The Footnote - A Curious History starts out very interestingly. The first chapter gives an entertaining introduction to the “life and times” of the footnote. However, in the following chapters one feels bogged down in a swamp of German/Italian/European historiography, and without hope of getting back on track again. Highly erudite, this book needs a tough reader!
A side note: The title is “The footnote*” and in the bottom of the front page comes the subtitle: “*A curious history”. The first time ever I saw a front page with a footnote! The rest of the book is crammed with them.