One of the many good points I have learned during the last six months of collecting bookplates is, that the enigma of Edward Hale was solved, at least in part. Two or three months ago I got a message from California. I was informed that Mr. Hale was a Master of Wine and wine buyer for Harvey's of Bristol and that he passed on in the early 1990s.
Loose bookplates have their own and interesting role for collectors. In addition, if pasted into books, bookplates enter in a larger cultural circulation. Through them one can also try to reconstruct collections in libraries that have disappeared for some reason or other. Furthermore, many thoughts were stimulated when I found an ex libris in a book, not affixed to the book, but drawn directly on it with the greatest of skill. More and more interesting questions and other stimulating thoughts were stirred as I became acquainted with the art of the bookplate. But this is a worthy endeavour.