About the Exhibit

This online exhibit is based on a selection of manuscripts and early printed books held at the Special Collections Research Center, University of Michigan Library.  However, this selection is only a small representation of the research potential of our holdings: there are still numerous significant marks to be discovered and researched in our manuscript and printed books. If you have questions or comments about the exhibit, please, contact Pablo Alvarez (pabloalv@umich.edu).

For more information about the University of Michigan Special Collections Center, please visit our website.


I am very grateful to the following colleagues who generously offered their support and expertise to make this exhibit happen. Anne Cong-Huyen and Kristine Greive provided me with their technical support and feedback; Randal Stegmeyer and Karl Longstreth produced many of the high-resolution images. Moreover, I want to thank the U of M faculty and students who throughout all these years have help me identify extraordinary marks hidden in the pages of our manuscripts and early printed books. 

Rights Statement

The University of Michigan Library has placed copies of these works online for educational and research purposes. These works are believed to be in the public domain in the United States; however, if you decide to use any of these works, you are responsible for making your own legal assessment and securing any necessary permission. If you have questions about this exhibit, please contact the Special Collections Research Center (special.collections@umich.edu).  If you have concerns about the inclusion of an item in this exhibit, please contact ask-omeka@umich.edu.

Selected Bibliography

Gingerich, Owen. An Annotated Census of Copernicus' De revolutionibus (Nuremberg, 1543 and Basel, 1566). Leiden; Boston; Köln: Brill, 2002.

Gingerich, Owen & Jerzy Dobrzycki. "The Master of the 1550 Radices: Jofrancus Offusius." Journal for the History of Astronomy 24 (1993): 235-253.

Harrison, John. The Library of Isaac Newton. Cambridge;New York: Cambridge University Press, 1978. 

Katzenstein, Ursula Ephraim. "Mair Jaffe and Bookbinding Research." Studies in Bibliography and Booklore 14 (1982): 17-28.

Miller, Julia. Books will Speak Plain: a Handbook for Identifying and Describing Historical Bindings. Ann Arbor, Mich.: The Legacy Press, 2010.

Paredes, Alonso Víctor de. Institución, y origen del arte de la imprenta, y reglas generales para los componedores [Institution, and Origin of the Art of Printing, and General Rules for the Compositors]. Trans. and ed. Pablo Alvarez. Ann Arbor, MI: The Legacy Press, 2018.

Pearson, David. Provenance Research in Book History: a Handbook. London: British library, 1994.

Rhodes, Dennis E. "Notes on the bibliography of Rainerius de Pisis." iThe Electronic British Library Journal (1996): 238-241.

Roberts, Matt T. & Don Etherington. Bookbinding and the Conservation of books: A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology. Washington: Library of Congress, 1982.

Shailor, Barbara. The Medieval Book: Catalogue of an Exhibition at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. New Haven: Yale University Library, 1988.

Stoddard, Roger. Marks in Books, Illustrated and Explained (Cambridge, Mass.: Houghton Library Publications, 1985.

Vega, Garcilaso de la. Obras de Garcilaso de la Vega con anotaciones de Fernando de Herrera, (Sevilla, Alonso de la Barrera, 1580). Ed. Juan Montero. 2 vols. Sevilla: Universidad de Sevilla, 1998.

Bring Out Your Bindings!