Monthly Archives: August 2014

Robert Browning’s Book and a Moment of Friendship

In 1860 the English poet, Robert Browning (1812-1889) received a book as a gift from his friend and fellow author, Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), who was also friends with the novelist Charles Dickens, the poet Robert Southey, and others.  The … Continue reading

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A 17th Century Handheld Library

All of us have become accustomed in the 21st century to holding libraries in our hands on a regular basis.  People walk around routinely with music libraries on their ipods, photo libraries on their phones, and e-book libraries on their … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: Bodybuilder Bookplate

What do a giant squirrel and a he-man wearing a leafy loin cloth and a laurel wreath have in common?  Emblematic bookplates like the one shown to the left (Penn Libraries: IC55 T1856 En802s) present the provenance researcher with such … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: Cut Off…

  Sometimes solving a provenance mystery is simply a matter of digging a little deeper, doing the right research, or having the luck to come across a resource that helps shed some light on an unusual bookplate or connects a … Continue reading

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The Other Vincent Van Gogh

  Anyone who has googled his or her own name has probably had the experience of encountering parallel lives. Even with a somewhat unusual name like Laura Aydelotte, plugging my name into Google will bring up Laura Aydelotte’s mugshot, an … Continue reading

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