Bookplate for John Turnbull Knox, 1896, James Herbert McNair

Book cover with titles and two symmetrical female figures

Etching
s.b.r. in plate: ‘J. HERBERT McNAIR. INV. DEL.’; d.b.l. in plate ‘1896 –’; inscr.t. in plate: ‘JOHN TURNBULL KNOX / HIS BOOK’; inscr.b. in plate: ‘NOURISHED BY MIDDLE EARTH / BREATHED ON BY HEAVENLY / DEW. / FLOURISHED A TREE OF WORTH / FLOURISHED AND / GREW. / THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE’
9.3 x 6.4 (3 ¾ x 2 ½)
Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

Collecting and designing bookplates were fashionable activities at the turn of the last century.

Competitions were run by art journals, an ‘Ex Libris’ society founded, and major private collections established.

Given the McNairs’ interest in literary sources, it is not surprising that they too produced bookplates. Knox has not as yet been securely identified.