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The elusive poem

I spent several more hours in search of the Sabellicus poem today, still to no avail on my part, although I had a few last tentative leads. On the bright side, I received email from my mother saying she'd found it at the Marciana and can obtain a copy for me. I even now know how long the thing is: 7 pages! I've told all the librarians who asked me how long the poem was I was looking for that it was somewhere between half a page and 100 pages. I was right.

The search for the poem led me to discover all sorts of handy resource on campus, including one useful microfiche collection whose title sounds as if it should have an exclamation mark after it: Incunabula: The Printing Revolution in Europe, 1450-1500. In case you're on campus and think this would be of use to you, both CRRS and Robarts Microfilm have copies of it, and CRRS, at least, has the paper index to it. Even better, however, is the CD-ROM based database wich goes with it, and is available through the campus network. It's amazing! It doesn't just cover the facsimile collection: it includes items digitally in facsimile, the numbers for the microfiches in its collection, and all the location it knows of for scads of other manuscripts it doesn't have in reproduction. Happily, this poem was first published in 1492-3, so it fell within the time period.

The search led me across campus and managed to kill at least 3 hours of my day, without ever finding the actual poem. I found two microfiches through Incunabula! which look promising, but the librarian (actually someone I know from the Centre) was unable to find the series in storage, despite half an hour spent looking. He'd never heard of the series but was excited by the prospect of its existence. I'll try again at Robarts, but at this point it's out of sheer determination since I know I can have a copy from Sabellicus' home town.


My muscles are sore from badminton (we did far more in the way of warm-up exercises than usual and - for the first time - actually played badminton!), and I had a long, if productive, Vagantes meeting this afternoon. We've figured out the schedule and the program for the conference now (whew) and we might just about be in the black for funding. Hurray!

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cwjat
Nov. 20th, 2002 02:51 am (UTC)
Good job
I have so many things to say good job about. Actually playing badminton is one of them. I love badminton but haven't played since high school. And good job on Vagantes. Since I'm no longer in Toronto, I rely on your e-mails to find out how the planning is going. That's great that the schedule and the program are figure out and even better that you might have all the funding that is needed. An all around good job, Shana. And you found out how long your poem is.
owlfish
Nov. 20th, 2002 07:14 am (UTC)
Re: Good job
Thank you! I'm not playing particularly well in badminton, but at least I'm learning a great deal. I lost both of my matches on Monday and don't expect to do much better today. But then I was distracted - that's my excuse - I was the one attempting to keep score as well as play!

I should have another Vagantes email out in about a week - we're waiting on confirmation of just which office gave us the last very, very generous amount of money (isn't that silly? We're not sure! The letter was sent to the man when he had a post at Mississauga and now he's a Vice-President for something like Governmental relations for the U of T, based on the name of the secretary who called Tuija.) That'll tell you all the bits and pieces of the details (reminds me, I should check, are you on the Vagantes mailing list with one of your current email address?)
cwjat
Nov. 20th, 2002 07:50 am (UTC)
Re: Good job
Keeping score in badminton matches can definitely distract you. But good luck today, even if you don't expect to win.
Isn't it amazing how life works? You send a letter to someone at one place and it turns out that they're at another place, which is an even better position for what you need. I'm still on the Vagantes mailing list. I get your updates every now and then. I think it's still on my U of T account, which is forwarded to my archaeologist.com address. As far as I know, the U of T account will be active for a while, anyway.
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