If you like exploring a book's provenance, you've probably channeled you inner genealogist at times to mine the clues provided in inscriptions and bookplates, or notes, letters, and other ephemera laid in. I use such clues often when researching a book's previous ownership.
This is just a quick post to recommend a link to an enjoyable piece of writing on the subject.
Over at the Book Tryst blog, Cokie G. Anderson has written an excellent article with some fine, albeit uncommon, examples of provenance discovery. Check it out for a little inspiration in your own sleuthing activities.
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