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:

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