ABO currently includes over fifty copies from library collections all over the globe:

  • Martin Luther’s copy of the New Testament, in the edition of Erasmus of Rotterdam (Basel 1527). Luther’s  German and Latin marginalia frequently lash out at Erasmus. The copy was later annotated by the Groningen humanist Regnerus Praedinius, who regularly comes to Erasmus’ defence.
  • Ten books owned and annotated by Gabriel Harvey. This includes Harvey’s famous copy of Livy’s Histories, which is fully transcribed and translated.
  • Annotated copies of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey from Martin Luther’s library, supposedly annotated by Philip Melanchthon.
  • Joseph Scaliger’s copy of Vitruvius.
  • Numerous heavily annotated schoolbooks of classical texts.

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You are welcome to add new specimens of early modern annotated books.

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