Biblio-ephemera

One of the collections here at Zetetic HQ is of what we like to call biblio-ephemera, or book related ephemera; including a half-hearted bookmark collection and quite a few bookplates, binders tickets, booksellers billheads and bookseller trade cards.

Our primary interest, however, are bookseller labels. Rickards in his excellent ‘Encyclopaedia of Ephemera’ describes them as “in effect a miniature trade card … generally printed in black on a thin colour-tinted paper … and in a variety of shapes” (see below)

booksellerlabels

There are several books and websites devoted to collecting them, the best is www.sevenroads.org (then click on the link to the ‘Gallery of Book Trade Labels’), the site has hundreds of pictures of examples and also has a good bibliography on the subject, as well as several other web links

Bibliopolium

booktrades

I have used this image of a book shop before (in a previous life), but I do like the description – particularly the bookseller selleth books, which certainly isn’t the case much of the time. I don’t know where the page comes from, presumably an edition of the ‘Book of Trades’. The woodcut bears some resemblance to life here at Zetetic HQ, though I have more books on the floor…

New year, new job, new website, new blog…

Well here we go again, back to self-employment…

Welcome to the new website, the first one I’ve built (with quite a few issues to iron out, but hopefully still useable). The page indexes don’t work, so if you want to look at the stock please use the ‘product categories’ to the left (effectively the book catalogues), rather than the page numbers at the foot of the stock page. I hope to able to work out how to standardise the product box sizes as well, so it looks a bit cleaner, but haven’t been able to work it out yet…

I hope to use the blog to introduce items of interest, aspects of bibliophilia and anything else which I decide I must share…

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(The page indexes now work!)