Ten 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. The Bibliomites was more of a social club than a union. Walter Harris was the editor of its newsletter, 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 nine essays to Biblionotes as my first nine Christmas blog posts: Ex-Libris, Chapbooks, Grangerisers, Miniature Books, Peter Motteux, The Bewicks and Their Bookplates, The Rochester Press, The Book-Plates of Samuel Pepys, and The Beldornie Reprints. This year I am posting his essay about C. W. Sherborn.
If you want to know more about Bibliomites, Biblionotes, and Walter Harris, I recommend that you read my Dec 2013 Biblio Researching blog post:
About Bibliomites, Biblionotes, and Walter “Wally” Harris.
C. W. Sherborn