Recently, as I was searching the archives, I came across a box of bookplates which had been collected during the early 1900’s. It seems that at some point, Marcia Noyes had advertised in the Maryland Medical Journal that she was collecting bookplates, and many people responded!
The plates are being scanned into digital files so that they’re not lost. The plates are in small paper folders, each with notes about the donor and other details. However, many of the files are empty, and have a written note that the plate were added to a book – perhaps a ledger or a scrapbook. Of course, I’ve not found that, but that’s not to say it doesn’t exist!
What do you think about MedChi having an exhibition of the bookplates? I was thinking of enlarging them to poster size and then displaying them. I think it would be fun! You could see a lot more of the detail if they were enlarged.
I still have four more folders to look through and scan the interesting bookplates. Let me know which one you like the most!