Of Epigrams and Ear-Strings

Today’s guest post is by Kate Duffy, a Collections Intern at the Rosenbach Museum & Library.Greetings, Rosen-blog readers! This post is full of commonplaces. But stifle your yawn! The word “commonplace” did not always carry connotations of triteness and cliché. For early modern Europeans, commonplaces were witty verses, notable observations, or other compelling turns-of-phrase. Here …