|A sample of bookbinder tickets and seller's labels|
These mini tabs are often found in the bottom or top corner of the gutters of the pastedown, or on the endpapers, of many older books and were used by binders and sellers as a way of advertising their part in bringing a book to market. Some sources suggest they saw first use in the 18th century but an exact date of introduction seems less certain. Still, they constitute an important book artifact and offer us great insight into the book trade of years past. Whether your interest is books or local history, there's much research enjoyment to be founds in these tiny treasures.
|labels and tickets in all shapes and sizes|
I seem to have amassed quite the pile of these things and am in the process of separating out the Canadian ones for my own collection. I also need a way to store and present them. I thinking about putting them into an album, but does anyone have any ideas on how I might be able to display these?
Also, even after I've separated out what I want from the piles I'll be stuck with a large collection of old British, American and other international labels that I'll be looking to swap for Canadian bookplates, or perhaps, to sell to someone else who may appreciate them more than I will. If labels are your thing, get in touch at the email above and I'll be glad to send you a photo of what there is on offer. hopefully, these labels can find their way to a good home. Until next time