Presents the transcription and study of marginalia and 20 pages of handwritten notes in a 1597 edition of Thomas More’s Utopia from the Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection at The Ohio State University. Undertaken in hopes of adding to the known provenance of the book, the project confirms one owner and reveals two more. The notes, on ten leaves inserted during rebinding sometime in the 18th century, comprise a family history of the Robertsons of Strouan beginning during the reign of James I and continuing with their descendants, the Robinsons of Rokeby in Yorkshire and Mountmorris, Kent. The writer identifies himself within the notes as Morris Robinson, 3rd Baron Rokeby, who recorded this information in March of 1797. A bookplate and added signatures also indicate that the book was once owned by scientist Michael Faraday and by David James Blaikley, the inventor of the valve system used in modern brass instruments.
|Keywords:||Provenance, Transcription, More’s Utopia|
Graduate Student, School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University, Hilliard, Ohio, USA
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