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Title: Dirty books : Quantifying patterns of use in medieval manuscripts using a densitometer
Authors: Rudy, Kathryn Margaret
Keywords: Medieval manuscripts
Densitometer
Conservation
NE Print media
Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2010
Citation: Rudy , K M 2010 , ' Dirty books : Quantifying patterns of use in medieval manuscripts using a densitometer ' Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art , vol 2 , no. 1-2 , pp. 1-26 .
Abstract: Early users of medieval books of hours and prayer books left signs of their reading in the form of fingerprints in the margins. The darkness of their fingerprints correlates to the intensity of their use and handling. A densitometer is a machine that measures the darkness of a reflecting surface can reveal which texts a reader favored. This article introduces a new technique, densitometry, to measure a reader's response to various texts in a prayer book.
Version: Publisher PDF
Status: Peer reviewed
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10023/1872
http://www.jhna.org/index.php/past-issues/volume-2-issue-1-2/129-dirty-books
http://www.jhna.org/
http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/LGNL_Services/Leisure_and_culture/Records_and_archives/Events/MeasuringMedievalDirt.htm
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5092/jhna.2010.2.1.1
ISSN: 1949-9833
Type: Journal article
Rights: © 2011 Historians of Netherlandish Art. Deposited with permission of the publisher. Published version available at http://www.jhna.org/
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