This paper presents an overview of the contents of the new database of written marginal notations in Portland State University’s fifteenth-century printed codex, and some of the research threads that can be taken up from a study of those notations.
The motive for this project was an interest in readership usage of the codex and the two books contained within it. It begins by discussing terms that Andi Johnson and I elected to use to tag and name different categories of features, then I discuss some of the findings and possible future research avenues that can expand on them.
Finally, in the appendix, I list written marginalia which are, at least at first glance, deviations from the norm of isolated “nota” and “nota bene.” A number of diverse hands indicate that the codex may contain marks from at least ten different readers. Also of note is an abrupt cut-off of all marginal notation on fol. 72 (of 101 fols.) of the Malleus Maleficarum, which may denote a lack of reader interest in the third section of the book.
History | Medieval History | Medieval Studies
Barnack, Samuel, "Review, Introduction, and Preliminary Documentation of Marginalia in Portland State University’s Fasciculus Temporum/Malleus Maleficarum Sammelband" (2022). Extra-Textual Elements. 9.