Monday, January 22, 2007

Book Labels *(click here for my ebay listings)

T. Sparrow was a self taught wood engraver who worked in Annapolis, Maryland from about 1765 to 1780. He seems to have signed all his bookplates which after two hundred thirty years is most appreciated by bookplate collectors and students of printing history.
Samuel Jordan Cabell (1756-1818), left college to fight in the American revolution.

From 1785 to 1803 he served in congress.

This is an early label from Connecticut measuring 80 X 178 mm border to border and undoubtedly came from a large quarto or folio volume.It is also one of my favorites.


List Of Dated American Book Labels (A work in Progress) Early English Book Label For J. Taylour

In 1976, Brian North Lee wrote Early Printed Book Labels.

You can probably get a copy on ABE for under $20.00 . It's certainly worth a good deal more than that.
There is a folk art quality to these early printed gems that has always appealed to me. The Lee book deals mainly with English book labels.Very little has been written about American book labels.There is an article by R.W.G.Vail in the September-October 1933 issue of The American Book Collector and Charles Dexter Allen devotes a chapter to the subject in American Bookplates I have reproduced a list of dated American book labels from the text of the Vail article..It is something to build upon and I would be delighted to receive scans or information about additional book labels. Send your information to
*EBAY LISTINGS -. Let's face it , from time to time , I need to support my "habit" by selling duplicates on Ebay . Before the weekend of January 26th is over I will have listed about 25 choice items. You Can see them by searching Ebay by my seller name bookplatemaven or simply clicking on the Book Labels title at the top of this posting.

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