Mr Peter Kidd
Full-day, from 10.00 - 17.00
Maximum: 15 students
Venue: Senate House

This course will show how to use many different forms of evidence to identify the origins and subsequent provenance of medieval manuscripts, from the Middle Ages to the present day. It will cover three broad categories of evidence: (a) original evidence, including colophons, heraldry, calendars, litanies, and other liturgical elements; (b) added evidence, including ownership inscriptions, press-marks, bookplates, and bindings; and (c) secondary sources, especially 17th- to 21st-century auction and dealer catalogues.

NB: Participants are encouraged to submit their own problem cases in advance of the course.


David Pearson, Provenance Research in Book History: A Handbook (1994, reprinted 1998)

Seymour de Ricci, English Collectors of Books and Manuscripts (1530-1930) and Their Marks of Ownership (1930, reprinted 1969, 1990)