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About this collection

This collection of over 300 engraved and hand-drawn bookplates contains plates of individuals, colleges, and circulating libraries in a variety of styles. Personal bookplates in the 1700s featured coats of arms and heraldic emblems that symbolized owners' wealth and lineage. Noted American engravers, among them Nathaniel Hurd, Peter Rushton Maverick, Joseph Callender, and Amos Doolittle, designed these elaborate plates. Bookplates in the 1800s and 1900s showed more allegorical and pictorial subjects. In the early 1900s, artist Louis Rhead designed plates with allegorical figures and garden scenes.


Many notes in the records were taken from Charles Dexter Allen's American Book-plates, a guide to their study with examples published in 1905.

 
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