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The History of Marginalia: curator's pick

04 October 2021

In the third episode of our three-part series on the history of marginalia, Des Cowley (Principal Librarian of History of the Book and Arts) and Anna Welch (Senior Librarian of History of the Book and Arts) discuss Anna's favourite example of marginalia in the Library's collection, a book from 1648 that includes a very special inscription. 

What is marginalia?

At the heart of it, marginalia are anything written around the edges of the page in a book. The video above looks at sentimental inscriptions from the past and how they can still resonate with people today.

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