I thought today I might show some of the bookplates from the Hatfield House collection.
One of the problems I sometimes face when cataloguing historic books is trying to identify who the bookplate might belong to or what its connection is to the rest of the library holdings. For example, the store collection I’m intermittedly cataloguing at Calke Abbey indicates that the books of various members of the extended Mosley family were amalgamated over time, before they arrived at Calke through the marriage of Godfrey Mosley to Hilda Crewe in 1918. This kind of detective work was less necessary for the Hatfield collection where myself and Peter Hoare undertook a fairly wide-sweeping survey which didn’t allow for much time to research each provenance at length.
Early Armorial bookplate of James Cecil, 5th Earl of Salisbury (1691-1728) [Franks 5463]
Bamber Gascoyne, M.P. for Chilwall and Liverpool (1757-1824), father of Frances Mary Gascoyne (1802-1839), who married James Brownlow William Cecil, 2nd Marquess of Salisbury (not in Franks)
“Salisbury 1783”: this probably is the bookplate of James Cecil (1748-1823), 7th Earl of Salisbury before he became the 1st Marquess of Salisbury (not in Franks)
Nineteenth-century “Cranborne” bookplate, possibly belonging to James Emilius William Evelyn Gascoyne-Cecil (1821-1865), styled Viscount Cranborne between 1823-1865.
Something completely different! A French early eighteenth-century armorial shield with a count’s coronet, lettered ‘Michaeli Begon et amicis 1709’ (that is: ‘Michel Begon and his friends, 1709’). This is where time didn’t allow us to explore the provenance or the book’s connection to the Hatfield collections further. It was found in a French seventeenth-century edition of the history written by Procopius of Caesaria (in Greek). Michel Begon may have been Michel V Begon (1638-1710), a French official whose wife was related to Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683).