M E R R Y C H R I ST M A S !
Nine years ago, I began a custom that bookmen of days gone by have enjoyed doing, among them Luther A. Brewer and A. Edward Newton. Each Christmas, they published a keepsake and sent it to their friends. I decided to post my Christmas keepsakes on My Sentimental Library blog, and to share them with other bibliophiles online. I already had the resource to supply the material for the next twelve years: twelve essays from Contributions to Biblionotes, the newsletter of the “Bibliomites,” the unofficial name of the Society of Antiquarian Booksellers’ Employees. Walter Harris was its editor, which means that he was the author of most, if not all, of the contributions to Biblionotes from 1953 to 1958.
I posted Walter Harris’s first eight essays to Biblionotes as my first eight Christmas blog posts: Ex-Libris, Chapbooks, Grangerisers, Miniature Books, Peter Motteux, The Bewicks and Their Bookplates, The Rochester Press, and The Book-Plates of Samuel Pepys. This year I am posting his essay, “The Beldornie Reprints.”
If you want to know more about Bibliomites, Biblionotes, and Walter Harris, I recommend that you click on the hyperlink, and read my Dec 2013 Biblio Researching blog post:
About Bibliomites, Biblionotes, and Walter “Wally” Harris.