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Provenance & Bindings

The books in Queens' Old Library provide an exceptionally rich source of original bindings, provenance information and other early modern signs of book use. This browsable image gallery offers an extensive (and growing) sample of some of these copy-specific features, all of which are searchable by keyword and subject term.

All books featured in the galleries below are catalogued on iDiscover, the online Cambridge Libraries Catalogue, and a link to the record can be found in the image caption.

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Manuscript waste

Printed waste

If you see errors in our transcriptions from inscriptions and annotations,
or if you have any other thoughts you'd like to share regarding these fabulous books,
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