Thursday, October 08, 2015


The Ideal Reader

Anthony Grafton, "Is the History of Reading a Marginal Enterprise? Guillaume Budé and His Books," Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 91.2 (June 1997) 139-157 (at 156):
The ideal reader, as portrayed by Jan Amos Comenius in his Orbis pictus, did not sit back in an armchair with a book in his lap. He sat upright, strenuously attentive, at a desk, and copied extracts from what he read into notebooks.
Joh. Amos Comenii Orbis Sensualium Pictus. Hoc est Omnium Principalium in Mundo Rerum, et in Vita Actionum, Pictura & Nomenclatura. Joh. Amos Comenius's Visible World, or, A Nomenclature, and Pictures of All the Chief Things That are in the World, and of Men's Employments Therein ... Translated into English by Charles Hoole (New York: T. & J. Swords, 1810), pp. 139-140 (click on image to enlarge):

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