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Making the private lives of our rare books public

Posted on November 25th, 2014 by jmoschella in Collections of Distinction

(Above): a current-day view of the Piazza Santissima Annunziata, in Florence, where our copy of Copernicus’ De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium lived during the 16th century (photo from wikimedia commons)

The record of ownership of a book, commonly referred to as its “provenance,” is one of the most exciting and important areas of research for rare books librarians. Though time consuming, this kind of work is a great chance to comb through centuries of bibliography, reconstructing the historic record and establishing important connections between different people and their exposure to different ideas. Over the past several months, we have been able to uncover many of these important connections within our own collections. Below are just a few examples.