A day of misery. I hate footnotes. Particularly those which are positioned in some other place than the foot of each page of text. If the notes were just a little less useful, and the work that I am scanning was accessible in any other way, then I probably wouldn’t bother.
UPDATE: 259 footnotes so far. My bones hurt.
UPDATE: Went out to get chocolate — the only answer. But I get to note 274, and discover again the missing page in the footnotes. This is not good news. I’ve been numbering all the notes consecutively; with an unknown number of notes on the missing page, I can’t number (and so can’t link up) the remaining notes. Oh sugar! Nor do I really want to put this to one side, and pick it up in 6 weeks time. I hope to be very busy at that time. I shall have to consider.
UPDATE: OK, the answer is to split the book into three sections. All the footnotes which involve the missing bit are in section 1 (chapters 1-5); the others have only incidental notes. I’ve done this now, and indeed uploaded them. What I need to do now is write a preface to the thing. Since I know nothing about Ibn Abi Usaibia, this means reading Brockelmann. I might defer this to tomorrow, tho.