This isn’t really a book. No, that’s not right. It’s a hardcover binding, so it’s definitely a book. That’s a convolute of multiple articles taken from various magazines published on the brink of the 20th century. And it’s about bookplates.
Even while it’s not really a book about book arts, I decided to digitize and to share it with the patrons of iBookBinding at Patreon (available to patrons with pledges of $5 per month and more). Here I will post the general index handwritten by the collector of these articles, and some of the pages.
And there’s more story to tell about the book itself and its presumable first owner.
Articles come from various magazines published in the UK and US in between 1897 and 1901. On one of the magazine covers, I found an address and a name of the subscriber: Joseph Jackson Howard. That’s presumably the person who lived in 1827-1902 and was an English genealogist and the Maltravers Herald of Arms Extraordinary. At least that explains why the last magazine is dated December 1901. As it appears, besides other activities, he was an early collector of bookplates.
The latest margin note I could find in the book relates to the marriage of Princess Alice Mary of Albany and Prince Alexander of Teck in 1904 and was supposedly made by the inheritor of the collection or the next owner.
Understandably, many of the bookplates depicted in these magazines are related to genealogy, but some are quite different. All in all, this volume is an interesting thing to browse through and read.
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