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Delighted to see the British Armorial Bindings database online, thanks to the Bibliographical Society of London and the University of Toronto.

Building on the work of the late John Morris, continued by Philip Oldfield, the database aims to offer a “comprehensive catalogue of all the coats of arms, crests, and other heraldic devices that have been stamped by British owners on the outer covers of their books, together with the bibliographical sources of the stamps”.

Heraldry offers vital clues when studying provenance.  The database will make it much easier for librarians, academics and the antiquarian trade to trace owners from their heraldic devices on bindings, bookplates etc.  It is freely available and will continue to be updated as new discoveries are made.