This blog is dedicated to sharing the serendipitous paratextual findings in books featured within the collection of the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature. Many of our books show signs of personal use, a trait that has always been appreciated upon building the collection. “Paratext” refers to the properties within a a book outside of the text (such as epigraphs, marginalia, inscriptions, illustrations, and other marks of provenance). Such properties make each text truly unique.
All images are taken from the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, George A. Smathers Library Special Collection unless otherwise indicated.