Florian Ruhland

Where do our books come from?

Provenance in the Iron Library

Ferrum 91/2019

To mark its 70th anniversary, the Iron Library held a special exhibition in which it presented a selection of book provenances from the 16th to the 20th century. The present article provides more detailed information on some of the provenances displayed and explains the historical background of the collections where the books were housed before the Iron Library acquired them. Even though the Iron Library is only beginning to research and catalog its provenances, there is evidence of a large reservoir and a great deal of potential that offer a wide range of starting points for further research.

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