Footprints: Jewish Books Through Time and Place

Footprints is a project dedicated to collecting information about individual copies of books printed between 1450 and 1800. It aggregates information about the movement of copies of Jewish books printed in the long early modern period (roughly corresponding to the hand-press era), and follows evidence of their movement into the twenty-first century. It stores this information in a relational database in which users can run specific queries and delivers the results in a number of visual representations for analysis and interpretation. The goal of Footprints is to pursue the histories of these individual book copies and to combine the data of their respective mobilities into a shared field to enable wider analysis. Footprints maps pathways of cultural transmission by beginning its inquiry with the printed book after the text is printed, exploring the journeys of the book-as-object by relying on evidence of its uses.
Marjorie Lehman (created by)
Michelle Margolis (created by)
Adam Shear (created by)
Joshua Teplitsky (created by)