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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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Custom-made Provenance

People have long taken pleasure in adding some element of individual expression to the media they use to read.  This is apparent nearly everywhere on the computers and websites we use daily to access news, scholarship, social updates and more.  … Continue reading

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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: 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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