Blind-Stamped Panels in the English Book-Trade, C. 1485-1555

Blind-Stamped Panels in the English Book-Trade, C. 1485-1555

Blind-Stamped Panels in the English Book-Trade, C. 1485-1555

Blind-Stamped Panels in the English Book-Trade, C. 1485-1555

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I have repeatedly acknowledged, in the following pages, my debt to Mr. J. B. Oldham, but I wish to make it quite clear that without his investigations this monograph could not have been written-- would not, indeed, have been worth writing. In fact it is almost true to say that readers are doubly indebted to him, for supplying all the facts and none of the theories. Almost, but not quite: something has come from other sources--the list of books printed by Thomas Godfray, for example, owes whatever completeness and accuracy it may have to Mr. F. S. Ferguson. Many librarians have been courteously informative, particularly Mr. Strickland Gibson, whom I have been obliged to importune even more often than usual, so many books in the British Museum being inaccessible. Finally, Mr. F. C. Francis has been of the greatest help in preparing the book for press, correcting mistakes, supplying references, elucidating obscurities, and making the whole handier and clearer.

One name is missing from my record of benefactors: I am deeply conscious how much many of the following pages would have profited from the great knowledge of Mr. Prosper Verheyden, a knowledge extending not only to the bindings, but to all the art and life of his beloved Netherlands at the greatest period of their history. Alas ! he is lost in the black night of Europe; and when I think that he, whose opinion above all others I should have prized, will perhaps never see this book, half the pleasure of achievement passes, and Burke's familiar lament returns to the mind, 'What shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue'.

G.D.H.

November, 1943.

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