|Middlesex County Public Library|
As I previously mentioned these plates tend to be functional more than artistic but thankfully this isn't always the case. One attractive bookplate I recently found was for the Middlesex County Library Association. Unfortunately I have no idea when this bookplate was created, but it is signed by the artist Robert Muma (1907-1993), a notable Canadian bookbinder and restorer. Printed in blue ink, I really like his combination of landscape over the book pile/ bookshelf.
|A book for all seasons|
Of course, "lending rules" is something that commonly appears on public library bookplates. Take for example this old bookplate from the Carnegie Public Library of Ottawa. Originally sponsored by Andrew Carnegie and opened in 1906, the initial onslaught of 'borrowers' apparently created such a stir in getting at the stacks that they left the place in complete disarray, forcing the library to open several hours later than expected on its second day of business. Needless to say, it's not often that people rush into public libraries like that today.
|Rules, rules, rules ...|