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Collection Crafts Study Centre
Calligrapher Edward Johnston
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
Subject calligraphy, design
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



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