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Thomas G. Boss forged bookplate collection

Identifier: MS-0984

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Content Description

A collection of inauthentic bookplates collected by Thomas G. Boss. Contents include restrikes (i.e., unauthorized reprints from the original printing plates), reprints, tributes, and reproductions. The original bookplates date from the 14th Century to the 21st century; as these are forgeries and reproductions, all are undated, although some appear to be from the 18th or 19th century. A small amount of additional information in the form of clippings, newsletters, and pamphlets on historical bookplates is included with this collection.


  • Creation: 1954-2011 and undated

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.


0.47 Cubic Feet (1 legal full box)

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A collection of inauthentic bookplates. Contents include restrikes, reprints, tributes, and reproductions.


Bookplates have been arranged alphabetically by name on bookplate, except in a few cases where the artist was known but no name is associated with the bookplate or Boss had grouped together a set of bookplates that were designed by a single artist or produced in a single artist's style; in these cases, the bookplate is alphabetized under the artist's name. Three folders, which were arranged by Boss, contain various categories of inauthentic George Washington bookplates.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Thomas G. Boss in multiple accessions. See files for more information.


Accruals and

Related Materials

See also MS-0580, the Bibliotheca Fictiva Manuscript Collection.

Processing Information

Processed in January 2024 by Jenelle Clark.

Genre / Form

Guide to the Thomas G. Boss forged bookplate collection
Jenelle Clark
January 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA