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Re: [BKARTS] exhibit ideas

An "orphan" occurs when the first line of a paragraph begins on the last line of a page... with the "widow" being somewhat the reverse: The last line of a paragraph ends on the first line of a page.

Printing oddities.... hmm. Have you checked for interesting colophons? Or perhaps interesting printers' marks? Aldus Manutius was the first to use the mark of an anchor with dolphins, and variations of this mark were used by printers through the centuries... and would be particularly appropriate to a maritime collection exhibit.

And if you have any printers' ephemera in your collection, you're bound to find some interesting pieces there.

Good luck!

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On Oct 20, 2006, at 9:35 PM, Linda Wilson wrote:

Hello, this is my first post. I'm looking for some ideas for a small exhibit of book curiosities that I hope to cull from c18 and c19 books, things like binder's tickets (found some) and printing oddities, like widows and orphans. I can remember what a "widow" is, but what is an orphan?? I can't find it in my Glaister Encyclopedia. Can you suggest other things that I might find in the collection I'm working with, a maritime research library on Martha's Vineyard. With thanks,

Linda M. Wilson
Assistant Librarian
The Martha's Vineyard Museum
Edgartown, MA 02539

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