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Created by Melinda Hayes, Rare Books Librarian, Special Collections
Provenance Evidence in Early Printed Books
Provenance evidence helps identify the history of ownership of a book from its creation to the shelves of USC Libraries' Special Collections.This evidence can take the form of bookplates, annotations, and bindings as shown below.
Left: Fiue bookes of philosophicall comfort, by Boethius (London, 1609); Bookplates of Herbert Wildon & Geraldine Carr, and Ralph Tyler Flewelling B659.C2 E52 1609
Right:Expositio magistri Petri Tatereti in summulas Petri hyspani (Lyon, 1509); Armorial binding of
William George Spencer Cavendish,
6th Duke of Devonshire BC60.J56 T35 1509