There are numerous examples of interesting (and historically notable) bookplates attached to books in our collection. Examples include books with bookplates from the libraries of Carlyle, Shane Leslie, John Evelyn, Graham Pollard, John Sparrow, Edmund Gosse, David Garrick, Richard Congreve, and Leonard Baskin. We do not have a loose collection of bookplates per se.
This group came in, again, as part of the Mitchell and Morley Kennerley collection. And while they were the property of the latter, most were likely kept and saved by Mitchell Kennerley, who as an auctioneer, sold collections to – and belongings of – many of the great book collectors of the early 20th century. The gilt-stamped cloth bookplates of collectors Cortlandt Bishop (complete with mitre) and Jerome Kern (yes, that Jerome Kern) are represented, along with the bookplate of John Quinn by Jack Butler Yeats.
And finally, this bookplate, Morley Kennerley’s, was designed by Eric Gill: