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Collection of bookplates by Robert Osmond

Call Number: BKP 130

Scope and Contents

The collection contains bookplates, original sketches, and proofs by the English engraver Robert Osmond (1874-1959). It also includes additional bookplates that may or may not be the work of Osmond as well as some related correspondence and ephemera.


  • 1898-1961
  • Majority of material found within 1900 - 1930


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been transferred to Yale University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from John Rutherford Osmond, 1960.


Organized into four series: I. Bookplates by Osmond. II. Bookplates by Other Artists. III. Sketches. IV. Correspondence and Ephemera.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The collection contains bookplates by the English engraver Robert Osmond (1874-1959).

Biographical / Historical

Robert Osmond (1874-1959) was born in Islington, North London. At the age of 14, he was apprenticed to the engraver William R. Corke, whose gold- and silversmith business was located in Northampton Square, Clerkenwell. Osmond received numerous awards for his designs and engravings, which Corke had submitted to exhibitions and competitions. After a seven-year apprenticeship, Osmond headed the engraving branch of W. R. Corke located in the West End of London.

In 1905 Osmond began designing and engraving bookplates for John & Edward Bumpus Ltd. He eventually left Corke and set up his own business on nearby Warwick Street. William Phillips Barrett (1861-1938) was also an employee of Bumpus, but Barrett was responsible for bookplate orders rather than the engraving. Nevertheless, Barrett’s initials appear on hundreds of bookplate designs produced by the Bumpus firm. Many of the W.P.B. designs may in fact be the work of Osmond or other engravers associated with Bumpus (including J.A.C. Harrison, John Edward Syson, Charles Bird, and George Ernest Vize). By 1910, Osmond seems to have been the exclusive in-house engraver for Bumpus bookplates. He had a long and prolific career, including numerous works exhibited at the Royal Academy.

Reference: Lee, Brian North. Bookplates by Robert Osmond. London: The Bookplate Society, 1998. ALSC Call Number: Z996.O86 L44 1998 (LC)

Processing Information

Original files were labeled “Osmond proofs, materials, & letters.”

These materials were separated from the filing cabinets which housed the Pearson-Lowenhaupt Collection of English and American Bookplates.

Guide to the Collection of Bookplates by Robert Osmond
Compiled by Nathaniel Dolquist
April 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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