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Record 6239

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
[Marginalia]: form of marks in text with marginal note e.g. p.82 the word 'abita' in the text is underlined with 'abdita' in the margin; p. 479 the text 'Quin etiam blandas movere per aera cauda' is asterixed with in the margin 'In the lioness this is the mark of anger'. The inside back cover has a note in Latin 'posterior .... supe ... mens ... priores' with a sketch of foliage above which may or may not be connected.
Century: 1700-1799, 1800-1849
Date: unknown
Country: Scotland or India
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
   
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:John Drummond Erskine
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1776
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: East India Company writer/ later a landowner
Religion: Anglican?
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland or India
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: Reader identification is tentative and inferred from inscription

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Ovid
Title: Metamorphoses, in fifteen books, with the arguments and notes of John Minellius translated into English, to which is marginally added, a prose version ? For the use of schools. By Nathan Bailey
Genre: Classics
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: The seventh edition, carefully revised and edited, London: Longman etc , 1793
Provenance: owned

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 6239  
Source - Manuscript Other
  Author: Annotated volume in the Dunimarle Library of the Erskines of Torrie in Fife: Ovid "Ovid's Metamorphoses, in fifteen books, with the arguments and notes of John Minellius translated into English, to which is marginally added, a prose version ? For the use of schools. By Nathan Bailey", (London, 1793), various pages [DH LIB 1853]. ,

Citation: Annotated volume in the Dunimarle Library of the Erskines of Torrie in Fife: Ovid "Ovid's Metamorphoses, in fifteen books, with the arguments and notes of John Minellius translated into English, to which is marginally added, a prose version ? For the use of schools. By Nathan Bailey", (London, 1793), various pages [DH LIB 1853]. , http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=6239, accessed: 26 January 2022

Additional comments:

Though the book was owned by John Drummond Erskine and the annotation is typical of his style (including very typical sketches of heads in profile, which appear in many of his books), there is another inscription "G.D.". This appears to be an adult's work rather than a school book, despite the title. The dates given are those of JDE's adult use of the library.

 

 

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