Edition Guide

Livingstone's Letter from Bambarre

This page provides a skeletal outline of the entire multispectral critical edition of Livingstone's Letter from Bambarre. It enumerates the main sections of the edition and provides short descriptions of each section.

  Prefatory Material
Spectral Images and Texts
Critical Materials
Project History

Prefatory Material    Top

Introduction to the Edition

Edition Guide - the present page: provides a skeletal outline of the entire multispectral critical edition of Livingstone's Letter from Bambarre, enumerates the main sections of the edition, and provides short descriptions of each section.

The Project Team - introduces the project team that developed the critical edition of Livingstone's Letter from Bambarre.

Acknowledgments - cites the individuals who have made a special contribution to supporting the work of developing the multispectral critical edition of Livingstone's Letter from Bambarre.

Background of the Edition - details the history of the Letter from Bambarre; begins by outlining the circumstances that led Livingstone to compose the letter, then describes the subsequent history of the letter, particularly after its purchase at a Sotheby's auction in 1966 by Peter Beard.

 

Spectral Images and Texts    Top

Images & Transcriptions of the Letter from Bambarre - provides access to downloadable processed spectral images and a critically encoded and edited transcription of the Letter from Bambarre.

The Letter with Annotations - allows users to study Livingstone's Letter from Bambarre alongside a detailed set of annotations.

 

Critical Materials    Top

Note on the Text of the Letter - describes key physical and textual characteristics of the Letter from Bambarre; begins with a summary of the issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society (8 Nov. 1869) from which Livingstone used pages to create the letter, then turns to a close analysis of the letter itself as well as to an overview of relationship of this letter to other contemporaneous letters that Livingstone also wrote over pages from the Proceedings.

Notes on Processed Spectral Images - introduces, enumerates, and briefly defines the processed spectral image types, GIF animations, and PowerPoint presentations produced by the two phases of the Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project (2010-13, 2013-17).

Glossary of Key Terms in Livingstone's Manuscripts, 1870-71 - offers a glossary of the people, groups, places, and geographical features cited in the Livingstone manuscripts (1870-71) imaged by the Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project; serves as an integrated reference that that complements the annotated transcriptions of these same manuscripts.

An Integrated Bibliography - presents a comprehensive, integrated bibliography of the primary texts and literary, historical, cultural, and scientific sources that serve as the basis of the Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project.

 

Project History    Top

An Introduction to Spectral Imaging - provides a brief introduction to the spectral imaging process and describes how a number of previous spectral imaging projects set the stage for the imaging and analysis of Livingstone's Letter from Bambarre.

Conservation and Transport - outlines the conservation steps taken to stabilize the manuscript of Livingstone's Letter from Bambarre, then summarizes the circumstances surrounding the transportation of the letter for spectral imaging from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

Imaging the Letter - opens by outling some of the legibility challenges posed by Livingstone's Letter from Bambarre, then discusses the spectral imaging opportunities offered by these challenges; also describes the system used to carry out the spectral imaging and provides key technical details related to the imaging.

Spectral Image Processing -  provides an overview of the steps involved in processing spectral images, then details the collaborative, interdisciplinary workflow that guided the processing of the raw spectral images of Livingstone's Letter from Bambarre.

Data Management - provides a brief overview of the objectives of data management in an edition like the present one, then explores the specific management steps taken in relation to data and metadata during the imaging and processing of Livingstone's Letter from Bambarre.

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