C-90. Provenance: Tracing Owners & Collections - Advance Reading List

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  • Preliminary Advices

    Admitted students are encouraged to review at least some of the following books in advance of the course; however, a thorough study of every title listed here is not a prerequisite for course participation. 

    It will be assumed that students are familiar with the essentials of historical bibliography and with handling early printed books (otherwise, please see Philip Gaskell’s A New Introduction to Bibliography).

    Acheson, Katherine, ed. Early Modern English Marginalia. New York and London: Routledge, 2019.

    Dane, Joseph A. What is a Book?  Notre Dame, IN: Notre Dame University Press, 2012.

    Lee, Brian North. British Bookplates: A Pictorial History. Newton Abbot: David and Charles, 1979.

    Orgel, Stephen. The Reader in the Book. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

    Pearson, David. Provenance Research in Book History: A Handbook. Oxford and New Castle: Bodleian Library/Oak Knoll Press, 2019.

    Pearson, David. Book Ownership in Stuart England. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021.

    Sherman, William H. Used Books. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.

    Stoddard, Roger. “Looking at Marks in Books.” Gazette of the Grolier Club 51 (2000): 27–47

    If anyone would like to undertake more background reading in advance of the course, have a look at chapter 10 of Pearson’s Provenance Research Handbook (works on provenance, book collecting and private library history).