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OPACs and lists with Provenance Data

Bruxelles, Bibliothèque royale de Belgique

>Catalogue des provenances des incunables conservés à la Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, Bruxelles
Searchable catalogue for the Royal Library’s incunable collections (use index ‘Origine’ for provenances). The Introduction provides an overview, with a list of religious houses whose books can be found in the collection.

Cambridge University Library, Incunabula Cataloguing Project

Glasgow University Library, Glasgow Incunabula Project

London, British Library

Catalogue of books printed in the XVth century now in the British Library, Part XI: England
This catalogue, begun by George Painter and brought to completion by CERL’s first Secretary, Lotte Hellinga, has a provenance index (‘Index of notes describing the copies - Names’ on pp.457-472).
The catalogue is published in The Netherlands by Hes & De Graaf Publishers BV (x, 507 p.; ISBN/ISSN: 9061943795).
Lilian G. Clark, Collectors and owners of incunabula in the British Museum: Index of Provenances for Books printed in France, Holland and Belgium. Bath, 1962.

Lyon, Bibliothèque municipale

Provenance des livres anciens, Bibliothèque municipale, Lyon
The records are in French but the marks of ownership can also be searched by their English equivalent. Also includes post-incunables.

München, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Inkunabelkatalog, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, München
The incunable database has a searchable provenance field and digitised images. It provides a searchable index to the published volumes of the incunables catalogue (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Inkunabelkatalog, Wiesbaden, 1988-2000, 5 vols).

Oxford, Bodleian Library

Catalogue of Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford
Includes a valuable provenance index of owners and donors.
The Bodleian’s incunable catalogue describes the Library’s fifteenth-century western printed books to the same standards expected in the best modern catalogues of medieval manuscripts. It records and identifies all texts contained in each volume, and the detailed analysis of the textual content is an innovative feature. Further information about authors, editors, translators, and dedicatees is given in an extensive index of names, complete with biographical and other information; this index will be of interest to textural scholars from the classical period to the renaissance. The detailed descriptions of the copy-specific features of each book (the binding, hand-decoration and hand-finishing, marginalia, and provenance) form another important contribution to scholarship. The provenance index will be of great value to all those interested in the history of the book from the 1450s to the present day. Compilers: Alan Coates, Kristian Jensen, Cristina Dondi, Bettina Wagner and Helen Dixon.
  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. 6 vols.
  Price: £600.00 (hardback).
  ISBN 0-19-951373-2.
  3088 pages, 276 mm x 219mmmm.

The catalogue is now available as downloadable PDF files at the Centre for the Study of the Book , including the Index of Provenances, Owners, Donors, and other names.

Tübingen, Universitätsbibliothek

Inkunabelkatalog INKA
Searches the incunabula holdings of 44 German libraries. For provenance searches, type a name into the “Provenienz” text box.

Online Resources for Incunabula Research

A list of OPACs and lists with Provenance Data in incunables is maintained by Klaus Graf.
In addition to the above, it includes links to :
  • UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library (ca. 450 voll.) Database with provenances
  • U Library Graz and Vorarlberger Landesbibliothek
  • U Library Augsburg (Oettingen-Wallerstein)
  • Oberösterreichische Landesbibliothek Linz
  • Incunabula Collection at Stanford University, 1467-1500 (178 voll.) List with provenances
  • Bridwell Library
  • Basel/Bern and ZB Zürich (NEBIS)
  • Mainzer Inkunabeldatenbank
  • Philadelphia, College of Physicians (400+)
  • Dibner Library
  • Vassar College (small collection)
  • Sweden
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