Seven 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 my bibliophilic friends. And I already had the resource to supply the material for the keepsakes: twelve essays from Contributions to Biblionotes, the "unofficial" newsletter of the "Bibliomites." Walter Harris was its editor, which means he was the author of most if not all of the contributions to Biblionotes.
I posted Walter Harris's first six essays to Biblionotes as my first six Christmas blog posts: Ex-Libris, Chapbooks, Grangerisers, Miniature Books, Peter Motteux, and The Bewicks and Their Bookplates. This year I am posting one of Walter Harris's essays on obscure private presses: The Rochester Press.
If you want to know more about Bibliomites, Biblionotes, and Walter Harris before reading this year's Christmas blog post, I recommend that you read my Dec 2013 Biblio Researching blog post:
About Bibliomites, Biblionotes, and Walter "Wally" Harris.
My Previous Christmas Blog Posts:
Christmas 2012: Ex-Libris
Christmas 2013: Chapbooks
Christmas 2014: Grangerisers
Christmas 2015: Miniature Books
Christmas 2016: Peter Motteux
Christmas 2017: The Bewicks and Their Bookplates
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