Have you ever thought about having your own bookplate? Steve did, for a long time. Then he decided he would make it happen. He now has 6 bookplates (or 8, depending on how you count). His article tells you about his experience and then what you need to know to avoid false starts. Even if the desire to have your own bookplate has not yet overwhelmed you, you’ll like Steve’s quirky insight into the strange, driven world of collecting.

Many of the Maskelyne items in the Davenport Collection were made for public consumption: programmes, publicity material, printed books, and so on. One of our shelves is occupied by books which were always intended to be private. They are the surviving business records of the Maskelynes at St George’s Hall.
The purpose of this article is to record the scope of these business records and provide examples of their content.

Albert Smith (1816-1860) was a Victorian entertainer, novelist and raconteur who had great success appearing at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, in the 1850s. This was long before the magician J. N. Maskelyne appeared there. See also N1909 for an engraving of Albert Smith.

These postcards and business card, originally from the Davenport Collection, were framed as gift for Claude Perry. Some years later, following Claude’s death, the item returned to the collection as a gift from David Cridland.