this collection of bookseller labels was bought at auction many years ago. i usually recall what i paid for most everything i buy but i do not remember what I paid for this collection (which may mean i paid too much). this was the beginning of my bookseller labels collection. they are little jewels of typography. the play of typefaces, sizes, colors and breadth of originality is enormous. these are extremely hard to find. there are quite a few collectors of these jewels but i do not rate a phone call from a dealer when a collection becomes available. i have heard of one collector in holland who has thousands. this particular collection contains about 30 pages from a book long since fallen apart. i believe it was put together at the turn of the twentieth century. i have spent time looking through old books in hopes of finding an old label or two. often someone has beaten me to it. usually on the inside back cover there is a spot, lighter than the rest of the page where a label once resided, long since discovered and placed in someone else’s collection. enjoy!