Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Bookplate inside 1949's
"The West of England"

I suspect this was a fairly common bookplate template that was available for easy personalization in the mid-20th century. In fact, I'm half-surprised I haven't already featured this bookshelf-themed style in a previous post. 

I did find one other example of this bookplate in a 2017 post on Philatelic Literature & Research. Perhaps a bookplate aficionado out there knows what company printed these.

This bookplate was affixed over the map that appears on the inside front cover of The West of England, a 1949 history book written by Ruth Manning-Sanders. (That was during her short but prolific non-fiction phase, when she also wrote Swan of Denmark: The Story of Hans Christian Andersen; Seaside England; The River Dart; and The English Circus. All five of those titles were published between 1949 and 1952 and, yes, we should be humbled by that level of productivity.)

So, all we know is that this was from the library of "The Schiffers," which won't be nearly enough to pinpoint their identity. Here's a closer look at the bookplate illustration:

1 comment:

  1. hank you for sharing this intriguing bookplate discovery! It's fascinating to come across a bookplate that was possibly a popular template in the mid-20th century. The bookshelf-themed design adds a touch of nostalgia and charm. While the exact company that printed these bookplates remains unknown, it's always exciting to delve into the history and origins of such unique finds. The bookplate's connection to "The Schiffers" sparks curiosity, but unfortunately, identifying their specific identity may prove challenging. Nonetheless, the bookplate serves as a tangible reminder of the past and adds a special touch to the book it once adorned. To know more, please visit- Fashion