A Note on Digitization
Though full digital facsimiles have become the standard for digitizing rare materials, we have opted for partial digitization. Our goal is to offer short, teachable chunks of texts in their historical forms, so as not to overwhelm students or fill too much of their instructors’ class time. When available, we have included links to full digital copies of books available on the Internet Archive, in case students are interested in expanding their studies (see “Resources” for these links). In order to capture the more tangible and haptic qualities of the physical books we have digitized, each teaching module features short videos of books handled in physical space, both to show the relative size of books compared to human hands as well as to acknowledge that images of cropped pages do not fully capture the physical properties of books as objects.
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