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Miscellaneous OrderManuscript Culture and the Early Modern Organization of Knowledge$
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Angus Vine

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198809708

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198809708.001.0001

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Chorography and Antiquarian Compilation

Chorography and Antiquarian Compilation

(p.93) 3 Chorography and Antiquarian Compilation
Miscellaneous Order

Angus Vine

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the miscellany’s links with antiquarian compilation and chorography (the branch of geography concerned with the particulars of a specific region or place). Its primary interest is with textual production in the two fields, and with the practices of annotation and organization that allowed antiquaries and chorographers to turn their heterogeneous notes into orderly narratives. The manuscript miscellany, it argues, was essential to the kind of assemblage scholars carried out here. Compilers discussed in the chapter include William Lambarde, Edmund Tilney, George Owen of Henllys, Abraham Ortelius, and most extensively William Camden. The chapter shows that this kind of antiquarian assemblage was most commonly conceived as a kind of stitching or tailoring, in keeping with one of the more frequent early modern metaphors for textual and miscellaneous production.

Keywords:   antiquarianism, chorography, topography, geography, heraldry, tailors, assemblage, Wales, William Camden, Abraham Ortelius

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