Published by A. Mercer, Tobacconist, not dated, card no. 2068-272. Unused postcard, 13.9 by 8.9 cm. Minor wear at the corners. A classic view of the Pantiles, in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. To the right stands the shop of H.G. Groves displaying a sign for The Tabard Inn Library, as well as a sign for Onoto Pens. On the left can be seen W.J. Biggs, Grocer. View More...
np, Book Token for Boots Booklovers Library: nd
Seller ID: 3236
Condition: Very Good
Ivorine tag printed in green, approx. 3 by 3.5 cm. Very good with light soiling. The Boots Booklovers Library, which had no connection to Seymour Eaton’s Booklovers Library based in Philadelphia, was formed in 1898 and were located within over a hundred Boots shops, a chain of English pharmacies. In its heyday, the lending library had over 500,000 subscribers. The concern lasted until 1966. This token, an ivorine version of their logo and labels, reads on the verso “This voucher is issued in lieu of one book & must be surrendered when borrowing recommences or the subscription expires.... View More...
Gelatin silver print, c. 1905, 24.4 by 29.8 cm, mounted on a 33 by 41 cm card. No studio mark or date. While the mounting card has large dampstains, mildew stains in the lower margin, and edge wear, the photo is very good with only a dark, finger-like 6 cm drip stain from the lower edge of the print. Slight bowing of the print and card. A lovely winter scene of two men shoveling and sweeping snow in the commons of the Pantiles, in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. To their right stands the shop of H.G. Groves displaying two signs for The Tabard Inn Library, as well as a sign for Onoto Pens. View More...
Published by I.L. Maduro Jr., Panama, not dated, card no. 2C. Unused postcard, 13.7 by 8.7 cm. Minor wear at the corners. A view of Front Street in Colon featuring the shop of Irvin Thomas, whose sign reads “Newspapers, Periodicals, Tabard Inn Library” (very tiny, but legible). View More...
New York, Illustrated Postal Card Co.: 1909
Seller ID: 3226
Condition: very good
Published by Illustrated Postal Card Co., New York, card no. 309, the card is not dated but it has a 1904 postmark from Adrian, Michigan. Postally used postcard, 14 by 9 cm. Light edge and corner wear, and a couple faint corner creases. Card featuring The Lamb Fence Co. in Adrian, overstamped with the message “Adrian, Mich. / A new lot of books for the tabard Inn Library, just received; and contains the best of Fiction, Art, Science, Travel, Biography and Etc. Make your selection now. / 10/12 Maumee St. E. / G. Roscoe Swift.” Addressed to Mrs. Frank E. Kennedy in Adrian. View More...
Postcard from the “Yesterday’s Britain 1890’s-1950's” series, Set 39, 13.5 by 8.8 cm. Near fine. Features a 1930 image of W.H. Smit & Son, Booksellers on the front and a brief quote from the same time period about the state of architecture used by chain store in Britain.” View More...
The Tabard Inn Library bookplate, no designer, nd (circa 1902-05), 10.1 by 14.6 cm. Used, very good with light rippling at the edges. The date section has not been used, but the stamped book number (4415) is present. Founded in 1902 by Seymour Eaton, the Tabard Inn Library was a membership library with stations in the form of revolving bookcases located in drug stores and other commercial establishments throughout the United States (libraryhistorybuff.com). Books from the Tabard Inn Library had distinctive slipcases with red wrap-around bands, as well as their bookplates. View More...
No designer, nd (circa 1902-05), 10.1 by 14.8 cm. Used, very good with light edge wear, a couple of tiny tears, and paper remnants on the verso. The date section has not been used, but the stamped book number (4079) is present. Founded in 1902 by Seymour Eaton, the Tabard Inn Library was a membership library with stations in the form of revolving bookcases located in drug stores and other commercial establishments throughout the United States (libraryhistorybuff.com). Books from the Tabard Inn Library had distinctive slipcases with red wrap-around bands, as well as their bookplates. View More...
Philadelphia, The Bodley Club Library: nd
Seller ID: 3231
Not dated (c.1900-1905), 9.2 by 14.7 cm. Unused, but this plate has light creases, edge and corner wear, some tiny tears, and uneven yellowing. I don’t know much about the Bodley, other than it was yet another subscription library service developed by Seymour Eaton – “The Bodley Club Library is conducted in association with The Booklovers Library and The Tabard Inn Library—the two largest circulating libraries in the world.” Scarce. View More...
Philadelphia, The Booklovers Library: nd
Seller ID: 3230
Not dated (c.1900-1905), 7.9 by 10.5 cm. Fine, unused and unnumbered. The Booklovers Library was a circulating library of new books founded in Philadelphia in 1900 by Seymour Eaton, who would go on to create the Tabard Inn Library two years later. View More...
Camden, NJ, The Tabard Inn Corporation: 1904
Seller ID: 3235
Condition: Very Good
The Tabard Inn Corporation (Executive Offices, Philadelphia), dated July 1, 1904. Stock certificate printed in shades of green and red with a green embossed seal by the Security Bank Note Company of Philadelphia, perforated on left edge, 28.5 by 25 cm. Very good with creases from being folded in thirds, and a light crease along the bottom, through the center of the seal, where it was folded, probably to fit in a standard-size envelope. “Certificate for 5 Shares of the Capital Stock of The Tabard Inn Corporation Issued to Margaret Louisa Turnbull / Dated July 1st, 1904 / Common Stock.” ... View More...
Philadelphia, The Tabard Inn Library, Home Office: 1903
Seller ID: 3232
Condition: Near Fine
Stiff paper membership card with rounded corners, 9.8 by 6 cm. Near fine. A scarce membership card for the year 1903. Printed in black, green, and red, the name of the cardholder – Mrs. Julian Nance – and the date of issue and membership number are hand-written. “Privileges and Conditions” are on the verso. View More...
Philadelphia/Chicago, The Tabard Inn Library/Chicago Record-Herald: 1903
Seller ID: 3233
Condition: Near Fine
Dated September 18, 1903. Subscription receipt printed on both sides in black, tan, and red, 13.4 by 8.2 cm. Near fine with two tiny staple holes near the right edge. A temporary receipt – pending arrival of the bearer’s membership ticket – from the Chicago Record-Herald. This promotion entitled Clark H. Eno to a free subscription to the Tabard Inn Library for as long as they subscribe to the Record-Herald newspaper. Eno’s name, as well as a representative from the Record-Herald, are hand-written. View More...
Philadelphia, The Tabard Inn Library, Home Offices: nd
Seller ID: 3234
Condition: Good - Very Good
The Tabard Inn Library, Home Offices, under the management of The Booklovers Library, c.1903. Two-sided certificate printed in black red, blue, yellow and green with an embossed red seal, perforated on three edges, 22.5 by 19.7 cm. Very good with creases from having been folded in fourths and soiling on the right half of the verso. An elegant and very official-looking Life Membership certificate, designed by E.N. Mayor, entitling the bearer—in this case, Mr. H.H. Stevens—to “all the literary and educational privileges of The Tabard Inn Library.” On the verso is a form to transfer m... View More...
Red cloth with gilt spine and cover titles and black and brown cover decorations, 13 by 19.8 cm, 317 pp. plus 3 pages of publisher ads. Dulled gilt on the spine and a dampstain on the center of the spine (possible from a removed label). There is a small corner stain on pp. 62-65. The decorative front cover looks very good and there is an unnumbered bookplate for The Tabard Inn Library on the front pastedown. “A deserted house with a troubled past, a mysterious countess, and an equally mysterious derelict…” A mystery from this early dystopian author of the Doom of London series. View More...