Posts tagged "marks of ownership"

A New Online Exhibit from Special Collections: Marks in Books

Spine and front cover of Gulielmus Durandus (ca. 1230-1296) et alii. [Tractatus varii] Paper. Germany 15th c.

We are pleased to announce the launching of our most recent Omeka exhibit: Marks in Books. In this online exhibit, the term "marks" refers to physical elements that have been added to manuscripts and early printed books throughout time, that is, from the instance when they were being made until they arrived to our shelves. Mostly, these marks were not intended by the authors, scribes and printers as they originally envisioned their books, but were later included in the form of...

Following the peregrinations of Isl. Ms. 350 | Part 1: From Delhi to Istanbul

Former owners' marks seen on front flyleaf of Isl. Ms. 350

The manuscript currently preserved in our library under the shelfmark Isl. Ms. 350 has a fascinating history that can be traced in internal owners’ marks and external documentary sources. Produced in Delhi, the manuscript was acquired by the library in 1924 along with several hundred other manuscripts from Istanbul that came to be known as the "Abdul Hamid Collection." How did the manuscript end up in Istanbul? Read the intriguing story in this first of two posts!

Book History in Spain: A Case Study

Title-page of Giovanni Francesco Loredano's Burlas de la fortuna en afectos retoricos (Madrid: Diego Dises, 1688).

In a previous post, I argued that we must judge a book by its cover because the design of an early binding can tell us much about the social status of its former owner. Now, I would like to argue that we can learn a lot about early printing history by examining the preliminary pages of a book.

Folk Rhymes on the Flyleaf

Flyleaf rhyme: "Richard Briscoe is the owner's name. Dare not to steal this Book for fear of shame. Whoever thou be, as dare to steal this book from me, I'll spend twice the book but well rewarded thou shall be."

Rhymes that identify book owners, warn or threaten book thieves, and extol the virtues of learning appear in interesting variations, particularly on the pages of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century school books.