Our programme for 2021 and our publications were badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. We expected in 2022 to be getting back to holding some meetings in person rather than always relying on virtual meetings on the internet. In this desire we have been repeatedly frustrated by train strikes or the prospect of these. Neverless, online talks are a good way for our members outside the UK to participate. Any non-member who is interested to join us online for such events is very welcome to do so.

We had proposed arranging on 30 September 2022 a dinner to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of The Bookplate Society (successor to the Bookplate Exchange Club which was in turn an offshoot of the Ex Libris Society). However, prospective numbers do not justify the intended outlay by the Society, and the train strike on 1 October put paid to our plans, so we saved our pennies!

Saturday, 21 January 2023 (postponed from 3 December 2022)    Auction 97
We were uncertain whether another train strike might damage our programme yet again. In delaying this auction we were thankful not to be entrusting auction mailings into the chaotic postal mess caused by repeated pre-Christmas strikes. With much regret we once again decided to hold this postponed auction as a virtual event. It was better not to burden would-be attenders with the cost and time of train travel halfway across the UK.

Programme for 2023    Auctions 98, 99, 100 and other meetings and talks
Details will be posted here as soon as confirmed. The first meeting of 2023 is expected to be a week or two after Easter.

Our London venue is: Lower Meeting Room, Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, London EC1Y 1AU.
This is located in the City of London, between Old Street (Northern Line) and Moorgate tube stations. We must leave the Wesley centre by 3.50pm. Click to see how to get there.

This journal is running very late and has not yet been issued to members. We have three editors working on this journal, on Spring 2019 and Autumn 2019, so there is hope of catching up the backlog eventually. The closure of museums and libraries made it impossible to get images needed for certain articles.

Simon Brett “THIRTY MORE YEARS” Bookplates 1990-2020
Published by The Reading Room Press, 190 copies set in Perpetua and printed on an Albion on Zerkall paper. Case-bound in quarter cloth with a patterned paper incorporating the plate deemed, by mutual accord, to be the best from these thirty more years. Of the sixty-eight bookplates cut by Simon Brett since 1990, thirty-four are reproduced, all but two printed from the wood. The trees and sailing ship pictorial for printer Miles Wigfield was an inevitable selection. The two previous books about Simon's ex-libris (Klaus Rodel, Frederikshavn, 1982 and Fleece Press 1989) were by the late Brian North Lee, that doyen of the genre. Here, at the instigation of the printer, the text is by the artist himself. Stop Press: A proof of plate no.150, Bryan Welch Et in Arcadia Ego, printed and signed by the artist, will be tipped in to the first 100 copies ordered. Orders to Dr Miles Wigfield, Coneygar Lodge, Quenington. Glos. GL7 5BZ (T: 01285 750662 E: miles.wigfield AT ).

Out of date reports and some obituary notices are now on a separate webpage.

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