She takes us on an amusing journey to try and understand the writer and his enduring appeal.
I didn’t realize that the best practice nowadays is to not use latex gloves when handling old books and manuscripts. The building where my office at the university was housed had on the top floor a medical history library. It contains, among other things, original letters written by Charles Darwin and a rare original copy (or at least a very early one) of Andreas Vesalius’s (1514-1564 CE) groundbreaking book on the human body titled De Humani Corporis Fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body), all kept under lock and key. It is a beautiful piece of work with lovely detailed drawings.
Just a couple of years ago the librarians let me browse through those two items but I had to wear thin latex gloves.