Selections from Special Collections
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Some of the pages in this document were selected as part of a class project for Professor Garth Bond’s History of the Book seminar, Spring 2012. The abstract was prepared by Alexis VanZalen.
Shaftesbury, Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of, 1671-1713
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Shaftesbury, Anthony Ashley Cooper, "Selected pages from Characteristicks of men, manners, opinions, times." (1714). Selections from Special Collections. 7.
Shaftesbury's Characteristicks is a collection of seven philosophical essays contained in three volumes. Of particular interest are the thirteen engravings in the book which Shaftesbury meticulously designed himself. Besides the picture of himself across from the title page and the family crest before the preface, each of these images illustrates one of Shaftesbury's main themes, referencing specific passages that discuss them by including page numbers. These images contrast sharply with the variation of illustrations in hand-copied manuscripts, illustrations that were also not always directly related to the text. Thus, these engravings demonstrate one way in which printing brought fixity to books since, in this case, printing allowed for careful preparation of images which could refer consistently to specific page numbers and be reprinted exactly in every copy and even in later editions.