Marbled Paper

roy modus 2a
roy modus 2a
Houseman 2a
Houseman 2a
Roberts b1
Roberts b1
Malcolm 1a
Malcolm 1a
Hogarth 2a
Hogarth 2a
Grosley 1
Grosley 1
Destinations 3a
Destinations 3a
Cobbett1a
Cobbett1a
Baudelaire 1a
Baudelaire 1a

Bookplates

Mennens a
Mennens a
lutzow 2a
lutzow 2a
Lery 1
Lery 1
Ker 3
Ker 3
Finlayson 4a
Finlayson 4a
deshouliers 3a
deshouliers 3a
Dennis 3a
Dennis 3a
defoe 4a
defoe 4a
budge 2a
budge 2a

Red and Black Printed Title Pages

roy modus 4a
roy modus 4a
Landon 3a
Landon 3a
Buchanan 1a
Buchanan 1a
B276b
B276b
b297b1
b297b1
Blondeel 4a
Blondeel 4a
juvenal 3a
juvenal 3a
west 1a
west 1a
Myth 3a
Myth 3a

Vellum

Scott 1
Scott 1
Pyne a
Pyne a
Myth 1
Myth 1
Lery 1a
Lery 1a
Fielding 1
Fielding 1
Book of Hours 2
Book of Hours 2
b311 b
b311 b
b297a
b297a
b296a
b296a

Provenance and Associations

One of the enchantments and enrichments of collecting rare books is the discovery of an added element which illuminates our perception - of an unchronicled moment in history, of a hidden relationship: a gateway into an uncharted territory, which makes the item totally unique, and transforms it in some way.  The quest is for the unique and the incomparable.

A book may be simply or elaborately signed by the author.  A dedication from the author to a person of note adds an association.  An additional note or letter of association extends the curiosity.  An ownership bookplate or an inscription can be enlightening.  Inscriptions, annotations or bookplates of writers, politicians and notable public figures can shed light on their influences, enhanced by style, notes and underlinings. 

The association may be simple, it may be so complex that the truth of it has been lost in time.  Sometimes an inscription adds a note to history, and occasionally may rewrite history. 

Undoubtedly many important association copies of books and manuscripts have been lost for ever simply because their provenance went unrecognised. 

As private libraries and personal collections amassed over several generations are with increasing frequency inherited, sold and dispersed, the associations of the books from them can become more difficult to identify or decipher. 

Take a glance through our Provenance catalogue:

https://www.biblio.com/search.php?catalog=38362629&stage=1

looking closer you will catch here associations not only within each book, but associations between books and people which tell a veiled tale of their time, their owners, the social milieu, and of their respective loss if not treasured.