Thursday, August 19, 2010


Roger Pearse on the ploys scholars use to keep interesting texts to themselves:

Another ploy has been to have only German scholars work on it, and get them to do it a century ago in obscure publications, usually without translation. After all, if you provide a translation, who knows who might start looking at this stuff? It doesn’t bear thinking about.

Been there, several times, and from more than one direction.

Image: just a little Fraktur, not obscure at all.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, I've been told that English-language works from the 16th and 17th century are unreadable, even in transcription. How mean am I that I assign document images from originals for my senior seminar students?