|Collection||Crafts Study Centre|
|Description||Designs for binding stamps used at the Royal Library, Windsor castle. Modern gilt impressions of the surviving stamps made in 1982. On binding leathers.|
|Id Number Current Accession||C.86.53.1-5|
|History||Designs for binding stamps for use in the Royal Bindery, Windsor. Drawn in November 1910 on the accession to the throne of King George V. Item number 9 in Elkin Mathews' Catalogue (159) was described as follows:
Two autograph letters signed from Sir John Fortescue, the King's Librarian, and some lettering and a telegram from E.J. 1910.
8 pp. 8vo. asking for designs of lettering for stamping the King's books. 'The letters that I require are of course G.R., which I use singly or together surmounted by a crown'. Sends rubbings of letters from an Edward VI binding and a Clovis Eve crown. Also needs design for GEO. V. REX, &c., &c. Second letter approves lettering sent, this letter incomplete at end.
The telegram is E.J.'s copy of one sent to suggest dates for a visit to Windsor.
Also two very fine, large capital 'G's' and a crown, written and drawn by E.J. on blue paper.
In Author and Curator (Blackwood, 1933), Sir John Fortescue remarked ‘Mr Edward Johnston's admirable little hand-book on Writing, Illuminating and Lettering has passed through many editions; and I am proud to remember that he wrote with his own hand some noble capitals as models for book-stamps at Windsor'. Johnston's fee of eight guineas was paid, after some delay, on 12 December 1912.
|Rights Owner||Andrew and Angela Johnston/Crafts Study Centre 2004|
|Style Period Period||1910s|