DigitalDonne: the Online Variorum

Digital Facsimile Editions

The development of DigitalDonne began in the spring of 2005, after Texas A&M University acquired and made available for our use a substantial collection of early Donne editions from the library of the late I. A. Shapiro and shortly thereafter purchased scans of the St. Paul's ms. for addition to the collection. Over the following several years, partly supported by NEH funds, we obtained images of the other manuscripts listed to the left and have prepared electonic editions of them as time has permitted. In the beginning of this project, our editors' efforts were heavily supported by the Center for the Study of Digital Libraries and by Cushing Memorial Library and Archives at Texas A&M. Since 2013 the Center of Digital Humanities Research (CoDHR) has provided indispensable institutional support.

Mutatis mutandis, each edition comprises the following features:

  • high-resolution images of the volume‚Äôs pages (including front- and back-matter), covers, and spine;
  • facing-page transcriptions of each page of canonical text;
  • a zoom feature, permitting magnification of each image for minute examination;
  • a formal bibliographical description, with notes on provenance and special characteristics;
  • an index sortable by order-of-appearance or poem title;
  • page-by-page and jump-to-specified-page browsing capabilities;
  • in-context flagging and exhibition of press variants (print editions only), based on collation of additional copies of the edition against the primary copy;
  • a composite list of formes detailing the press variants within each forme (print editions only);
  • an on-screen concordance facility that allows users to isolate every occurrence of every word (plus ampersands, hyphens, elision marks, parentheses, and digraphs) in the volume and todisplay each item in the context of both the image and the transcription.

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