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Leaves o4v and p1r of an incunable copy of the Elegiae of Tibullus and Propertius and the Carmina of Catullus (Venice: Johannes Tacuinus de Tridino, 19 May 1500; ISTC it00374000), with woodcut initials and contemporary ms. annotations in brown ink.

Established heading: Joannes, Tacuinus, de Tridino

Penn Libraries call number: Inc T-374 Folio
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Early ms. sketch of a male figure (in military dress, armed with a shield?) on verso of last printed leaf in volume.
Penn Libraries call number: GC5 K8183 529e
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Provenance Party!

The Penn Provenance Project on Flickr has now received over 1,000,000 views!! Congratulations to everyone who struggled to read illegible inscriptions, identified bookplates and stamps and enriched Penn’s catalog records with detailed information about the former owners of our rare books.

1,000,000 views

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If you haven’t visited yet, come take a look at some of our sets and begin identifying!

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Manicules by Penn Provenance Project
Manicules, a photo by Penn Provenance Project on Flickr.

Detail of a folio paper leaf (g5, recto visible) from an incunable edition of Justinian’s Institutiones with the glossa ordinaria of Accursius (Venice: Battista Torti, 22 Dec. 1484; ISTC ij00527000), printed in red and black in double columns surrounded by gloss with a few early ms. underlines, marks and manicules in brown ink, used as binder’s waste (right board).

Established heading: Torti, Battista, active 1481-1536

Penn Libraries call number: Inc S-753 Folio
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Marginalia in a 1556 edition of Aristotle’s Physics in the hand of James Harris (1709-1780), English politician, grammarian, and philosopher, best known for his work Hermes, a philosophical inquiry concerning universal grammar. His son, James Harris (1746-1820), became the 1st Earl of Malmesbury. This book became part of the library at Hurn Court, former seat of the Earls of Malmesbury, and was rebound with the Malmesbury arms on the left board.
Established heading: Harris, James, 1709-1780
Established heading: Malmesbury, James Harris, Earl of, 1746-1820

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Penn Libraries call number: GrC Ar466.19 1556
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Penn Libraries to open doors and data to PennApps hackathon

This post about the PennApps Hackathon is reblogged from the fantastic Apps On Tap site. I was thrilled to see that images and data from the Penn Provenance Project on Flickr are going to be used! The event sounds like great fun and I’m looking forward to learning about all of the cool apps that get developed this weekend!

Apps On Tap

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On Friday, September 6, the University of Pennsylvania will host PennApps, the largest student-run hackathon in the world. As part of the event, the Penn Libraries will provide work space for 200 hackathon participants in the newly renovated Special Collections Center. A $500 prize will also be awarded to the team that develops the best app using library data.

The Libraries’ contribution to the data pool will include data from the Penn Provenance Project, which uses Flickr to crowd-catalog images of bindings, bookplates, labels, inscriptions and stamps of items now in Penn’s rare book collections. The possibilities for revealing useful patterns in collection building—and finding the next big thing–are virtually endless.

John Ockerbloom’s Online Books and Forward to Libraries (FTL) projects will also be in the mix. The Online Books Page is “a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims…

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Midweek Marginalia

One of 4 early ms. marginal sketches in a copy of Giovanni Boccaccio’s Filocolo, printed in Venice on 24 December 1488 by Peregrinus de Pasqualibus (ISTC ib00744000):

Leaf h5v: dragon[?] with caption: […]hina bochina [pictured here]
Leaf k1v: flowers with caption: Ia a mo
Leaf m7v: owl[?] with caption: angela .P.
Leaf n5v: bird in tree with caption: […]ametta ..

The leaves of this copy are closely cropped at all margins with damage to each sketch. A ms. table headed “T.D.T. L. SS.” appears on leaf s4v; it records the locations of the sketches (each denoted by an initial: S, R, C, and P, respectively) in order of appearance by the folio number of the facing leaf.

Established form: Pasqualibus, Peregrinus de, Bononiensis, active 15th century

Penn Libraries call number: Inc B-744 [catalog record]
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Detail of leaf [a]6v of an incunable edition of the Bible in Latin (Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 16 Nov. 1475; ISTC ib00543000) with rubrication and ms. manicule in brown ink.
Established heading: Koberger, Anton, approximately 1440-1513

Penn Libraries call number: Inc B-543 Folio
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Leaf a5r of an incunable edition of Innamoramento di Carlo Magno e dei suoi paladini (Venice: Georgius Walch, 20 July 1481; ISTC ic00204000) with early ms. sketch of three male figures (two hatted and one with hat in hand), of whom two are clasping hands, in tail margin.

Penn Libraries call number: Inc C-204 Folio
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Early ms. sketch of a bird pecking at the eye of a man hanged on a gallows

Transcription of marginal annotation:
Sic aut[em] milites
sub iugu[m] mitteba[n]t[ur]
vt tradat […][us]; […]
auc[toritate?] terre […]
[…] al[…] e[…]geb[…]
: [septim]a e[…] […]
test & […]li & […]
[…]e […] […]
bat : at q[ue] […]a mili
tes subire regeba[n]t[ur]
: q[ue?] […] […]
ig[n]omini[…] s[…]abat

Penn Libraries call number: Inc S-88
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