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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)

manuscrito iluminado

manuscrito iluminado

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

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 line…

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 line…

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British Library, Stowe 49 (14th century). British Library, Stowe MS 49, fol. 122r (c. 1300

British Library, Stowe 49 (14th century). British Library, Stowe MS 49, fol. 122r (c. 1300

15th century bookmark with column indicator

15th century bookmark with column indicator

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)

Antique Japanese stab bound book with hand-written text, circa 1778

Antique Japanese stab bound book with hand-written text, circa 1778

An unusual example is seen in Fig. 3, which shows heart-shaped bookmarks that could be clipped onto a page. Interestingly, they were cut out of a thirteenth-century manuscript with a Middle Dutch saint’s life.  SMART MEDIEVAL BOOKMARKS | 22 Sept 2014 | Amsterdam, Universiteitsbibliotheek, MSS I G 56-57 (13th century)

An unusual example is seen in Fig. 3, which shows heart-shaped bookmarks that could be clipped onto a page. Interestingly, they were cut out of a thirteenth-century manuscript with a Middle Dutch saint’s life. SMART MEDIEVAL BOOKMARKS | 22 Sept 2014 | Amsterdam, Universiteitsbibliotheek, MSS I G 56-57 (13th century)

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