British Library Stamp Guide

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Once again, I am at the British Library. Right at this moment, I have this beauty on my desk: “Exemplario. Libro llamado exēplario: enel q̃l se contiene muy buena dotrina y graues sentēcias debaxo de gracious fabulas: nueuamēte corregido.” It was printed by Juan Crōberger in Sevilla in 1534. It is number 2449 in the Bibliotheca Tieckiana. Fortunately, the British Library (vivat, crescat, floreat) has supplied a scan – have a look!

It’s quite a treat – but then again, it shows the problems that go along with scans. It does not contain the verso side of page LX, which is blank but for the British Library stamp that records the accession date of the book – 5:1:50 (as in January 5th, 1850.) These stamps are very important markers, especially in the British Library. Various stamps refer to different acquisition periods or even the exact date. Have a look at this excellent blog entry: A Guide to British Library Book Stamps.

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