Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
has posted 4 annotations/comments since 13 June 2015.
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About Friday 17 July 1668
It's interesting that on the last two hottest nights Sam has ever experienced, he needs a heavy rug as well as a sheet to keep warm. Here in my non-airconditioned house in NZ, I have nothing but a sheet on my bed for quite a few nights each summer. We're warmer than London, but not by all that much.
About Sunday 15 March 1667/68
Surely our man wasn't hazer con elling Mrs. Martin in the presence of her sister and Mrs. Burrows?
About Wednesday 15 July 1663
>...and to bed, sporting in my fancy with the Queen.
Is he saying he was wanking in bed, inspired by the Queen?
About Tuesday 10 June 1662
I am a professional traditional book publisher, but these days my personal reading is nearly all on a Kindle Paperwhite, whether I am traveling or in an armchair at home. But that's for books which are largely or entirely text. Books with lots of illustrations are another matter. They are still much better in traditional book format - and that is the sort of book I publish.
IMHO, nostalgic notions of the feel of the paper, the smell of the bookbinder's glue etc are mostly a nonsense when applied to a newly published book. They are greatly outbalanced by the convenience and greater readability of an ebook on a good digital ink platform such as my Paperwhite.
My old books, and my beautifully designed and illustrated modern books, are still very precious to me.