Summer Talk before Formal Hall

Kevin Edwards

Marginalia in the ‘bible’ of pollen analysis 

Irrespective of sentiments regarding the defacement or useful adornment of documents, the annotation of texts and their study has a long history in literature and the humanities, but less so in science. This talk examines the marginalia within a copy of the first edition of Text-book of modern pollen analysis – the ‘bible’ of the discipline written by Knut Fægri and Johannes Iversen published in 1950. The annotations are the work of ‘Mr Pollen analysis’, Gunnar Erdtman, and reflect strong feelings, even anger, concerning the contents of the book.