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Marginalia solve Mona Lisa mystery?

From Reuters:
Now experts at the Heidelberg University library say dated notes scribbled in the margins of a book by its owner in October 1503 confirm once and for all that Lisa del Giocondo was indeed the model for one of the most famous portraits in the world.

Another Nice Inscription…

I’ve previously mentioned my interest in books with interesting non-authorial inscriptions. This one crossed my desk last week (my description follows) and is (at least for the moment), for sale:

Barbour, Ralph H. [BOONE, Joel T.]. THE ARRIVAL OF JIMPSON [Signed by Presidential physician and Congressional Medal of Honor Winner Joel T. Boone]. New York: [...]

Oh my…

I’m slowly forming a collection of books with interesting non-authorial inscriptions or marginalia. I’m fascinated by the way reader’s interact physically with books and the narratives and emotions these markings can suggest. And I plan on highlighting some of these here. The above is one of my favorites. I found it [...]