On June 30, 2012, I took my blog viewers on a virtual tour of my extensive Mary Hyde Collection. Since then I have added more books and various pieces of ephemera to the collection. And today I will give a Second Virtual Tour of My Mary Hyde Collection.
Today is the last day of March, Women's History Month. And I will begin the tour with a book containing the conversations of the Bluestockings, some rather famous English ladies from the latter part of the eighteenth century: Conversations, or, the Bas Bleu. Addressed to Mrs. Hyde.
I still hadn't selected a bookplate for my library four years later. But in May 2017, I decided to create separate bookplates for two of my collections. My friend Charles Brown greatly improved upon the bookplate of my Mary Hyde Collection. Keeping portraits of Shakespeare and Johnson was a no-brainer; Mary Hyde was a Shakespeare collector before she became a Samuel Johnson Collector. I pasted the bookplate in a spare set of Four Oaks Farm and Four Oaks Library that I donated for the silent auction at the season-ending banquet of the Florida Bibliophile Society that month.