Additional information on the poster presentation on the LIBER-conference in Tartu (June 2012)
ProBok is a database containing app 800 bindings from the two university libraries of Uppsala and Lund. It contains searchable provenances, often owners marks or signatures, and images of the bookbindings, dating from the hand-press period. It forms one part of the Alvin digital platform for the digitisation of cultural heritage materials.
On the website of the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL) several databases on different assets of cultural heritage can be found. Some examples:
Searching for provenance
On this page one can search in various databases for provenance queries. You can also post your specific queries or answer queries posted by others
Material evidence in Incunabula
MEI is linked to the Incunabula Short-Title Catalogue (ISTC), from which it derives the bibliographical records, and it allows the user at last to combine search of bibliographical records (extracted from ITSC) with copy-specific records.
Uniquely, every item of data recorded (a certain style of decoration or binding, the date of a manuscript note, etc.) is treated as a valuable clue for provenance, therefore it can be geographically located and chronologically dated. Explicit ownership notes are further categorised as private or institutional, religious or lay, female or male, and by profession. This enables to track the movement of books across Europe and through the centuries.
The CERL Thesaurus file contains forms of imprint places, imprint names, personal names and corporate names as found in material printed before the middle of the nineteenth century – including variant spellings, forms in Latin and other languages, and fictitious names. It also contains links to external resources with, among others, printers' marks, maps and watermarks.
The CERL Portal provides access to distributed databases containing manuscripts materials, printed works, photographic material and other special materials.
The Heritage of the Printed Book database
The Heritage of the Printed Book database contains c 3 million bibliographic records for early printed materials in libraries held across European (and Yale in the United States) – many contain links to digital copies and many records contain information about provenance. CERL has implemented a special provenance index to facilitate searching on this information.
Repertories of printers devices
Marques d’impressor at the Universitat de Barcelona – Fons de Reserva (Catalan version)
Ronald B. McKerrow. Printers’ & Publishers’ Devices in England & Scotland 1485-1640
Watermarks in Incunabula printed in the Low Countries (WILC). The WILC web site gives a description of the project which was intended to provide additional dating evidence for the large number of undated incunables printed in the Netherlands.
British Library http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/bookbindings/
Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève Reliures estampées à froid
Madrid, Biblioteca Real Encuadernaciones de la Real Biblioteca : a database of bookbindings with digitised images
Buxheim Charterhouse and its library
A virtual recreation of a fifteenth-century library. The library once present at the Carthusian monastery of Buxheim, Germany, was one of the largest of its kind. The manuscripts now reside in over fifty libraries across Europe and North America, and some remain in private hands. Many remain unlocated or unidentified since their sale and dispersion at auction in 1883.
You may view the manuscript catalogs of c. 1450, 1693 and 1755. There is a page illustrating17th/18th century Buxheim provenance inscriptions. The site is the work of Dr William Whobreyat Yale University.
Rome, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Coat of arms Database
Arms of Popes, Cardinals, and Religious Orders.