Here is a list of the fields pertaining to provenance in the database Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI).
Made up copy
Evidence that a copy may have been (or certainly was) formerly in a composite volume, or Sammelband, includes: ms. foliation, index tabs part-way down the title page, number on the title page, occasionally a partial fore-edge title, the other part having been on the rest of the volume, or a ms. contents note of some sort (John Lancaster, Oct. 2019). An interesting case is described in Neil Harris, Statistiche e sopravvivenze di antichi romanzi di cavalleria, ne Il cantare italiano fra folklore e letteratura. Atti del convegno internazionale di Zurigo, Landesmuseum, 23-25 giugno 2005, a cura di Michelangelo Picone e Luisa Rubini, Firenze, Olschki, 2007 (Biblioteca dell’«Archivum Romanicum», s. I. Storia, letteratura, paleografia, 341), pp. 383-411 which describes a set of Italian chivalric romances in the Rossi collection in the Vatican Apostolic Library. All of them have been rebound separately and expensively in morocco in the Nineteenth century, but the presence of original cartulation and other signs shows that they came from two separate miscellanies bound up at the end of the Fifteenth century. Most of these items are unique and so these disbound miscellanies saved editions of which otherwise all record would have been lost.
Parts of text in facsimile
Parts of text in manuscript
See Claire Bolton‘s paper on fallen types in our Education page
Bound with manuscript
Former owners are identified as private or institutional, religious or lay, female or male, and by profession or type of institution. The Index of former owners further provides geo-references and chronological limits.
Type of Provenance evidence
Coat of arms
Binding (see also below)
Decoration (see also below)
Manuscript notes (see also below)
Methods of Acquisition
Illustration coloured in by hand
Coat of arms
Illustration stamped in
Marginal and interlinear manuscript annotations are described by typology, frequency, and location in the book. See the Reading Practices page for a detailed description and examples of the features we capture.
sewn textblock (unbound);
Measurements: H x W x D
Link to EBDB
wood; paper; other
alum tawed skin;
blind and gold;
Writing on Edges:
along: when the writing goes along the length of the leaves
across: when the writing is vertical, cutting across the length of the leaves
Their pattern is classified in a separate table:
Pattern of Historic Shelfmarks
Price and currency