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Quite a small class of crests, but providing an interesting range from military, through medical and private; a pictorial crest for the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge; a simple blind embossed crest for the library of the House of Commons, and a very handsomely engraved crest for the Guildhall Library, London.

The collection contains other crests in the category which are not illustrated here:

  Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
  Bodleian Library, Oxford
  British Museum
  Cheltenham Public Library
  Chetham's Hospital & Library
  House of Commons Library
  London Museum.
  William C Long's Southern Counties Library, Reading
  Mudies Select Library Ltd
  Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth
  Museum Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow
  Museum of Practical Geology
  National Museum of Wales
  Norwich Castle Museum
  Officers Library Barbados
  Radcliffe Library, Oxford
  Library St. Bartholomews Hospital
  Salford Royal Museum & Library
  Science & Art Museum, Dublin
  Trinity College Library, Cambridge
  G Wakeling's Royal Library, Brighton

A crest for the library of the Parliament of Victoria, Australia, is illustrated at Australia Government.

The most unexpected library crest came in the form of an unused sheet of white notepaper blind impressed 'Knowsley Hall Servants Library'. Most of the great houses of the UK, and many smaller houses, boasted libraries, but how many had one specifically for the servants? Knowsley Hall, Prescot, Lancashire was the seat of the Earls of Derby.



Treachers of Brighton were involved, as retailers, in the crest trade. Illustrated on the right is their trade label in a William Lincoln third edition album of c1894, and on the left a monogram impressed with their stamp.

Another private library was the Chaucer's Head, which was conducted at 5 Temple Row, Birmingham by William Downing. Downing printed several small works in the 1880s, and issued a regular book circular, the Chaucer's Head, probably in connection with his library, the 275th number of which is dated February 1893. He subsequently issued a catalogue of books for sale, probably a successor to the Chaucer's Head, of which the British Library hold numbers 509 to 594, running from 1912 to 1925.

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