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8 Reading from the Margins: Some Insights into the Early Reception of Bodin’s Methodus

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This chapter examines annotated copies to gather some fresh and direct evidence about the early reception of the Methodus. The examination of annotated books is potentially a vital dimension of reception studies. Working from this standpoint, the chapter contributes towards answering some of the questions about the early reception of Jean Bodin's Methodus. It first presents a brief outline of extant copies of the Methodus, and then considers in more detail a few cases which seem particularly worthy of attention. Finally, it formulates some generalizations as a spur to further research. Between 1566 and 1650 the Methodus was printed thirteen times in four different countries: France, Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands. There are now no fewer than 779 extant copies, scattered among a wide range of European countries, Russia, and North America.

Keywords: Jean Bodin; Methodus; reception studies



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