Category Archives: Bookplates

Mystery Monday: Unicorn “Friend of the Sea”

Update: Thanks to Anita Weaver, who tweeted a link to the Ritman library, which had identified the owner associated with this bookplate.  It is the bookplate of René Philipon (1870-1936), and the greek “Philos Pontou” is a pun on Philipon’s … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: A Sexy Bookplate in a Mirrored Miniature Book

This is the first in the Small Books of September series, highlighting miniature books in the Penn Libraries collection.  The experience of reading a book may often be said to be a reflective one, but seldom is the term “reflective” … Continue reading

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William Penn and Friends

To the left is an image of William Penn’s (1644-1718) bookplate, which is pasted into the inside front cover of a copy of a 1652 edition of the typically verbose 17th century title:  Samuel Hartlib his Legacie: or an Englargement … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: Bodybuilder Bookplate

What do a giant squirrel and a he-man wearing a leafy loin cloth and a laurel wreath have in common?  Emblematic bookplates like the one shown to the left (Penn Libraries: IC55 T1856 En802s) present the provenance researcher with such … Continue reading

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