Exciting new tools for provenance research

1) PAUL NEEDHAM, INDEX POSSESSORUM INCUNABULORUM (=IPI)

CERL is very pleased to announce that there is now available, through our
Provenance Research pages, Paul Needham’s Index Possessorum Incunabulorum
(=IPI).

IPI contains some 32,000 entries relating to the ownership of incunabula,
including personal names, institutional names, monograms, and arms. They
were extracted by Needham from some 200 published catalogues of incunabula
with provenance information, and they have been much augmented with
information from his own research.

We are very grateful to Dr Paul Needham, Scheide Librarian, Scheide
Library, Princeton University Library, for letting CERL make available
to the public his extraordinary tool for provenance research.

More information on IPI, and how to search it, on:

http://ipi.cerl.org/cgi-bin/search.pl

2) MATERIAL EVIDENCE IN INCUNABULA (=MEI)

http://incunabula.cerl.org/cgi-bin/search.pl [English version]
http://incunabula.cerl.org/cgi-bin/search.pl?lang=it [Italian version]

Also available now through CERL’s Provenance Research pages is a new
database specifically designed to record and search the material
evidence (or copy specific, post-production evidence, provenance
information) of 15th-century printed books: ownership, decoration,
binding, manuscript annotations, stamps, prices, etc.

MEI is linked to the Incunabula Short-Title Catalogue (ISTC), from
which it derives the bibliographical records, and it allows the user
to combine search of bibliographical and copy-specific records.
MEI has been designed to contain new data from book-in-hand
examination or from card- catalogues, as well as what can be got by
retrospective conversion of data from published catalogues of
incunabula. Records can be downloaded in Marc21 or Unimarc Holdings
for integration into local OPACs.

Records are being inserted at the moment by a number of libraries.
Contribution of records to MEI is free and welcome: any library with
incunabula holdings is encouraged to insert their copy specific
records. Please get in touch with CERL’s Secretary, Cristina Dondi at
c.dondi@cerl.org

From the Secretary of CERL, Cristina Dondi

MEI example:

ISTC Record No. ih00427960
Title proper:
Horae: ad usum Celestinorum ordinis S. Benedicti
Imprint:
Naples : Martinus de Amsterdam, 27 Jan. 1499
more…
Copies
Manchester, John Rylands University Library [Manchester JRL] (uk)
Shelfmark:
18193
Copy Id:
02000285
Size of Leaves:
140mm x 106mm
Material:
Book: parchment, vellum Plates: Watermark:
Provenance

Place:
Italy
Area:
Italy
Time Period:
16th cent., unknown decade to 16th cent., unknown decade
Type of Prov.:
Binding
Binding:
16th-century blind and gold-tooled calf (‚foreign olive colour binding‘ in Dibdin), remains of 2 strings, 2 at fore-edge, one each upper and lower edges; at centre gilt crucifixion; gauffered edges gilt only within the gauffered design. 147 x 111 x 28 mm.
Binding Date: 16th century Binding Type: Boards Board Material: Paper Cover Material: Leather Binding Status: Untouched (Original Binding) Tooling: blind and gold Edges: gilt Writing on Edges: none Gauffered: yes
Decoration:
Woodcut initials coloured. On a1r full floral and foliate border, in pink, blue, and green, gold bezants, in the lower margin a circular wreath containing the Virgin and Child (Fava-Bresciano pl. LII). Cut red initials decorated with blue penwork.
Decoration Elements: Illuminations , Ornamental Letter , Rubrication

Sources: Book in Hand (The recording of this provenance is considered certain)
Provenance

Place:
Naples (CERL Thesaurus: cnl00004785)
Area:
Italy
Time Period:
18th cent., unknown decade to 19th cent., 2nd decade
Owner:
Luigi Serra, 1747-1825 (4th Duca di Cassano) (male; Aristocracy; unknown)
Former Owner
Note:
Catalogo […] Cassano Serra, p. 44

Sources: Book in Hand , Auction/Sales Catalogue (The recording of this provenance is considered certain)
Provenance

Place:
London (CERL Thesaurus: cnl00007686)
Area:
Great Britain
Time Period:
19th cent., 2nd decade to 19th cent., 4th decade
Owner:
George John Spencer, 1758-1834 (2nd Earl Spencer) (CERL Thesaurus: cnp00182076) (male; Aristocracy; politician)
Former Owner
Note:
Dibdin, Cassano, p. 79 no. 120.
Method of acquisition: purchase

Sources: Book in Hand (The recording of this provenance is considered certain)
Provenance

Place:
Manchester (CERL Thesaurus: cnl00011485)
Area:
Great Britain
Time Period:
19th cent., last decade to 20th cent., unknown decade
Owner:
Enriqueta Augustina Tennant, 1843-1908 (3rd wife of John Rylands 1801-1888) (female; no characterisation/lay; unknown)
Donor
Note:
The Spencer collection was purchased in 1892 to become part of the John Rylands Library of Manchester, which she founded in 1899 as a memorial to her husband.
Method of acquisition: purchase

Sources: Book in Hand , Auction/Sales Catalogue (The recording of this provenance is considered certain)


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