Five years ago, I began a custom that bookmen in the past have enjoyed doing, among them Luther A. Brewer and A. Edward Newton. Each Christmas they published a keepsake and sent it to their friends. I decided to post my Christmas keepsakes on My Sentimental Library blog, and share them with all of my readers. And I already had the bibliophilic resource to supply the material for the keepsakes: Contributions to Biblionotes, the "unofficial" newsletter of the "Bibliomites." Walter Harris was its editor, which means he was the author of practically all the contributions to Biblionotes.
I posted Walter Harris's first four essays as my first four Christmas blog posts: Ex-libris, Chapbooks, Grangerisers and Miniature Books. This year I am posting his essay on Peter Motteux (1663-1718). You may not recognize that name, but you will recognize the titles of the books he is associated with.
If you want to know a little bit about Bibliomites, Biblionotes, and Walter Harris before reading this year's Christmas blog post, you are only one click away:
(first published Dec 2013)
Here are links to my previous Christmas blog posts:
2015: Miniature Books