Saturday 21 March 2015

.....And We're Back!

My apologies for my enforced absence from this part of the hobby, looking back I see it's been almost two years since my last post on the blog. I've still been actively engaged in collecting and researching Canadian bookplates, but I had to devote my writing time to completing another academic publication last year and as such had to trim other activities as a result. Unfortunately this blog was one of the "writing" casualties, but now that the book is published I'm free to return to other interests for the time being.

One of the main projects ongoing has been the development of a new illustrated history and catalogue of Canadian bookplates. Prescott's book published almost a century ago now (1919) contained only 1765 entries in its catalogue and not all of the entries were accompanied by biographical information. I've since discovered that as enterprising as Prescott, Harrod, and Ayearst were in developing their list they missed recording over a thousand other Canadian ex Libris dating prior to 1919. In addition, I've added to the list another thousand items dating from 1920-1990, and at present I conservatively estimate perhaps as many as another 2000 entries are still waiting to be included. I haven't quite worked out what the final publication will look like, but I am hoping to make it as comprehensive as possible. As always, any information you have to share on Canadian bookplates is greatly appreciated.  

Being away from the webblog also gave me a bit of time to think about how I'd like to reshape things online a bit. There's some interesting developments on that front as well, so be sure to check back here for updates in the near future. Otherwise, I hope collecting has been going well for everyone and for those of you who had sent emails I will reply as soon as possible. Until next time...

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