Category Archives: Inscriptions

The Folger Shakespeare Library Joins POP: Royal Provenance and Women Making Their Mark

The inscription above is a note to Henry VIII from wife number four of six, Anne of Cleves.  Written in a 1533 book of hours from the Folger Shakespeare Library (STC 15982), it reads: I besiche your grace hu[m]b[ly] when … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: Marriage and Mythology

Today, a Mystery Monday guest post from Rayna Andrews, who works for the Gotham Book Mart Project at Penn Libraries. The Gotham Book Mart was a famous New York City bookstore from 1920-2007, and when it closed the thousands of … Continue reading

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Twelfth Night Title Pages

The celebration of Twelfth Night traditionally takes place on either January 5th (yesterday) or January 6th (today) depending on whether you choose to count from Christmas Day or the day after.  The holiday celebrates the Epiphany, or the coming of … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: Who Was Anastasia Löwin?

Like the old joke, the page shown above is black and white and red all over.  The main text, a series of prayers printed in black, has been adorned in scarlet.  There is red underlining to highlight important features like … Continue reading

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William Penn and Friends

To the left is an image of William Penn’s (1644-1718) bookplate, which is pasted into the inside front cover of a copy of a 1652 edition of the typically verbose 17th century title:  Samuel Hartlib his Legacie: or an Englargement … 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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Mystery Monday: A Ben Franklin Signature?

Welcome to the POP Blog’s first “Mystery Monday” post, a weekly series of provenance related mysteries that you are invited to help solve.  For more about the Provenance Online Project (POP) and this blog, please see the About page. Is … Continue reading

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