March 24, 2010 § Leave a comment
About that Pym memorial ellegie/acrostick/epitaph Irina found. If you haven’t already, check out Irina’s post and Ariel’s comment. We spent about 5 seconds on it, but it has a lot to teach us. Take a look at my comment, which poses some questions or suggests lines of inquiry that you can apply to your own EEBO discoveries.
We haven’t talked about paper formats, but this piece is what’s called a broadside, which was essentially one large page, printed on one side. (Check out the word history in the OED, which is interesting. Associated with the side of a ship.) After you read Irina’s post and comments, what sorts of folks, in general, do you think might have been the consumers of broadsides? And what about the Pym piece suggests that some of those consumers would have been auditors? Post your comments here!