One of the goals of Team Color Code (sidenote: this is the small group of BAND assistants who are working on The Four Zoas. We’re affectionately known as TCC, which is a name that made sense in our early days and even though it no longer does, it has stuck) is to create a schema that can also be used to tackle transcription and display problems in other works. We’ve always known that the heavily-revised pages of Blake’s Notebook would benefit from an expanded tag set, but I’m starting to come across more and more works that could also use some of the elements that we’re developing in Team Color Code meetings.
One example is marginalia. Blake was the kind of book annotator that puts the most earnest of students to shame (another sidenote: I don’t get why people annotate texts, never have; I would much rather take notes). Here is a page from Blake’s own copy of the Rev. John Caspar’s, Aphorisms on Man.
At the top of page 4, Blake has underlined the phrase, “Sin and destruction of order are the same” and declared it “a golden sentence” in the left margin.
In order to describe the placement of …read more