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This Book Belongs To...
Provenance Marks and Book Ownership Through the Centuries
On exhibit October 5 - December 8, 2015

Detail of bookplate of Eugene Morris Pharo (1893-1945), Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Provenance marks are the bookplates, inscriptions, bindings, stamps, and other marks that tell us who owned books. From the signature of Benjamin Franklin, to the stamp of a French monastery, to the inscription of an unidentified 17th-century woman, the provenance marks in this exhibit show the way people have claimed ownership of books from the Middle Ages through the present day. The exhibit showcases original items whose provenance marks are among the 12,000 digital images available on the Kislak Center's Provenance Online Project, or POP: https://provenanceonlineproject.wordpress.com/

The interactive component of the exhibit is available online HERE.
Next to the Lea Library
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)