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Toward a History of the Manicule
This project on the textual hand-with-pointing-finger symbol—what I will call the “manicule” for reasons to be explored below—grows out of a book-in-progress called Used Books: Reading Renaissance Marginalia, which is the product of my long-standing interest in the marks that readers make in books, particularly during the first century or two after the invention of printing. As I was working on the chapter devoted to the symbols used by and for readers in marginalia, I quickly realized that the pointing hand needed a full-length essay (if not book) of its own. Trying to get a handle on the late Medieval and Renaissance uses of this almost universal symbol poses all kinds of methodological challenges; but I discovered the biggest one when I had to give this essay a title. The problem is that everyone knows what the symbol is and does when they see it, but almost nobody knows what to call it. There is no single word, in fact, that will conjure it up for everyone—and I would even suggest that it may be the most pervasive feature in the history of textual culture that does not have a standard name.
manicule  marginalia  text  symbol  history  renaissance  toread 
march 2015 by bezthomas
Shady Characters — Miscellany No. 20: On Typewriters
From the site: “For all the nostalgia bound up in the memory of the typewriter, though, it has a darker side. During the century for which it remained the writing implement of choice, those office workers and writers who tapped away ceaselessly at their keyboards were shackled by the typewriters every bit as much as they were emancipated by it.”
tn123  typedia  typography  type  typewriter  shadycharacters  keithhouston  history  interrobang  manicule  pilcrow 
december 2012 by splorp
Typedepot: Corki
From the site: “Typedepot is a "small" type design studio based in Sofia, Bulgaria and founded by Alexander Nedelev and Veronika Slavova […] our Christmas gift to all of you who supported type|depot throughout the year – a collection of four fonts coming absolutely free. Corki is condensed slab serif typeface suitable mostly for headlines. Uppercase only, in four different styles: normal, rounded and their alternatives with the so called ‘tuscan’ styled serifs. Latin and Cyrillic script, plus two different manicules and various arrows.”
tn73  typedia  typography  type  typeface  typedepot  corki  slab  serif  condensed  cyrillic  manicule  arrow  symbol  tuscan 
december 2011 by splorp
TextOfTheDay: 14.v.10
note the complete lack of references to the source texts here. this is 90% for the pretty.
books  codex  delicious-export  hand  hands  history  images  index  indexicality  indication  manicule  marginal  marginalia  margins  rarebooks  scribal.culture  script  text  writing 
may 2010 by jannon

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