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Open Access Abraham Fleming: Elizabethan maker of indexes and 'tables'

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The godly Protestant writer Abraham Fleming indexed 11 substantial English books between 1576 and 1587, as well as producing a number of ground-breaking original works and innovative translations of Latin classics. His indexes, which included instructions on how to use them, enabled English people to access large and complex books without the need of a cleric or scholar to help them. Fleming's indexes represent some of the earliest English indexes, and were aimed at making hitherto scholarly or religious books accessible to an increasingly independent public sphere.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-09-01

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  • The Indexer is published by the Society of Indexers on behalf of all the indexing societies, seeks to cover the full range of subjects, from articles at the cutting edge of new techniques to contributions discussing in a practical way the new tools available to indexers at all points in the technical spectrum or exploring the history of indexing. Its extensive reviews section covers both printed and electronic material, including websites and hardware and software of interest to the indexer, while 'Indexes Reviewed' highlights some of the best (and worst) examples of indexing in action. And, in 'Around the World', it keeps readers up to date with what is going on across the international indexing community. First published in 1958 on a twice-yearly basis, it moved in 2008 to a quarterly publication.
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