21 February 2014

This is the Best: Royal Society Charter Book

Loved every bit of this. It was charming and genuine and fascinating all at once. 

Note how the early pages are filled with signatures from top to bottom. They couldn't have made a little more room for Hooke, maybe started a new page? No. Vellum was expensive. Fit your name at the bottom.  Christopher Wren, titan of architecture and design, doesn't even bother with his full written name. Same with Newton, who writes in a type that is inversely proportional to his impact.

NULLIUS IN VERBA is my new favorite phrase.

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