Saturday, October 18, 2014

Francis Edwin Murray: A Bookseller's Label

Sometime ago I wrote a long post here on Front Free Endpaper about the bookplate of the bookseller Francis Edwin Murray. It was the practice of nineteenth and twentieth century booksellers to stick often tiny labels inside the books they were selling. There are those who collect these labels although it's an admittedly very niche field. I was delighted though to find this in the back of an otherwise unremarkable book yesterday. If you look closely at Murray's bookplate in the previous post you will see that this image (of himself I believe) is also inset into that design.

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