In appreciation of marginalia

When did we stop drawing tiny hands in our books in favor of highlighting?

Very literal note taking method.

I photographed this marginalia at the US Naval Observatory – it came from the book Diario y iuyzio de grande cometa. The book itself dates back to 1578, which is easier to believe when you see the actual vellum cover:

Diario de grande cometa

There were notes throughout the book, and I periodically go back to my photos and wish that my handwriting would be this charming:


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