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Album of valentine cards


Publisher: J.W. & Co. Ltd.




Album with grey cloth covers and brown leaves. 'ALBUM' stamped in brown ink within an Art Nouveau-style medallion at the centre of the front cover. Donor bookplate pasted to the front pastedown. Hand-written inscription in graphite at upper left: '6?1 / 85'. One of 13 albums bound with grey cloth covers and brown Art Nouveau-style stamped title design.
Contains valentine cards from the collection of Dr. J.W.L. Glaisher, including examples from the 'Despondent Lover' set and designs by Edward Gilks.

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Bequeathed by Dr J. W. L. Glaisher, 1928

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


20th century
Circa 1890 CE - Circa 1918 CE

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Inscription present: Etched bookplate printed in brown ink featuring the above text inside a scroll bordered by acanthus leaves. Two shields above featuring the Cambridge University coat of arms and Trinity College coat of arms, entwined with acanthus leaves; three pottery vessels below of which the central, multi-handled tyg is sprouting acanthus leaves. "G. W. Eve f." at lower left. The bookplate is thought to have been commissioned about 1907. Julia Poole has identified the pottery featured in the book plate as representing three of the major types of pottery in Glaisher's collection. They are, from left to right: an English delftware posset pot, an Wrotham slipware tyg and a Delft vase in Oriental style. See Julia Poole, _James Whitbread Lee Glaisher ScD, FRS (1848-1928) Mathematician and Collector_ (exhibition catalogue, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 12 January-18 April, 1999), Case 1, Bookplate of J.W.L. Glaisher, p. 6. The central Wrotham slipware tyg is additionally inscribed with several mathematical symbols. Glaisher described these to Miss Catherine Parsons in response to a discussion they are having about book plates. See Fitzwilliam Museum, MS 864-1985, 6th September, 1923, letter to Miss Catherine Parsons.

  • Text: J.W.L. Glaisher Sc.D., Coll.SS.Trin.Cant. Soc. E Libris
  • Location: Front pastedown
  • Method of creation: Etching
  • Type: Bookplate

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14346-R
Primary reference Number: 206568
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Created: Thursday 13 August 2015 Updated: Friday 4 May 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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