Antique 1888 steel engraving bookplate!
James Varnum Smiley
Born: April 1, 1820
More info: Teacher at Centre Grammar School. Haverhill Postmaster. Opened the Haverhill Bookstore. Mayor of Haverhill. Freemason. Haverhill Commandery Of Knights Templar.
Portrait with signature facsimile.
This is from a collection of bookplates rescued from a badly damaged two volume 1888 first edition set entitled "History Of Essex County Massachusetts, With Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers And Prominent Men." By D. Hamilton Hurd.
For provenance, you will receive a copy of the title page. We also leave the edge untrimmed, which provides origin provenance.
The approximate entire bookplate size is 7.5 x 10.5 inches or 19 x 27 cm. The backside, or verso, is blank.
Very good. See images for condition, some have spots, foxing, tears, etc.