“What manner o’ thing is your crocodile?”: December edition

If it’s a new month, it must be time for a new crocodile mystery, and so:

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As always, we invite your your thoughts below on what this might be and what we might learn from it!

Author: Sarah Werner

SARAH WERNER held a number of roles during her time at the Folger, including Editor of The Collation (2011–2015), Digital Media Strategist (2013–2015), and Undergraduate Program Director (2006–2013).

5 Comments

  1. The fastening of the middle of a vovelle, I’d assume.

  2. This must be the cap and thread holding a volvelle to a leaf in a book.

  3. Looks like a little “button” holding a volvelle on the page.

  4. I must confess that, at first glance, I thought it could be a previously-unknown Vorticist image by Wyndham Lewis, from his 1912 “Timon of Athens” designs, perhaps a companion piece to http://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/42p30y

  5. It is indeed the button in the middle of a volvelle attaching the various layers to the page. I was drawn to it in part because it is such a graphically interesting one–wait until you see the little figure printed on the “pointer” part that spins–and because the button appearance of Erin’s itty-bitty tab divider from last month reminded me of it.

    More on volvelles coming up on Monday!

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