Here’s a great quote that would be well suited for a bookplate:
“I have a peaceful study, as a refuge from the hurries and noise of the world around me; the venerable dead are waiting in my library to entertain me, and relieve me from the nonsense of surviving mortals.” — Samuel Davies
Another quote that I’m particularly fond of, reputedly by Ben Franklin:
“Only a fool loans books; half the books in my library were loaned.”
But apparently memory is a poor servant, or I heard wrong, for this site indicates the author of that quip was instead Anatole France:
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other people have lent me.
– Anatole France
I think I like my version better. Anyway, all that by way of introduction and an excuse to present some bookplates from a few of the volumes in the research library at the PCA Historical Center: Continue reading “Bookplates”