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The practice of annotating and writing in books has been around since humans first decided to write and the 1589 Breeches Bible in Special Collections is rich with annotations and marks of use from its past owners. This Bible can be used as a window to look into the lives of these people from hundreds of years ago allowing us to better understand their lives, ideas, and philosophies. Using the signatures of past owners, this research attempts to uncover the origins of the book and the identities of the owners and annotators of this book. This project also examined the origins of a multitude of philosophical phrases that appear throughout the Bible. This Bible serves as a prime example of the historical willingness to write on all books (including the Bible), and how marks of use can be used to examine historical people and philosophical ideas.



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Doodling on the Word of God: Marks of Use in a 1589 Breeches Bible