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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
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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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Grafton, Anthony.
Footnote.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997
(OCoLC)649065777
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.

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