents verbs accompanied by a drawing. To illustrate ”lego” (to read), a young student was drawn reading a book. With his short legs and abundance of hair, he looks eerily similar to a modern cartoon figure. Awesome. Uppsala, University Library, C 678 (15th century). http://erikkwakkel.tumblr.com/post/61451132468/charming-medieval-cartoon-this-is-a-great-example

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