Modern Books & Manuscripts Collection

Houghton Library Bookplate Collections


Bookplate donated by Daniel B. Fearing. Designed by S.L.S. in 1899. Dimensions: 4.8 x 7.9. Features: Trout; 'Wish us the wind south';

Bookplate donated by Daniel B. Fearing. Designed by S.L.S. in 1899. Features: Trout; "Wish us the wind south"; "Newport, R.I."; Fishing rod. From the Harvard Libraries collection.

The bookplate collection at Houghton Library comprises over 20,000 individual plates, from book collectors and libraries all over the world.

The core of the collection is that of Daniel Butler Fearing, whose collection of over 11,500 books and nearly 4,000 bookplates on angling themes came to the library in 1915. The bookplate collection is organized roughly by subject, using categories created by Fearing and by Harvard librarians.

Images of bookplates in the collection can be viewed on the Modern Books & Manuscripts Flickr page. Within each category, bookplates are sorted alphabetically by collector surname. Information collected on each bookplate includes the artist, collector’s country of origin, size of the plate, and prominent pictorial characteristics (e.g. “penguin”, “tree,” “ship”.) Within Houghton Modern’s page on Flickr, bookplates can be searched by characteristic. From the search bar at the top of the screen, type a query, and choose “Houghton Modern’s Photostream” from the menu that pops up below the search bar.

A detailed list of bookplates in the Houghton collection can be obtained by contacting the Modern department at 617-495-2449 or e-mail.

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Subject List

Categories not linked to Flickr have been cataloged, but are not yet digitized.

Fearing Bookplates
Fish Armorial
Mentioned in Moule’s Heraldry of Fish

Harvard Bookplates
Harvard Men
Harvard general
Harvard College
Harvard University
Harvard Libraries
Harvard Library Bookplates (proofs)

Library Bookplates
College libraries
College libraries, foreign
Special libraries
Public libraries
Public libraries, foreign

Special Artists
Bookplates in this category were designed by prominent artists, are visually striking, or did not cleanly fit into another category when those categories were created.

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