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Viner Bookplate Collection

The collection of over 1,500 bookplates, donated by George Heath Viner of Heathfield, East Sussex, consists largely of those designed by Charles William Sherborn (1831–1912) between 1860 and 1912. 

Viner had a life-long interest in Sherborn, and with the artist’s son Charles he compiled a catalogue of his bookplate designs, published in A sketch of the life and work of Charles William Sherborn (1912).

Another important collection of bookplates is to be found among the Tabley Muniments.

Finding aids

  • Published catalogue of Sherborn bookplates, Charles Davies Sherborn, A Sketch of the Life and Work of Charles William Sherborn, Painter-Etcher... with a catalogue of his bookplates (London, 1912). See also note in Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, vol. 33 (1950-1), p. 199.


The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library