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Record Number: 6224


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

[Marginalia]: ms note in Latin on inside front cover may or may not be connected with the text as the book has evidence of its young owner using the blank spaces to play around with versions of his name and dates. Chpt 7 has every fifth line numbered in pencil for ease of reference and is initialed and dated at the end.

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

Between 1777 and 1784

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

county: Fife

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

William Erskine

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

30 Mar 1770

Socio-Economic Group:

Gentry

Occupation:

Army Officer and Landowner

Religion:

Anglican?

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

Scotland

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Virgil

Title:

Works

Genre:

Classics, Textbook / self-education

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

6224

Source - Manuscript:

Other

Information:

Annotated volume in the Dunimarle Library of the Erskines of Torrie in Fife: [Virgil], '[Works]', [lacks title page], Chpt. VII, [DH LIB 1648].

Additional Information:

n/a

Citation:

Annotated volume in the Dunimarle Library of the Erskines of Torrie in Fife: [Virgil], '[Works]', [lacks title page], Chpt. VII, [DH LIB 1648]., http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=6224, accessed: 17 June 2024


Additional Comments:

One of several school textbooks which have survived in the family library. Though it is possible that the book was used by more than one of the children, it only has the provenance of William. The date of the inscriptions confirms that it is the eldest son of the main generation responsible for the library.

   
   
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