"THYS BOKE IS MYNE"
on exhibit November 13, 2002 through March 1, 2003
Markings: Signatures (Traces
of Other Lives)
Research on provenance
considers many different types of evidence, but there is nothing like
seeing a signature to re-enforce the personal connection between people
and their books.
Dorothy Wilde her book 1645 identifies one of many women who owned
Mary Joyner her book appears in another copy, and there are others,
suggesting the popularity of Sidney's tale with women readers.
Henry Fletcher but not his Book is not the only reader who felt compelled
to write his name in a book he borrowed.
Samuel Saunders his Book wch I gave to my son James Saunders 1699
tells its own story. Research for the exhibition turned up hundreds of
examples of the way people signed their books in the early modern period.
Sir Robert Dudley, Earl
John Jewel. A Defence of the Apologie of the Churche of Englande. London,
Henry Wykes, 1567.
Nearly 90 books are known to have survived from Leicester's library and
each is important for giving us a glimpse of this famous Elizabethan.
A Defence of the Apologie is immaculate, totally unmarked except
for Dudley's prominent signature, R. Leycester., on the verso of
the title page.
Signature facing title page in STC 14600
Books | Collectors |
Markings | Henry VIII |
Actors' Books | Ordinary
Books Made Famous | Bindings | Manuscript
Book Lists | Women Collectors | Inscriptions
| 18th Century | Alexander
Pope | Myne? |
This page updated March 10, 2003