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The following books describe methods of provenance research for objects of various kinds, especially fine art objects and books.

Methods in provenance research

Pearson, David.  Provenance Research in Book History: A Handbook London:  The British Library, 1994.

Vitalizing Memory:  International Perspectives on Provenance Research.  Washington, DC:  American Association of Museums, 2005.

Yeide, Nancy H.  The AAM Guide to Provenance Research.  Washington, DC.:  American Association of Museums, 2001.

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