The Paleographical Commons

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This image is taken from Beinecke’s Osborn b349, a commonplace book of the 1620s, signed by one Francis Grosvenor and containing notes in secretary and italic hands on a broad range of topics, including witchcraft, geography, aphorisms, cosmology, and fee tables, as in the example above.

This commonplace book, and a range of other examples, have been uploaded as high-resolution scans on the Beinecke’s Paleographical Commons, a resource for examples of early modern British paleography. The site can be found on flickr, as part of the Beinecke’s Flickr Laboratory, a project to provide open access to public domain images from the Beinecke Library collections.

2 Responses to “The Paleographical Commons”


  1. 1 Peter December 24, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    So if you want to provide “open access to public domain images,” why are your images on Flickr marked as being copyrighted, with all rights reserved?


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