ATG Quirkies: Renaissance Friendship Books for Teens

by | Dec 21, 2018 | 0 comments

Was the Alba amicorum the original Facebook for Renaissance teens?

Well kind of – at least according to this post in the Guardian.
Actually, the  alba amicorum were friendship books written by “Renaissance youngsters, especially German and Dutch ones. They “would go around collecting autographs and tokens of affection from the people they met and liked in these beautifully embossed books. A cross between a diary, a commonplace book and an autograph book, they created a permanent record of some key period in a young person’s development, often their time at uni.”



And in February 2019, “the British Library is putting much of its collection of 500 or so alba amicorum” on display for interested visitors. Click here for a little Q&A about the show and this unique collection.


(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

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