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Ex Libris: Bookplates from the Raynor Library Collections

G. L. Lazarus Plate


G. L. Lazarus Plate
Context from a physical exhibition at the archive's reading room
Owner: G. L. Lazarus. In his professional life, George Louis Lazarus was part of the Lazarus Brothers, jobbers on the London Stock Exchange. He became a great collector of modern rare books, and worked with London book dealer Bertram Rota to identify material for his collections. His collection reflected the work of numerous notable authors including D. H. Lawrence, John Forsythe, H. G. Wells, Virginia Woolf, and Elizabeth Bowen.

Plates: Lazarus seems to have commissioned at least two personalized bookplates. The first depicts an elderly scholar reading by candle light. The artist is unidentified, and the style is very reminiscent of the popular art nouveau illustration of the time.

The second plate depicts a child laying on the ground, reading between stylized dryads (wood nymphs) and elves. This plate was designed by Arthur Rackham, English book illustrator who was named one of the finest illustrators of the early 20th century, and also representative of the Art Nouveau movement. Rackham was extremely well known for his fantasy illustration.
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A bald man reading at desk in heavily curtained room in Art Deco style
G. L. Lazarus 
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