In 1894, the Grolier Club Library received a generous gift of eighty-five incunables from David Wolfe Bruce (1824-1895), heir to the successful New York City Bruce Typefoundry. The books formed part of the library of “typographical literature” that Bruce and his father, George, assembled over fifty years, featuring works significant in the history of typography … Continue reading A Fifteenth-century Manuscript Wrapper on a Rare Incunable in the Grolier Club Library
I am pleased to announce my guest post, written for the Early Modern Female Book Ownership blog, about an inscription documenting an early modern woman’s ownership of one of the Grolier Club Library’s incunables.
My thanks to Martine van Elk for inviting me to contribute!
By Meghan Constantinou, Librarian, The Grolier Club
At the Grolier Club Library, we were pleasantly surprised to discover an inscription documenting ownership by the English Restoration poet, Rachel Jevon (bap. 1627), on our copy of Bartolo of Sassoferrato’s Super prima parte Digesti novi, printed by Nicolas Jenson in 1478 (ISTC ib00216000). The inscription was discovered by John Lancaster while recording provenance details of the Club’s copy in CERL’s Material Evidence in Incunabula database (MEI). The database is searchable by gender, as well as many other facets. 
Rachel Jevon, born to a clergyman in the Diocese of Worcester in 1627…
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