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The footnote : a curious history

The footnote : a curious history

Author: Anthony Grafton
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [Rev. ed.]View all editions and formats
In Anthony Grafton's engrossing account, footnotes to history give way to footnotes as history, recounting in their subtle way the curious story of the progress of knowledge in written form.

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Grafton, Anthony.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Grafton
ISBN: 0674902157 9780674902152 0674307607 9780674307605
OCLC Number: 37030661
Notes: Original English ms. version was translated into German and published under title: Die tragischen Ursprünge der deutschen Fussnote (Berlin, 1995); this is a revision of the original English version.
Description: xi, 241 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Footnotes : the origin of a species --
Ranke : a footnote about scientific history --
How the historian found his muse : Ranke's path to the footnote --
Footnotes and philosophie : an enlightenment interlude --
Back to the future, 1 : de thou documents the details --
Back to the future, 2 : the antlike industry of ecclesiastical historians and antiquaries --
Clarity and distinctness in the abysses of erudition : the cartesian origins of the modern footnote --
Epilogue : some concluding footnotes.
Responsibility: Anthony Grafton.


The footnote emerges in this book as a singular resource which reveals much about the progress of knowledge in written form. The book explores the origins and gradual development of the footnote from  Read more...


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A witty and characteristically erudite book... Grafton's subject, apparently so trivial in itself and yet potentially so enlivening, offers cause for somewhat uneasy mirth. We may recall the toilers Read more...

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